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img_01671 Just like every home, HOLA’s kitchen is the place where everyone gathers.

Alex Nataren, HOLA’s Operations Director has been an instrumental part in creating this space. Alex leads a variety of cooking classes to inspire healthy habits while also staying on a budget. All classes are held bilingually to accommodate the diverse needs of HOLA’s community. We’ve opened our kitchen to you by posting some delicious, healthy recipes below!



Another strong force in our kitcIMG_8309hen, is the “Sandwich Table”. Originating in 1994, when HOLA lived at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, a senior member of the congregation Liz Morgan noticed that many of the youth were going to the church’s food bank to request food. The requests increased quickly and Liz convinced other senior members of the church to donate sandwich supplies to start a “Sandwich Table”. Liz’s Sandwich Table became an instant hit and weekly ritual. Since HOLA moved and began buying the supplies, wonderful mothers have volunteered as the “Sandwich Lady.” And, for the past five years, Señora Lillia, a mother of an HOLA alumnus, is posted at the Sandwich Table in our kitchen, every Thursday

The Kitchen: Chef Alex’s Fruit Smoothie

Perfect for a hot summer day, a quick easy breakfast, or when you just don’t have time to get your daily dose of fruit the old fashioned way. All you need is a blender. Ingredients: Frozen fruit (any mix of raspberries, mango, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries etc.) 1 frozen banana, peeled and cut into chunks (if you froze bananas before peeling, watch this video on how to peel: http://goo.gl/j97da) Nonfat yogurt Juice (orange, cranberry, pomegranate, etc.) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional) 1 teaspoon honey (optional) Protein powder […]

The Kitchen: Chef Alex’s Black Bean Burgers

Black bean burgers are a delicious, cheap, and healthy alternative to meat for dinner, even for non-vegetarians! This is a basic recipe, but feel free to add your favorite chopped vegetables and spices to make it your own. One way to make it even healthier and more filling is to add cooked quinoa to the patties. One can of black beans should be good for about 4 hamburger sized patties, and they’ll hold up well in the fridge. The black bean burgers pair great with […]

The Kitchen: Chef Alex’s Spanish Tortilla

This recipe comes to us all the way from the fragrant kitchens of España. It is similar to a frittata or omelet, but is traditionally served at room temperature. The easiest way to cook this dish is to prepare all of your ingredients ahead of time. This recipe can take over an hour from start to finish, so it’s best to cook on a lazy Sunday and have leftovers all week. Feel free to substitute your favorite meats and vegetables! Ingredients: 3/4 cup olive oil […]

The Kitchen: Chef Alex’s Tomatillo Chicken

Tomatillo chicken is an easy dish that you can easily decide the spice level of, depending on your culinary audience. You can serve it by itself, but it’s best served over rice. Make sure you have a blender before you get started! All ingredients can be found cheaply at your local corner market, often cheaper than at the supermarket. Ingredients: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast 1.5 pounds green tomatillos with papery skin peeled off 1 chili guajillo 4cloves garlic 1 onion, diced 1-3 jalapeños […]

The Kitchen: Chef Alex’s Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup is a delicious way to eat vitamin-rich brightly colored vegetables and makes a quick and easy appetizer to pair with a meatier main course. Ingredients: 1 stick butter (substitute half for vegetable oil to reduce fat) 1 cup chopped celery 1 big butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1 inch cubes 1.5 cup of red onion 1 cup green onion 5 garlic cloves 8 cups chicken broth (or 1 cup for each person being served) 1 cup of cream cheese Pinch […]

The Kitchen: Chef Alex’s Healthy Breakfast Quesadillas

By themselves, quesadillas are not the healthiest food. But add in chopped vegetables and whole wheat tortillas and remove the butter and you have a delicious breakfast that will please even the pickiest of eaters. Best served with a side of fruit and guacamole or salsa on top! Ingredients: Whole wheat tortillas Shredded cheese (cheddar is best) 1 red onion, diced 1 green pepper, diced 1 red pepper, diced 1 package of mushrooms, diced 4 eggs 1 can of refried beans Olive oil Instructions: Heat […]


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