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WELCOME TO LULUSLOVEFORFOOD

 

Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins

Everytime Sunday and Monday comes around, I know it's time to meal prep for a long week ahead. I always need some kind of prepped snack...

Grilled Vegetable Lemon Quinoa Salad

Yield: 8 servings Ingredients ½ cup quinoa 1 large zucchini, sliced quarter inch thick 1 large red bell pepper, cut in large pieces 1...

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...

Spicy Three Cheese Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is probably the world's greatest guilty pleasures. Although, there are a ton fan favorites, this one makes it on that...

Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Ribbons

The first time I had this dish was at my favorite restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen. Aside from their delicious pizzas, their pastas...

Spicy Garlic Edemame

Edemame are protein packed, bite size appetizers or snacks to eat. They can take on many flavors and my sauce in particular is spicy,...

Dairy Free Pistachio Ice cream

Here we go again with the PISTACHIOS! Pistachio ice cream has been my favorite for quite some time now. First, it was strawberry and now...

Nopales Pico de Gallo

My dad grew up in a little town in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico, where you will find an abundant of nopales (cactus plant). They are...

Kale Almond Pesto

Pesto is one of those classic sauces that'll never disappoint, plus its super easy! It's usually made for pasta primavera, which is a...

Tex Mex Frittata

Ingredients 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 jalapeño, diced and seeded (if you like spicy, keep the seeds) Half medium size onion,...

Chimichurri Sauce

This sauce originates from Argentina. The base of this recipe is made with herbs and garlic. Surprisingly enough, I made it once with my...

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa Yield: 8-10 servings Ingredients Half red onion, diced 1 lime juiced (3 tbsp) 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper 1...

 

ABOUT ME

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 26 years old and am a full time Middle 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. After celebrating our three year wedding anniversary, I’ve learned many things. One that is most significant... 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. If I go longer than 3 days without a workout, I won’t feel myself. 

  3. I enjoy reading Cookbooks- This is how I get ideas. Especially from chefs that inspire me. I used to buy random ones when I was younger. Now I get specific books that inspire my love for the cuisine or just because I love what they stand for. 

  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 10 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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