How to make a punch piñata

Piñatas are so much fun! In Mexico all the little ones get excited about breaking a piñata and of course getting goodies that come out flying to the ground! It’s all fun and joy until there’s a little one who didn’t get anything, right? I have this DIY so that you make a piñata with a more fair fun!

I was looking for ideas for my son’s birthday celebration at school. I got so excited to know piñatas were allowed in his school! I was browsing on Pinterest for ideas when I saw a post about how to make a punch piñata by Gray House Harbor, and it hit me! I’d seen them already, but I couldn’t remember much about them.

I decided to make my own in order to ease Robbie’s teacher’s mind as she wouldn’t have to deal with children crying or being sad because they didn’t get anything from the piñata. With this piñata, each kid would get the same amount and type of goodies. Here is the list of things you’ll need and the instructions for you to make your own!

This is what you’ll need:

– a long rectangular cardboard box (I used two LaCroix boxes)

– poster paper

– sharp cutter

– tissue paper

– paper cups

– duct tape & masking tape

– small goodies for the cups

I went to my local Dollar Tree and got most of the materials, and even the goodies! Their sharp cutter is actually really good! So if you don’t have one, you know where to go.

First, if you don’t have a long enough box, put together cardboard boxes and paste them using duct tape. Draw as many circles as you’ll have guests. I used a lid of a mason jar to draw 19 circles. Cut out the circles using a sharp cutter. Don’t forget to add some cardboard on the bottom to avoid scratching surfaces.

Wrap the cardboard box using wrapping paper or poster paper. Then, score the paper in each of the circles like a pizza. The paper will work as flaps when we insert the cups.

I used paper cups with small goodies in them. I covered each of them with tissue paper and I used some masking tape to keep the paper in place. I used 3 layers of tissue paper, as it tends to be a bit translucent.

Here you can see how I stuffed items in cups, and covered each cup with tissue paper. The masking tape worked great to keep the cover in place!

The goodies I included in each of the cups were a small activity book, an eraser, a Lego like person, and some Pop Rocks candy. I found most of these items at the Dollar Tree store. The little activity books were a Facebook marketplace find we got for free!

Back of the piñata

TIP: you can reinforce the cardboard boxes using duct tape.

The kids had a lot of fun! Each of them got the same amount of goodies, and it was overall such a fun time for them! A win!

Robbie getting ready to punch his piñata

I hope you like this idea!

Michelle | con limón, please

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Screen-free fun with The Adventures of Cairo

Motherhood has me always thinking of ways of keeping my children entertained; specially my oldest son, Robbie, who is 5 years old. When my son is not in school or it’s the weekend, I always try to keep him entertained with screen-free activities. I like activities where we can all be together and participate in them, and that actually make us interact more as a family. Listening to podcasts has been the answer! Ever since Robbie started getting interested in them, we started looking for family friendly options. Today, I have a recommendation for you and for your little ones: The Adventures of Cairo, Wondery’s newest children’s podcast.

The Adventures of Cairo podcast

The Adventures of Cairo focuses on the life of Cairo Carter, a 7 year-old boy who lives in a big city. Each episode is filled with a life lesson, and day to day issues that little ones may face. There’s always a morale at the end, and you can find something to talk about with your little ones after listening to the episodes. The life of Cairo revolves around his family, friends, school, and exploring and learning.

The podcast episodes are well done. They do a great job with sound effects, the music, and each of the characters has a different voice. Children can start identifying the voices of characters, which I think it’s great!

What do we like about the Adventures of Cairo?

My favorite part about this podcast is that the situations are very common. Cairo has an older brother, Omari, and they live with their parents. Their dad works at the airport, and he has night shifts. It’s really cool that they give the dad a night shift, isn’t it? On another note, representation matters, and for me having my sons see and hear different people from different races and backgrounds is really important. There’s a little Latino boy named Enrique! The music is so fun! Every time we play the episodes, baby Antonio, who is 18 months old, starts dancing to the beat.

My son Robbie said when I asked him what he thought about it that the episodes have very normal situations, haha, that’s how he described it. However, after listening to them, he likes to go deeper in the topic. For example, we talked about bullies, what to do, and what not to do when being bullied, and so on. I think he really likes it!

New episodes are released every Tuesday, and you can listen to this family friendly podcast on Apple Podcasts, the Wondery app, or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Listen to the Adventures of Cairo

I hope you and your little ones give The Adventures of Cairo a go, and let me know what you think about it!

 Michelle | con limón, please.

DIY biodegradable St. Valentine’s garland

Valentine’s Day is such a lovely holiday. In Mexico we call it Day of Love and Friendship. I love hearts and all the décor that comes with it. However, many of the décor is disposable, and even most things you can basically only use them once. I wanted to create something either made of paper, or even something sustainable and biodegradable! I saw this cute idea from Valerie Garcia back in December. She used orange peel to make gift tags! So I thought I could follow her lead and make a dry orange peel heart garland for Valentine’s Day!

You’ll need:

  • 4-5 navel oranges (big oranges work better)
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Jute cord or cotton string
  • Cooling rack and baking sheet

Preheat oven at 200°F (90°C). Cut the ends of your oranges, and slice the peel lengthwise. Peel it off carefully so that the peel stays as whole as possible. This way you’ll have more area to work with.

Place the orange peel with its inside up on a cutting board. Use a sharp cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes. Press hard with your palm to get an even cut. Place the hearts on a cooling rack on a baking sheet, or on your baking sheet using some parchment paper.

Place the tray in the oven, and bake for about 2h.

Remove from the oven, and use a needle and jute cord or cotton cord to string your hearts and form a garland as long as you need it. Et voilà! Your garland is ready to make your place look more charming!

NOTES:
* I recommend using bigger oranges so that you get more material to work with. Even bring your cookie cutter to the store, and buy some that are good for its size
* Don’t be tempted to add more temperature to the oven
* If you don’t have a cooling rack, don’t forget to use parchment paper on your baking sheet so that the shapes don’t get stuck on it
* Play around with this sustainable idea! You can buy grapefruit, red oranges, or even limes!

The best part about this DIY is that it is completely sustainable, biodegradable, and you get to eat your oranges! Click here to see what I did with mine. Also, you can totally adapt your garland to any other holiday. And even make ornaments and gift tags for Christmas!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Michelle | con limón, please

Some other garlands I’ve made before:

St. Valentine’s Day date idea at home

St. Valentine’s Day snack idea: St. Valentine’s popcorn

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For some more St. Valentine’s Day craft ideas go see what my friends shared!

Valentine’s Day Craft: Thumbprint Tree by Ally

DIY Valentine’s Day banner by Cammie

Simple Valentine’s Day Toddler Craft: Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies by Kirsten

Colorful Heart Garland for DIY Valentine’s Photos by Amy

Valentine DIY decor by Kimberly

Valentine’s Day Craft by Christa

Valentine Love Wands by mamallamallama

Yarn Crafts Valentines Edition by Stephanie

DIY Valentine’s Day Tree Decor by Alex

Valentines Day Craft for Kids by Alexa

Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers by Surabhi

5 ideas para empezar el Año Nuevo de la mejor manera

El Año Nuevo aquí está. No importa si estás festejando con familia o amigos, o quedándote en casa con tu familia, o si estás solx, tengo estas ideas listas para que comiences el Año Nuevo de la mejor manera. A veces pensar en escribir propósitos se torna aburrido y estresante, ¿cierto? Bueno, estas 5 ideas son diferentes, ¡y me emociona compartirlas contigo!

1. Haz el reto de los 52 sobres
Estoy muy entusiasmada por esta idea que mi esposo y yo vamos a poner en marcha. Necesitas 52 sobres, 1 por cada semana del año. Luego escribes en ellos comenzando con $1, y hasta $52. Cada semana tomarás uno de los sobres y pondrás esa cantidad de dinero dentro de él. Puedes comenzar con el sobre $1, y así sucesivamente, o puedes tomar algún otro sobre con mayor cantidad si puedes solventarlo. ¡Una vez que el año haya terminado tendrías $1378!
Si quieres ahorrar el doble, toma dos sobres cada semana. Después reutiliza los sobres y cuando hayan pasado las 52 semanas habrías ahorrado $2756.
Adapta este reto al tipo de monera que utilices. Si me estás leyendo en México puedes hacer sobres desde $10 pesos hasta $520. ¡Al final del año ahorrarías $13780!
Si quieres saltarte el uso de los sobres, puedes imprimir esta tabla para que ahorres organizadamente.

Credito a queridodinero.com

2. Juega el Juego de 30 días de Minimalismo

Vivir una vida minimalista es honestamente difícil. Hace este reto minimalista de 30 días te ayudará a que consigas muchísimo. Los Minimalistas tuvieron la idea de este reto. Ya lo hemos hecho dos veces. Joshua y Ryan, los minimalistas, tuvieron esta idea en la que en un mes ¡te deshaces de 464 objetos! En el primer día te deshaces de una cosa, en el segundo de dos, y así la llevas. Como dices Los Minimalistas: “lo que sea cuenta”.
Puedes donar, vender, o tirar a la basura los objetos. Los primeros días son fáciles, pero a como avanza el mes, se torna más y más difícil. Voy a estar compartiendo mi experiencia en mis historias por Instagram.

Cómo jugar el juego de los 30 días del reto minimalista de Los Minimalistas

3. Ponte objetivos razonables
Los objetivos a corto plazo son mucho más manejables. Si estás pensando en un objetivo o propósito a largo plazo que quisieras conseguir, divídelo en pasos o en propósitos a corto plazo que al final te ayudarán a conseguir el gran objetivo. El ponernos propósitos que sabemos que es más probable que logremos nos da una pauta diferente. Quisiera tener mejor organización este año, así que comenzaré con nuestra casa, y aspectos de mi vida que de hecho pueda controlar. ¡Quiero una agenda este año!

4. Crea rutinas
No importa si es algo pequeño que hagas para ti mismo, o para alguien más. Crear una rutina nos ayuda a alcanzar nuestros objetivos. Para rutinas diarias puede ser algo tan simple como querer movernos más, o alcanzar cierto número de pasos (si tienes cómo contarlos), limpiar tu cocina cada noche, etc. Estas rutinas pueden ser divididas en salud, mente, familia, amistades, desarrollo personal, y cualquier otro tema o clasificación que se te ocurra. Enfócate primero en rutinas que necesites, y después en rutinas que quieras.

5. Toma más agua
El cuidado personal es tan importante. Heme aquí diciéndote esto e ignorando muchísimas veces mis necesidades. Pero en fin, el beber agua es una de las formas más básicas de auto cuidado. El agua lleva oxígeno por dentro de nuestro cuerpo, y mejora la salud de nuestra piel. Nuestro sistema digestivo depende de una buena hidratación, y ayuda a que nuestros cuerpos se deshagan de lo que no necesita. Tengo una aplicación en mi teléfono que me recuerda cada hora durante el día que debo de tomar agua. Además puedes llevar rastro de cuánta agua has tomado. Da click aquí para darle un vistazo. Es muy fácil de personalizar, e incluso puedes accesarla desde tu reloj inteligente.

Comenzar un nuevo año a veces puede ser súper abrumador. Ver a los demás con sus listas de propósitos y objetivos llega a ser intimidante. Seguir una o todas mis ideas te ayudará a tener un buen comienzo. Recuerda que no necesitas comenzar el primero de enero. Tómate los días que necesitas, ¡y a darle! ¿Qué más agregarías a estas ideas? ¡Dime en comentarios!

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Que el 2022 traiga lo que necesitas.

 Michelle | con limón, please

Nuestro Top 10 de tradiciones Navideñas

¡Es la temporada de fiestas decembrinas! Me encanta que las fiestas nos hacen sentir alegría y calor incluso cuando hace mucho frío afuera. En nuestro hogar celebramos la Navidad, ¡y estoy feliz de que mi pequeña familia ya tenga algunas tradiciones! Espero que estas te inspiren, ¡y que agregues una o más a tu lista!

1. Comprar un árbol de Navidad
Compramos nuestro árbol después de Día de Gracias, y nos gusta decorarlo en familia. Siempre compramos árboles naturales o reales, ya que creemos que es más sostenible, y mejor para el medio ambiente.

2. Enviar tarjetas de Navidad a nuestros seres queridos
Este año nos volvimos un poco mejor en esto. Tomamos las fotos con más anticipación, y estábamos preparados con tiempo para imprimir nuestras tarjetas y enviarlas. Trabajamos con Nations Photo Lab. Las mandamos imprimir en papel de bambú. ¡Estoy súper feliz con ellas! Siempre las dejo en blanco por detrás para así poder personalizar cada una de ellas. Por cierto, ¡aún no es tarde! Puedes mandar imprimir agunas y enviarlas como buenos deseos de Año Nuevo (¡como lo hicimos nosotros el ano pasado!).

3. Hacer adornos para el árbol de Navidad
Me encanta hacer adornos sostenibles para nuestro árbol de Navidad. Usualmente hacemos de naranjas deshidratadas, como lo hicimos este año. Ve AQUÍ para leer mi publicación en el blog con instrucciones de mi método. También los adornos de masa de sal son súper divertidos para los pequeños. Es como hacer galletas, y ellos pueden pintarlos ya que estén secos.

4. Escribir cartas para Santa
Aunque Robbie aún no sepa leer ni escribir, siempre hacemos una carta para Santa. Dibujamos o pegamos algún recorte de un juguete que mi hijo quisiera tener. No sé sobre tú y tu familia, pero nuestros hijos sólo reciben un regalo de Santa. Ponemos las cartas en sobres y los acomodamos en el árbol por unos días antes de “enviarlos” al Polo Norte.

5. Decorar una casita de galleta de jengibre
Hemos decorado casitas de jengibre dos años seguidos, y me encanta la idea de que sea parte de nuestras tradiciones. ¡Son tan divertidas! Robbie ayudó mucho este año, y no puedo esperar para que el siguiente año Antonio se una a la diversion sin intentar llenarse la boca de todos los dulces. Da un vistazo AQUÍ para que veas cómo decoramos nuestra más reciente casita.

6. Poner el Nacimiento
Tenemos un pequeño Nacimiento que ha sido de mi esposo por años. Les enseñamos a Robbie y a Antonio sobre él cuando lo ponemos, y durante el tiempo que lo tenemos.

7. Calendario de Adviento
Este año el Calendario de Adviento ha sido buenísimo. ¡Robbie tiene una idea más clara de cuánto tiempo falta para Navidad! El año pasado usamos uno con dulces mexicanos. Este año no tuve tiempo para prepararlo, así que hice uno utilizando uno de nuestros pizarrones de letras.

8. Hacer trabajo como voluntarios
Tratamos de encontrar alguna actividad para hacer voluntariado cada año en algo que sea beneficioso para nuestra comunidad. Este año mi esposo está ayudando en un evento de donaciones de abrigos para una organización local.

9. Hacer galletas o postre Navideño
Cada año hacemos galletas de Navidad, pero este año me puse un poco más creativa con mi postre favorito. Hice roles de canela de masa madre, ¡y los convertí en pequeños Rodolfos!

10. Auto cinema
Gracias al COVID-19 hemos sido capaces de agregar esta actividad como una de nuestras tradiciones. En Chicago puedes ir a ChiTown Movies. La experiencia nos ha fascinado, y puedes comprar tarjetas de regalo para regalar a alguien, e incluso puedes encontrar súper descuentos en Groupon!

Hay otras pequeñas cosas que nos gusta agregar y hacer durante esta temporada. Vamos a caminatas en nuestro vecindario para ver las decoraciones y luces de Navidad. También sacamos libros de Navidad y de Fiestas de la biblioteca, además de los que ya tenemos. Cuando está haciendo mucho frío nos vamos en el carro y manejamos por otros vecindarios para ver las luces. También ponemos canciones navideñas en español o inglés. Por supuesto que no falta que veamos algún clásico navideño los fines de semana, también.

Espero que mi lista te inspire a agregar algo a tu lista de tradiciones. También espero que si estabas pensando en agregar alguna de ellas, que el leer sobre ello te haya motivado.

¡Te deseo una muy Feliz Navidad, y un Feliz y Próspero Año Nuevo!

 Michelle | con limón, please

How-to: dried orange slices for your winter décor

Winter comes and with it comes orange season! I love the smell of freshly cut slices of orange, but have you smelled them baked? Or have you ever boiled some orange rinds with rosemary or cinnamon? Well, that’s a post for another time. Today we’re baking them! Yep, we dehydrate them in the oven. Dried orange slices can be used for any type of décor around your home. I’d like to share with you my method for drying oranges.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • 5-7 oranges in different sizes
  • Baking sheets
  • Cooling trays

First, preheat your oven at 200F. Place the cooling trays on top of the cookie sheets. Using cooling trays on top of the baking sheets helps keeping the oranges from getting stuck, and it helps them dehydrate evenly. I wanted to take more advantage of the oven time, so I used our air fryer rack as well.

Cut the oranges in slices. Make sure they’re not too thin, maybe 1/5 of an inch would be good. Place the slices on top of the cooling trays. Make sure not to overlap them. Place them in the oven for 4 hours.
Yep, four hours. No, it’s not too long. It’s just the perfect time to get them dehydrated. Sit back and enjoy the smell!

Once your orange slices are ready, you can start decorating your home. Every year I like to replace the garland on our kitchen window. I also use them to make ornaments for our Christmas tree. Biodegradable is the new black! I had to make a whole round of orange ornaments this year since the previous ones were used for two years! They were looking kind of sad this year, to be honest.

Here’s this gallery with visual instructions for the garland:

NOTES:
* Do not try to save time adding more temperature to the oven. Be patient!
* Use a big needle to thread the slices either for a garland or ornaments
* You can add a pop of smell and color to the slices with rosemary, cinnamon, or my star anise!
* Use cotton cord, baker’s twine (I get my baker’s twine at the Dollar Tree), or use any other natural thread, such as jute string, which by the way looks so beautiful



I hope you get festive with this idea!

 Michelle | con limón, please


Tres leches rice pudding

Rice pudding is my go to nostalgic dessert. I feel it’s also my go to pregnancy craving. Raisins are a must in my mom’s rice pudding, so I always try to put them in mine. Sometimes I don’t add different types of milk, and some other times I don’t add raisins. If I don’t have raisins, I like to add some lime zest, or even vanilla extract. My tres leches rice pudding is my favorite so far, so here is my recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3c water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1c white rice
  • 2c milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1/2c condensed milk
  • 1/2c raisins (optional)
  • Ground cinnamon for serving (optional)

Boil some water to soak the rice for 10mim (separate from the water listed in ingredients). This will make your rice be tender. Grab a pot, and add the water and the cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil. When the water with cinnamon is boiling, and the rice. Simmer in medium low for 15min with the lid slightly ajar.

Add the milk, evaporated milk, the condensed milk, and the raisins. Mix well, and cook for 15min at low heat. Be careful and stir occasionally, as when milk boils it spills out of the pot.

Serve warm or cold. Sprinkle some cinnamon on it, and enjoy!

NOTES:
* If you choose to use brown rice, cook the rice with water and cinnamon for 30min.
* Feel free to use the milk of your choice. The higher fat percentage, the creamier texture you’ll get.
* If you’re vegan and you’d like to try this recipe use cashew or oat milk. Sweeten it with sugar or a sweetener of your choice instead of using condensed milk.
*Feel free to play with the add-ins. When I don’t have raisins and I still want to make rice pudding, I add lime zest or vanilla extract. Some other dry fruit would be lovely as well.
*Store in the fridge in air-tight container for up to 7 days.
*Add milk after it’s been in the fridge as it tends to thicken when it gets cold.

¡Buen provecho!

Michelle | con limón, please

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Authentic slow cooker barbacoa tacos

For those of you who don’t know, I was born and raised in Hermosillo, in Sonora, Mexico. In that part of Mexico, we take pride on how we can endure being in very high temperatures, how the beef we have in our state is the best in the country, and why the way of preparing meals Sonoran style is the best around. Barbacoa is a Mexican staple, and you can make it either with beef or with pork. Follow this recipe for an authentic Sonoran barbacoa that you can put in your taquitos, tortas, quesadillas, totopos, etc.

If you’re the kind of people who like to get to the point, you can click here to watch my YouTube video. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this easy recipe. Add everything to your slow cooker, and forget about it!

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs (1kg) pork shoulder (or pork butt; beef shoulder or tenderloin)
  • 2tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 head garlic
  • 4 guajillo peppers
  • 1 yellow or white onion
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/4tsp black pepper corn
  • 2tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 liter water

For the tacos:

  • 24 corn tortillas
  • Cilantro
  • Onion
  • Limes

Cut the meat in chunks, and add them to your crock pot or slow cooker. Rinse the peppers, and cut the onion in 4 parts. Add all the ingredients to the meat. Cover it and set it to high for 3-4 hours. Then, switch to low, and let it cook overnight. You will love the smell of the meat cooking.

Add all the ingredients to the pot. Set it in high for 3-4h, and then let it cook overnight.

Once your meat is cooked, take the peppers out and remove the stems, and add them to a blender. If you want to taste the spiciness of the broth little by little, add a pepper at a time. Sometimes some pepper are hotter than others, so if you’re sensitive to spiciness, this is a good practice. Add the onion as well. Pull out the meat from your pot, and put it on a board. Strain the broth into the blender. Blend for a minute, and strain again when you transfer it to a pot you’ll use on the stove top.

Pull the meat using two forks or your fingers, and get rid of fatty parts if you’d like. Add the meat to the pot containing the broth, put it on your stove top and bring it to a boil. Taste for salt level, and add more to taste.

While the barbacoa is boiling, finely chop some cilantro and onion to add to your tacos. These are the most classic ingredients people add to their barbacoa tacos, but you could also add cabbage or radishes, for example.

Prepare your taquitos! Warm up the tortillas in the microwave or on your stovetop, add some meat, cilantro, onion, some lime juice, and of course, a salsa. Here are some video links to some of my authentic taste salsas:
Restaurant Style Salsa
Better at home roasted Salsa Verde
Red Tomatillo Salsa

NOTES:
*You can use beef, pork, or even both!
*Add less guajillo peppers to the cooking process if you can’t stand any heat
*If you added all the peppers to the slow cooker, and you taste the broth and think it’s a bit spicy, don’t add all of them to the blending process

¡Buen provecho!

 Michelle | con limón, please.

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I’ve connected with some amazing bloggers to share some blogs featuring crockpot meals! Chili, soups, broths, and more! Head to each of their blogs to check out what they are sharing.

Easy Slow Cooker Chili by Ashley

Fit Men Cook Recipe Review | Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos by Heather

How To: Italian Chicken & Baby Potatoes in an Instant Pot by Amy

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork by Laila

Mexican Lentil Soup Sonoran style

Growing up, I remember eating lentil soup either at home in Hermosillo, or at my grandmas’ house. It was a pretty simple soup, but super tasty and heartwarming. We’d always have it at noon, and it didn’t matter if it was a hot summer day. A warm freshly made corn tortilla with a spread of butter wrapped like a burrito in one hand, and a spoon full of soup in the other. Sometimes with some queso fresco, and once you were old enough, you’d add chiltepín peppers to yours.

When I moved to Chicago, I started craving the tastes of my hometown. I called my mom one day and I asked her for her lentil soup recipe. My mom never tells you amounts. She only says “add some of this, some of that, a little bit of that”, and so on. So, every time I’d make this soup, I’d also just add some of this, some of that, and I didn’t have the amounts written down to be able to share them.

This is the note I made over 4 years ago when I was on the phone with my mom. The lines mean those ingredients go together. Ingredients are in the order to be added. No amounts, no cooking times.

What I like the most about this soup is that is full of protein and iron, and it’s versatile. You can add bacon as the first ingredients to fry, or ham after your add the broth if you’d like to add even more protein and a taste twist. But hey! I have finally come up with the amounts for you to try my soup!

Ingredients:

1 1/2c dry lentils
1/4 yellow or white medium onion
2 garlic cloves
1 or 2 tomatoes (about 1/2c)
1 serrano or jalapeño pepper

2tbsp cooking oil
4c chicken broth (or 4c of water and bouillon of your preference, it could be beef or vegetable)
Salt and pepper to taste

*About 2c of boiling water to soak the lentils

The first step is to add boiling water to the lentils. Let them soak while you’re preparing the rest of the ingredients. Finely dice the onion and the garlic. I like to use a garlic press. Finely chop the tomato. Seed the pepper and chop it. Leave the seeds if you’d like a spicy soup; skip the pepper if you don’t like spicy soups.

Once you have all the ingredients ready, grab a pot for your soup, and set it on high heat. Add the cooking oil to your pot; I used olive oil. Then, add the garlic and onion, and cook on medium heat until fragrant. Then add the tomato, and wait for it to look juicy. Add the serrano or jalapeño pepper.

Drain the lentils, and add them to your pot. If you’re using powdered bouillon, now it’s the time to add it. Cook for two minutes stirring occasionally. Add the chicken broth (or water if you’re using powdered bouillon), stir, and bring to a boil. Cover your pot and let it simmer for 15min. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve your soup, and add some queso fresco, chiltepín peppers or chili flakes. Don’t forget your warm corn tortilla burrito!

¡Buen provecho!

 Michelle | con limón, please.

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I’ve connected with some amazing Bloggers to share some blogs featuring heartwarming food recipes! Soups, broths, casseroles & more! Head to each of their blogs to check out what they are sharing.

Cheyenne

30 minute instant pot copy cat Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup

30 Minute Instant Pot Copy Cat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Amy

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Mai

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

https://www.mformai.com/post/recipe-chicken-pot-pie-soup

Krystalyn

Filipino Beef Stew — Sinigang na Baka

How to Make: Sinigang na Baka (Beef Sinigang)

Grace

Super easy Mexican Picadillo Recipe

How to make Picadillo : The Easy Way

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Green bean casserole

https://thegoodwivesblog.com/green-bean-casserole/

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Quick and Easy Chicken Fajita Soup Instant Pot Recipe – Perfect for the Busy Mom

Quick and Easy Chicken Fajita Soup Instant Pot Recipe – Perfect for the Busy Mom