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Shrimp, Coconut and Plantain Soup (Sopa de Camarones, Coco y Plátano) Recipe
Shrimp, Coconut and Plantain Soup (Sopa de Camarones, Coco y Plátano)

Sopa de Camarones, Coco y Plátano is a Colombian classic. Rich, creamy, and spicy, it's sure to warm you up on a cold day.


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Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup (Sopa de Lentejas con Carne y Quinua)
Lentil, Beef, and Quinoa Soup (Sopa de Lentejas con Carne y Quinua)

Soups are a staple in the Colombian diet. Regardless of the outside temperature, our internal thermostat calls for a hearty bowl of sopa caliente. Heralded for its restorative powers, in my family, soup had magical ones as well. When I was a child in Colombia, my mamita and my mom would wisely advise: "If you’re not feeling well, eat soup. If you want to be tall and cute, eat soup. If you want to be smart, eat soup. If you want to have dessert, eat soup."


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Lentils, Beef and Quinoa Soup (Sopa de Lentejas con Carne y Quinua) Recipe
Lentil, Beef and Quinoa Soup (Sopa de Lentejas con Carne y Quinua)

Summer to winter, any day in Colombia calls for a hearty, healthy bowl of soup. Soothing and restorative, soups are a staple in the Colombian diet, promising to cure what ails you. This lentil, beef, and quinoa soup is no exception. Make it your own by switching up the lentils and swapping the beef for pork, chicken or chorizo. Or make it meatless and serve it with a poached egg on top.


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Cocadas
Dulce de Leche and Coconut Bars (Cocadas de Arequipe)

Cocadas are a popular Colombian dessert made with shredded coconut. There are many variations of Cocadas, dependent on the area of Colombia. This variation is made with arequipe, a traditional Colombian caramel sauce.


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