Chancletas de Pataste: Honduran Egg-battered Chayote Squash (English)

Type: Main dish

Difficulty: Not too tricky

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Serves: 4


This is a nice meatless dish, low in calories and carbs, especially suitable for diabetics, given that tayotas have very little starch.


2 Patastes (Chayote/tayota Squash), peeled, cut into 4 slices (lengthwise)

2 eggs, whites and yolks separate

1 cup of AP flour

3 medium Roma tomatoes

2 Tbsps. olive oil

2 garlic cloves

½ onion, roughly chopped

1 small bunch cilantro

½ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. dried oregano

Salt and pepper tt

8-10 oz Mozarella cheese, shredded (optional)

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A local… Sports note

compiled from an interview by Martha Vergara

Soccer or football is a passion in Latin American countries as it is in many other continents. For Oscar Vergara, the coach of Bishop Ludden College since 1976, a Catholic-private college in Syracuse soccer is his life. His coaching career is 42 years old. Most of these have been at Bishop Ludden but before that he was a coach at several schools since he began as an assistant at Corcoran High School. From a young age, Oscar spent all his free time playing with his friends in the paddocks or improvised courts of his native neighborhood, La Estación Villa in Medellín, Colombia.

Reminiscing with Oscar about his life as an immigrant in Syracuse where he has resided since 1971, he answered several questions:

How was your experience of emigrating to the United States?

I believe that for me the change of culture, language, and customs was very difficult. I was young and I came to a school where everything was different and there was not even a soccer team. I was eager for summer to come so I could find a team in the city where I could do with the ball what I could not do in any other way. The language limitation and the experience of being in a new world after having recently lost my mother in a traffic accident where a drunk driver killed her and left my brother badly injured were a difficult burden to bear. I saw soccer as my salvation.

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The Latina President

compiled interview by Marisol Hernandez

Interviewer: We have here on the microphone, interviewing the author of a novel title The Latina President. Joe, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and why we are interviewing you

Joe: Yes, for thirty years or more, I was actively involved in American political campaigns. I’ve managed them, developed strategies, produced radio, television, and print materials for candidates that worked in forty-four of the fifty states. Over that time, there were people running for the house, the senate, and the state offices, such as governor. So, I’ve had a fairly extensive experience working with candidates and campaigns. It’s part of that body of experience that I built my new novel, The Latina President. I also, in addition to my political work, have worked extensively in producing media for non-political clients and one of the most interesting clients I’ve ever had was in Puebla, Mexico which allowed me to spend quite a little time in Mexico. I was so impressed by the people and the community, so important that I’ve never forgotten it. So when I decided to write the novel, I felt it had to have a fairly serious Mexican component to it.

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Adopt a healthy lifestyle

It is easy to forget to exercise when one is extremely busy with responsibilities related to work, school, or family. However, it is very important to learn to place exercise on the top of your to-do-list because of the many health benefits. Exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems, diabetes type 2, obesity, and stroke. Interestingly, studies have shown that survivors of certain cancers prolong their life by maintaining an active lifestyle.1 For these reasons it is imperative to adopt an active lifestyle. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends two and a half hours a week of moderate aerobic exercise, or an hour and fifteen minutes a week of intense aerobic exercise, or some combination of both. In addition, it is recommended to perform strength training at least twice a week of the major muscle groups that include the biceps, triceps, chest, back, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. For those who need to reduce their blood pressure or cholesterol, the American Heart Association recommends performing forty minutes of aerobic exercise four to five times a week to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

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Tips for Healthy Holiday Meals!

Holiday season is here! And most likely the first thing that come to everyone’s minds is family gatherings and food. Truth is that the holiday season is a nice opportunity to get together and be thankful for all important things in life. However, for many people, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, are also stressors that could potentially sabotage your weight and health goals.

And it is not only the fact of not knowing what to cook but how much to eat. We all need to be mindful about our food choices throughout the year, and although most people tend to think that holidays and healthy eating do not belong in the same sentence, it is still possible. Although weight loss may not be realistic during the holidays, people can still aim at not gaining extra weight.

Pay attention to the cooking methods and ingredients you use in the preparation of your holiday meals. Roasted meats are usually the entrée choice for holiday celebrations. Regardless of the choice, it is most important to have a ‘juicy’ meat that doesn’t require so much gravy; remember, gravy tends to be high in calories and fat.

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Waiting in God’s time

Impact Your Life Positively with God’s truths

How difficult it is to wait for God’s time! Especially when we think that already, nothing is going to change. When we start to see things begin to look as impossible. When we are under pressure, when we are in the emergency room, when we are in need. We begin to despair and the whole picture is bleak. Anxiety begins to devour us. If we do not achieve our goal in time the enemy takes his chance and works on our discouragement until we reach the depression. 

Dear friend, remember that God is our Creator and has unlimited power. And God knows better than we do what is good for us. God asks us to have faith in Him and to rest in Him. We must take time to pray and to study the Word of God. We must congregate in a church that is guided by the Bible. As we devote time to God, He works with our situations. I invite you to try it. 

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Help a Wolf

Fourth Edition available of “Give a Wolf (and The World) A Break Today:

Go Veggie!”

This tri-fold produced by the Biodiversity/Vegetarian Outreach Committee the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club makes the connection between protecting our planet and wildlife to the choice to eat a plant-based diet. Here are the topics covered:

“National Sierra Club Policy”

“Our Taxes Paying to Kill Wildlife”

“Invasive Plant Species”

“Factory Farms”

“New York Lakes Contaminated with Manure”

“Hungry Ocean Mammals”

“Fish Farm Woes”

“Animal Agriculture’s Impact on Climate”

“What About Grass-fed and Local?”

“John Muir Weighs In”

“Making Changes”

“So What Should I Eat?”

Here are a few excerpts. 

Under “Our Taxes Paying to Kill Wildlife”: “In the West, much of the land wasted for meat production is public land.  Grazing rights are sold at ridiculously low prices to ranchers (some of whom are actually large corporations), thus forcing taxpayers to subsidize their industry.  Our taxes are also used to kill wild animals through the federal Wildlife Services at the behest of the ranching industry. Prairie dogs, coyotes, mountain lions, wolves and other animals are trapped, poisoned, burned in their den, and shot.  Wild horses and burros are rounded up and sometimes sold for slaughter so they don’t compete with cattle and sheep on public land.” — 

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