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Ground Turkey Teriyaki Meatballs

A little change up for weekly meal prep roundups. Everytime I create a dish starring ground turkey, I always hope for a juicy and tender...

Ground Turkey Bacon Skillet

Trust me when I say it...This ground turkey recipe is not dry, nor is it tasteless. Sometimes healthy eating can be boring and I'm here...

Baked Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Salmon

My new favorite Salmon dish is here! I love those easy sheet pan dinners where the oven does all the work for me. For this recipe, all...

Kung Pao Chicken

Chinese Takeout is one of my favorites, but we don't eat it as often because it may not be the "healthiest" of choices to eat. Yes, many...

Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna salads are most definitely a top nostalgic dish! For sure!!! I grew up eating it with crackers or in a sandwich. My best friend's...

Sweet Thai Chili Tofu with Green Beans

Not vegan, but sometimes I'd like to do meatless meals. Vegan meals don't have to be boring and flavorless. Tofu is so fun and easy to...

Sweet Chipotle Grilled Chicken Thighs

I'm all about meal prep. Sundays come around and I think, "what would be a tasty and satisfying meal prep for this week?" I love sweet...

Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts

Chicken breasts...What to do with them? We avoid them sometimes because they are the most dry to eat. It's such a lean meat, so we have...

Baked Honey Soy Chicken Thighs

Super easy one sheet pan dinner is right here and ready to roll out for the week! Cold days and nights like these in the winter, grilling...

Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

How many of us are always buying teriyaki sauce and having it stored in the fridge. Some of the store bought sauces we do buy, is loaded...

BBQ Tofu with Caramelized Onions

The times that I feel like I've had too much meat after so many consecutive days, I usually crave a meatless meal. Tofu is just as good...

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Hi. I’m Lourdes Perez, everyone knows me as Lulu. I was born and raised in a small town located in the Central Valley in California. I’m 29 years old and am a full time High School Special Education Teacher. I love what I do and I love working with kids. However, what brings me true joy is my love for cooking and entertaining my friends and family. 

It began way back in my teen years, watching the Food Network, writing down recipes from Giada De Laurentiis and Rachel Ray and experimenting in the kitchen. I guess you can say, I’m a self taught, “Chef.” I’ve been my mom’s little sous chef ever since I can remember.  She is who taught me real authentic Mexican cooking and I continue to learn from her to this day.

I never went to culinary school, but that didn’t keep me from learning new techniques, creating new dishes, and searching for new recipes to re-invent. I have never been so inspired at this time in my life. I am learning to balance a full time career, being a wife, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while entertaining for friends and family with delicious food and dessert. FOOD is what gathers everyone together and I live for it. 

5 Quick Things About Me

  1. I try not to follow any specific diet- Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, gluten free, low carb, keto, etc. In my house we are definitely mindful about what we eat, so we can enjoy our favorite meals and desserts. 

  2. I stay active- whether it's going on a run, hitting the gym, or creating a HIIT workout at home.

  3. I enjoy reading Cookbooks- This is how I get ideas. Especially from chefs that inspire me.

  4. Music lifts my soul. When I’m on my way to work, cooking in the kitchen, cleaning, or relaxing; music is what motivates and just keeps me productive.

  5. I love being a tia (auntie)!! I come from a large family, ten of us total (5 brothers and 2 sisters). All biological. Currently, have 12 nieces and nephews. Another role I have is trying to be the best tia I can be. Even if my nephew, Mandito, asks me to make chocolate chip cookies, I’m on it, ASAP. 

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