When I was a little girl, coming home from school meant two things; Homework first and then enjoying a delicious dinner, often made from scratch, by my abuelita or my mami. There are some days that I remember them starting the dinner prep as soon as I walked out the door to go to school. I just assumed when I was older, that I would do the same thing for my family. Well, now I am grown up with a family of my own, and only now do I think... how the hell did they do it?
Between work, my daughter's homework, the suggested "work" to help her do well in school, the groceries, the errands, the traffic... ay! By the time dinner rolls around, estoy cansada. Creating a delicious meal for my family that resembles anything close to what my abuelita and mami made is nearly impossible. Nearly, but not quite. Click through the slideshow below for 10 mouthwatering, Latin Inspired recipes from some of my favorite Latina Food Bloggers. The best part? They are all made in under 20 mins!
Spicy Mexican Chorizo Zucchini Frittata
Chorizo con Huevos was our go-to breakfast every Saturday morning, as chorizo is a common latin cuisine staple. Often mixed with eggs, <a href="http://www.muybuenocookbook.com/2012/08/spicy-mexican-chorizo-zucchini-frittata/" target="_blank">Yvette Marquez's Mexican Chorizo Zucchini Frittata </a>is a modified version of a very traditional breakfast Latin breakfast.
My favorite thing about Sopes is that you can top it with just about anything and create a new dish each time you have it.<a href="http://presleyspantry.com/2013/04/07/how-to-make-sopes/" target="_blank"> Nicole Presley's recipe for Sopes </a>is quick and easy...and you can set out the toppings your family would like so that they can make their own!
Huaraches de Nopal
If you think Latin cuisine can't be fun and healthy, think again. Cactus is often used in Mexican cuisine because it is packed with vitamins and flavor. <a href="http://www.nibblesandfeasts.com/2012/12/huaraches-de-nopal/" target="_blank">Ericka Sanchez's Huaraches de Nopal </a>are lightly grilled and carry even more flavor packed veggies for a healthy dish with a Latin twist.
Ensalada Xec Mayan Citrus and Jicama Salad
Maura Hernandex recreates a traditional salad from the Yucatan area of Mexico. <a href="http://theothersideofthetortilla.com/2013/05/ensalada-xec-spicy-mayan-citrus-jicama-salad/#axzz2cRzfQOkE" target="_blank">This Mayan Citrus and Jicama salad screams devour me. </a>Why go to Mexico when you can bring the resort to your kitchen with this recipe.
French Toast Fruit Salsa
If I could wake up to this every morning, I don't think my snooze button would ever be hit. <a href="http://mom.me/latina-mom/6947-cooking-kids-oven-baked-french-toast-fruit-salsa/" target="_blank">French Toast with Fruit Salsa...YUM.</a>
Enfrijoladas de Pollo
Ericka Sanchez does it again! <a href="http://www.nibblesandfeasts.com/2011/09/enfrijoladas-de-pollo-chicken/" target="_blank">Her Enfrijoladas de Pollo </a>not only are quick to make, but also traditional and kid-friendly, perfect for those soccer practice evenings or when you just have some TV to catch up on.
Tortilla Encrusted Tilapia
The duo of Art Rodriguez and Stephen Chavez of Latino Foodie definitely know how to cook up a meal in a hurry. Inspired by a shopping trip, their <a href="http://latinofoodie.com/2012/01/16/tortilla-encrusted-tilapia-with-a-sweet-and-spicy-twist-on-the-traditional-black-bean-corn-salad/" target="_blank">Tortilla Encrusted Tilapia with Sweet and Spicy Black Bean Corn Salad </a>is a must for every family's menu.
Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza (Squash Blossom Quesadillas)
Another beautiful, healthy and delicious dish in a hurry by the amazing Yvette Marquez! After checking out <a href="http://www.muybuenocookbook.com/2013/08/quesadillas-de-flor-de-calabaza-squash-blossom-quesadillas-video/" target="_blank">these Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza,</a> you'll never see quesadillas the same again.
Queso Fundido with Chorizo
Make this as a snack, a starter or even a main dish. Pattie Cordova's quick and easy <a href="http://www.livingmividaloca.com/2013/05/queso-fundido-with-chorizo.html" target="_blank">Queso Fundido with Chorizo</a> (made here with soy chorizo) will become your family's go-to recipe for a quick meal on the run.