Personal Essay by Sara Tercero 

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King, Jr

There are no words I can say that will give justice to George Floyd. I avoid politics in my writing to avoid polarizing readers who are united in the common ground of seeking recipes. But in light of the senseless tragedy of George’s death, I cannot stay silent, because that would indicate complacency.  I am sickened and disheartened by the senseless murder of yet another innocent man.

The systematic oppression of our brothers and sisters has to end. The terrorism of an entire race which is cloaked in the shadow of institutional racism must be illuminated for all to see and be halted. I do not know how to fix this broken system or how to right the wrongs of the past. But I will continue to focus my energies on being part of the solution. I will do what I can, which is educate my children to understand and reject racism and give them accurate information about the history of our country. I read them stories about civil rights leaders, about segregation and human rights and we have heartfelt conversations about the intrinsic similarities of all people. I teach them to respect culture and revere the brotherhood of all humans but I do not cloud the reality that our brothers and sisters have been and are still oppressed and that it must change.  When I look into the eyes of my friends and neighbors, I want to weep, that they must accept this reality and teach their children to fear for their safety all because of the color of their skin.  I see you and I love you and I stand with you. 

Black Lives Matter.

Let us all be the change.

I look to the great Martin Luther King Jr. for inspiration and guidance. I share his dream.

“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.” Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Recipe for
25 Minute Black & White Bean Vegan Chili

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 min
Yield: 3-5 servings


1/2 onion chopped
1 carrot peeled and chopped
1 potato peeled and cubed in tiny pieces
2 baby bell peppers
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 can canneloni beans
1 can black beans
1 small can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
salt to taste
1 pinch crushed red pepper
cilantro & green onion for garnish


1. Start by frying the onion, bell pepper, potato and carrots in 1 tsp neutral oil in a pot until onions are carmelized and potatoes are almost fork tender.

2. Add the beans (not drained), the corn, the crushed tomato and the spices plus 1 cup water and bring to a boil for 5 mins

3. Turn it down and Let simmer for as long as you can stand not eating it🤣 taste for salt and make sure the potatoes are soft and serve with cilantro and green onions.

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