Ingredient: bag sweet baby greens (like Fresh Express)

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Beef and Cheddar Cheese Chowder

Served with green salad with maple dressing-

I threw together this soup one day when my oldest daughter was feeling run down. She loves Whole Foods Market’s version but declared my version just as good. It’s so simple to make and adding chopped spinach to an energizing protein-rich base balances hormones and boosts immunity.

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Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Served with Columbia Restaurant’s 1905 salad-

When I first moved to Tampa, Florida, I had never heard of black beans, let alone tasted them. A staple of Cuban food, black beans are very versatile and used almost everyday. Now I eat them on a regular basis, and this is my version of Moros Y Cristianos (Moors and Christians), by far my family’s favorite recipe for this humble bean.

The name of this dish refers to the wars between the Moors (blacks) and the Spaniards (whites). It is a reminder of the Spanish influence on Cuba.

The Columbia is a famous Spanish restaurant in Tampa. It is known for its flamingo dancers and authentic Spanish/Cuban cuisine; the 1905 salad being one of its specialties. This is my vegetarian version, as I have omitted the meat and changed out the iceberg to butter lettuces.