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Evette Rios

Evette Ríos is a bilingual lifestyle expert, writer, television host and native New Yorker of Puerto Rican heritage. Ríos is currently the host of CBS's Recipe Rehab. She is also a guest co-host and field correspondent on ABC's The Chew, where she reports on new food and lifestyle trends around the country. She was a host on In A Fix on TLC, FreeStyle on HGTV and The G Word on Planet Green.
Sweet or Salty Heart Shaped Pretzels
All Tied Up: Evette Rios’ Heart-Shaped Pretzels

I love pretzels. In truth, who doesn’t? Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, they're a fun and comforting snack with tons of texture and flavor.


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Sweet and Salty Heart Shaped Pretzels
Sweet or Salty Heart Shaped Pretzels

Does the thought of making pretzels intimidate you? Does it flood you with thoughts of rolling and tying and bending dough? Well, think again. These sweet and salty pretzels are surprisingly easy to make and are a lovely snack. 


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10 Crazy Food Storage Tips that Actually Work!
10 Crazy Food Storage Tips that Work!

Sad news America: The U.S. wastes more food than almost any other country in the world. EPA research shows that American families throw out approximately 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy. This means that the average U.S. family of four tosses out an estimated $1,350 to $2,275 in food every year. Imagine the difference we could make in the world if we saved a little more food? (And the difference in our bank account if we could recoup those thousands?)


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Plantain Hamburger
Plantain Hamburger

Sandwiches de platano are one of the main reasons I love the tiny community of San German, Puerto Rico so much. They're a staple there, available for every meal of the day. Crispy, spicy, fresh, and delicious, I used to buy them during my lunch break from college at a little food truck set up on the edge of the plaza, right in front of The Convento Porta Coeli. It was a clash of old and new: eating a fusion dish while strolling one of the oldest structures in the Americas. 


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Plantain Hamburger
Plantain Hamburger

This plantain hamburger is a delicious Puerto Rican take on a traditional hamburger. Instead of a hamburger bun this recipe uses tostones, fried green plantains as the “bread”. 


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Ropa Vieja Redone
Ropa Vieja Redone

Ropa Vieja, a favorite among Cuban recipes, is deliciously hearty and comforting but not exactly healthy. This Ropa Vieja replaces flank steak with skinless chicken breast and uses reserved chicken broth in lieu of sodium-laden beef stock. It’s a flavorful, guilt-free alternative to a beloved Cuban dish.


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Rincon Fish Tacos

These tasty fish tacos are a lighter, heart-healthier version of a beloved Latin recipe. Here, spice-rubbed cod filets are baked until slightly crispy, nestled in warm corn tortillas, and topped with fresh lettuce, avocado and tomato.

 


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Muffin Tin Tamales
Muffin Tin Tamales

Everybody loves tamales, but it can be tricky to enjoy them when watching your diet. These Muffin Tin Tamales have all the flavor of traditional tamales but with far less fat thanks to lean ground turkey, low-sodium chicken stock, and coconut oil.


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Puerto Rican Rice and Beans (Arroz Con Habichuelas) Recipe
Puerto Rican Rice and Pigeon Peas (Arroz Con Gandules)

Arroz con gandules is a traditional one pot, Puerto Rican dish. Rice is simmered with pigeon peas and gently cooked until cooked and combined.

"This dish puts me in touch with my roots," Rios said. "The aromas fill my apartment with all of the fragrance of family. I love that.”


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