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¡Sano y Sabroso!

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Wed, 2012-10-24
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Healthy and Delicious Insights from the Culinary Arts Program

Día de Los Muertos

Traditionally a pre-Columbian celebration, Día de Los Muertos has survived the conquest and centuries of political and religious upheaval to continue to be celebrated in Mexico and the United States today. Iconic to the celebration of death and the honoring of the ancestors is the sugar skull, which is decorated with colorful frosting and bits of foil. Gifted to children and adults, the name of the recipient is often written on the forehead, a reminder that this life is temporal.

Here at the Culinary Department we love traditions, especially Día de Los Muertos, and particularly edible ones. But the idea of a mouthful of refined white sugar is not only very unappetizing, but strikes us as extremely unhealthy. In our Food Lab we have created a healthy version of the traditional treat. We concocted a recipe for coconut grits, a sort of vegan variation on arroz con leche (rice pudding). In keeping with our healthy eating imitative we have created a frosting made with vegan butter (Earth Balance brand) and decorated our skulls with fresh berries, dried fruits, toasted coconut, and edible flowers.


Feliz Día de Los Muertos a Todos!

Chef Lisa and the Culinary Staff


The Culinary Arts Program at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is funded by The PepsiCo Foundation