Did you know that October is Hispanic Heritage Month?
Personally, I am not of Hispanic decent, nor is my husband, however we have several Hispanic relatives and many friends of Hispanic decent.
We enjoy Hispanic cooking, especially things like Chimichurri, Fajitas, Gazpacho, Tamales and Empanadas. In fact, our daughter learned to make Empanadas while in middle school and still makes them from time to time.
Admittedly I don’t normally cook Hispanic foods except fajitas, tacos, and occasionally I help my daughter make the empanadas.
Goya and IMUSA were kind enough to send me some wonderful products to help me try out a new recipe (or two) in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. I have several IMUSA products which I love and use often. I also use products made by Goya, so I am very familiar with the brand.
My kids LOVE Chickpeas. They have been snacking on them since they were in elementary school. The brand of Chickpeas I buy for my kids has always been Goya.
I have written about IMUSA products in the past. In case you are unfamiliar with the brand, IMUSA is a leading ethnic housewares brand with deep roots in Latin America and the United States, offering hundreds of affordable housewares products including gadgets, cookware, appliances, cleaning, food storage, espresso, and ethnic specialty items. If you do a search on my site for IMUSA you can see the posts I have written about their products.
IMUSA was kind enough to send me the following products to assist me in trying out some new recipes with a Hispanic flair.
The IMUSA Ceramic Caldero brings an eco-friendly and colorful twist on this staple cookware piece made for cooking a wide variety of dishes including rice and beans, braised meats, stews and soups. Coated with a nonstick ceramic glaze, the IMUSA Ceramic Caldero provides a non-toxic cooking experience free of chemicals, including PFOA, PTFE and cadmium. It is available in two sizes (24 cm and 30cm) and with two different types of lids (glass or silicone rimmed).
I love this “pot/pan” (for lack of a better description). I have used it many times since I’ve received it. It’s great for cooking a variety of meals. It’s a beautiful piece of cookware. I love the red and white coloring. It’s not often you find non-stick cookware with a clean, white surface.
The only thing I am not fond of is that there is nothing coating the handles. If you use this pan you’ll need to wear oven mitts if you need to pick it up.
The IMUSA Bamboo Spider Skimmer is perfect to use when frying due to the stay-cool bamboo handle. This tool is perfect for lifting dumplings, wontons, and tempura from your wok! The unique design drains liquid quickly from your food after frying for better cooking results.
This is a very unique piece of kitchen equipment. I like that is resembles a spider web (it’s very fitting for Halloween). I have used this a few times to remove things from liquid, such as chicken, noodles and vegetables from homemade chicken noodle soup.
The IMUSA Bamboo Mortar & Pestle is perfect for crushing fresh herbs and spices. Cooking with fresh herbs provides a much richer flavor when compared to dried herbs.
I haven’t really used this as of yet, but my husband did use it to crush up our cat’s pills. LOL! I guess it can be used for that reason too, but the REAL way to use this is with herbs. I was going to try and use this to mash up garlic to make a garlic paste.
The IMUSA Tostonera is made from bamboo, ideal for making perfectly pressed tostones (or ‘patacones’) with just the right thickness and shape. The tostonera is an essential tool in the Latin kitchen. Tostones are crispy fried plantains, very popular in Hispanic cuisine as side dishes and appetizers. The IMUSA tostonera easily flattens sliced plantains and prepares them to be fried.
I haven’t tried this as of yet. It’s not a piece of equipment that I would normally have a need for in my kitchen. I’m sure I can find some purpose for it.
The IMUSA Lemon & Lime Squeezer is a handy tool that makes extracting citrus juice a breeze. Simply press down to squeeze and extract juice while pulps and seeds are being separated. The stylish hand-held press has an ergonomic design for comfort, and the yellow or green exterior finishes add just the right amount of color to the bar or kitchen. The squeezer juices lemon or limes quickly, with no mess.
I have one of these and they work GREAT! It makes getting the juice out of lemons and limes so much easier (and less messy) than trying to squeeze the juice out by hand. I use this to put juice on seafood and fish as well as with recipes that require fresh lemon juice.
The IMUSA bean and potato masher with wood handle is a great addition to your kitchen tool set. Whether you like ‘whipped’ or ‘mashed’ potato you can create just the perfect texture with this tool. The small holes allows you to quickly mash without leaving any lumps. Simply put some elbow grease and mash away!
I love this! I love to make homemade mashed potatoes, but I never picked up a masher. This is my first potato masher. I’ve only used it once so far but I know I’ll be making A LOT of mashed potatoes for the upcoming holidays. This is really easy to use and it reminds me of one my mom used to have.
Easily tear into tins with this can opener by IMUSA. With ergonomic nylon handles and a stainless steel blade, this durable can opener is made to last.
Every home MUST have a non-electric can opener. This is great to have in case of emergencies and/or power outages. It’s easy to use.
In addition to the great IMUSA products, I also received some Goya products to try out and/or use in whatever recipe/recipes I wanted to create for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages and distributes over 2,200 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table.
I haven’t really cooked Quinoa yet, but I hear it’s very good for you.
The can of Chickpeas is the very same one I purchase for my kids often.
I want to try the Coconut Milk. I didn’t come up with a recipe I wanted to try with it (yet) but I am looking forward to it.
Other products I received from Goya include Olive Oil, Tomato Sauce, Black Beans and Olives.
I did a search to find a recipe I knew my family would enjoy to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The recipe I created actually came from the Goya website. Chick Pea and Chorizo Soup with White Rice, however I “tweaked” the recipe a bit taking my family’s preferences in mind.
Here is the recipe from the Goya website.
2 tbsp. GOYA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 package (7 oz.) or 4 GOYA® Chorizos, cut into ¼-inch slices
1 can (8 oz.) GOYA® Low Sodium Tomato Sauce
1 small Onion minced
1 packet GOYA® Sazon without Annatto
2 cans (15.5 oz. each) GOYA® Low Sodium Chick Peas, drained and rinsed
2 ½ cups water
1 packet GOYA® Powdered Chicken Bouillon
1 tsp. GOYA® Adobo Light with Pepper or to taste
2 cups of Canilla Rice Extra Long Grain
1. In a 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, Chorizo, Tomato Sauce and Sazón and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. 2. Add Chick Peas, water and Bouillon and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until it reaches desired consistency. Season with Adobo. 3. To cook the Rice, follow the direction on bag.
Instead of Chorizos I used roasted chicken. I couldn’t find Choirzos in the store, and I know how much my family loves chicken, so I swapped out the Chorizos for a cup of shredded roasted chicken.
I used freeze dried garlic instead of fresh garlic (only because I forgot to pick garlic up when I went food shopping) and I used long grain wild rice.
The recipe didn’t recommend what to do with the rice, so I just put the rice into the soup. In hinesight that wasn’t a good idea. I should have spooned in the rice when serving it to my family. Putting the rice in with the soup made the left over soup dry because the rice absorbed all the water. To remedy that I just added a little water to the soup when I was reheating it.
The recipe turned out GREAT! Even my husband, who is a picky eater and not a fan of chickpeas, enjoyed it. My faily loved it so much that they want me to make it again.
This is a great soup to make for a chilly winter night. It’s also very filling. Pair this with a side salad and you have a great family meal.
It was also quick and easy to make. I had it on the table in about 30 minutes from start to finish.
Since I have a lot of the ingredients stocked in my pantry (rice, chickpeas, bouillon, garlic…), I could whip this up any day of the week.
For more recipes like this visit the Goya website, Goya.com. There you can find a great variety of recipes as well as product information and money saving offers. Links to the brand’s social media sites can also be found on the website (look at the top right corner).
For information about IMUSA please visit IMUSAUSA.com. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are also found on their website.
IMUSA and GOYA would like to give a lucky reader an IMUSA Cloth Tortilla Warmer (serve up warm bread, pita, naan, arepas, and more in these warmers) and a copy of Goya’s Cookbook, which features 30 healthy MyPlate Latin recipes for every celebration (you can also download a free .pdf copy of the book here).
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*I received free products to review, as well as for my recipe creation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.