Bienvenidos a Miami Bytes

  • I am a web designer by day and a food enthusiast by night. I'm originally from the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area but moved to the west coast (first OR an now CA) two years ago. Prior to that I spent two years in France and Spain. Living in Europe not only made me a much more experimental cook, but also taught me about the importance of improvising in a recipe -- because on most days I could never find all of the ingredients I needed!

    I try to use fresh/seasonal market ingredients when available and I add hot peppers to pretty much everything (so watch out!). I hope you enjoy my recipes and feel free to share.

    Have fun browsing and even more fun cooking!

    *All recipes are my own unless otherwise noted.
    ** All photos are definitely mine!

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Lightly Sautéed Vegetables & Ham Over Fields Greens

by admin on October 14th, 2013

I find myself less and less wanting cold salads as summer wanes away so today I decided to get creative by seeing what leftover vegetables I had in the refrigerator to sauté up over some fresh greens I bought this morning. This salad of lightly...

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

by admin on October 7th, 2013

With fall lurking around the corner (yes, it’s still warm in Barcelona during the day!) I wanted to try out some new soup recipes. This broccoli cheddar soup recipe is simple to make and goes down wonderfully on a cool night with a few slices...

No Comments  Soups, Vegetarian

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Spinach Salad with Jamon Curado, Strawberries, Goat Cheese & Walnuts

by admin on September 30th, 2013

I came up with salad because I has some leftover jamon curado, and thought the mix of sweet/salty/bitter ingredients would go nicely over some fresh spinach! Serves: 2 Ingredients: 1 bag fresh baby spinach leaves 12 strawberries, halved 1 cup unsalted walnuts, whole or chopped...

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Penne with Pancetta, Sage & Mushrooms

by admin on September 29th, 2013

This very rich and delicious Fall-inspired dish was quite simple to make, and if you are lucky enough to have leftovers, would be delicious served hot or cold again the next day! (I also added 2 African bird’s eye peppers to make it a little...

No Comments  Mains

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Mango Scallops & Kale Cooked in White Wine

by admin on September 25th, 2013

This is a guest post by my sister Kristina. Living in South Florida, we always have overabundance of mangoes in the summer and so I have tried to get creative with how to incorporate mangoes into different dishes.  I have found that mango tastes great...

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Pineapple Coconut Banana Smoothie

by admin on September 24th, 2013

It’s like having a banana piña colada for breakfast — without the alcohol, of course! Serves: 2 Ingredients: 1 cup non-fat milk 2 cups non-fat plain or greek yogurt 1/2 cup coconut milk 1 large banana 1/4 large ripe pineapple, cored and cut into chunks...

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Coconut Shrimp & Chickpea Curry Over Basmati Rice

by admin on September 23rd, 2013

I came across this recipe last week and thought it would be a good way to kick off the week ahead. I like to make curries at the beginning of the week and then use the leftovers a few days later with some fresh naan...

No Comments  Ethnic, Mains, Seafood

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Chinese Egg Drop Noodle Soup

by admin on September 21st, 2013

Today felt like a soup day so I decided to get creative and make something I have never attempted before: Chinese egg drop noodle soup! I also served my soup with fresh bean sprouts from a local Asian fruit and veg shop. Serves: 4 Ingredients:...

No Comments  Ethnic, Soups, Vegetarian

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Quinoa and Parsley Salad

by admin on September 3rd, 2013

I have to admit, I’m kind of against quinoa and I have never actually purchased it until now (Read why here.) But all things aside, many harvested (or killed) foods are problematic to someone somewhere, and it is important to remember to always purchase responsibly....

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Tropical Ginger-Lime Tofu Salad

by admin on September 2nd, 2013

I was feeling creative and decided I would experiment with some different flavors so I came up with delicious sweet, hot and savory (all-in-one!) salad. Somehow the odd mix of ingredients work really well together and this turned out to be a delicious lunch! Serves:...

No Comments  Ethnic, Salads, Vegetarian