Published On: Sun, Jun 23rd, 2013

#CertifiedSofrito: Fiesta of Flavors Helps Hispanics Fight Diabetes Without Losing Culinary Heritage.

UJSince 1997, I have have promoted many artists, organization, websites, collectives, non profits and websites… and now with the emergence of even more Latinos producing new cultural talent than ever before, I thought it was time to distinguish the best and most consistent talent on the web today.  

#CertifiedSofrito is my way of recognizing entities that we see truly serving the Latino communities they touch day in and day out, that have a consistent record of producing quality content and last but not least, they make us feel WEPA all the time. Simply put, my Favoritos!

This one hits home as it helps Fight Diabetes!

Yes… the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign launches a bilingual site to help Hispanics / Latinos struggling with Diabetes. After going thru the entire site, I saw no reason why we should not stamp this website with the #CertifiedSofrito status.

Fiesta of Flavors is an outreach program funded by the University of Illinois Extension, a doorway to the university. This campaign really casts a shadow of leadership and magnifies their reputation as being a leader in public engagement. They have developed many programs like this to showcase their student / faculty efforts in research while providing services. I encourage you to check out their amazing recipes and share this site with someone you know… we are all connected to someone suffering from diabetes.

Here is some information about this awareness program and what it delivers. 



Check out Fiesta of Flavor



These recipes are traditional recipes with a lighter look or new recipes to tempt your taste buds. By Hispanic, we mean all areas that may be eating Latin food, including the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain, and South America. You may see some cooking styles mixed with new ingredients, or traditional ingredients used a new way. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have!

Approximate cooking times are included in each recipe, along with an approximate nutritional analysis for calories, protein, carbohydrate, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sodium, and cholesterol. Exchanges have been calculated based on the exchange list of the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association. For those using the carbohydrate counting method of meal planning carbohydrate units are also provided. For information about exchanges or carbohydrate counting refer to Your Guide to Diet and Diabetes.

It must be emphasized that the nutritional analysis, exchanges, and carbohydrate units are all based on the serving size included on the recipe. Larger servings will have more calories, more exchanges, and more carbohydrate units. An understanding of how calories and blood sugar are related can also be found at the Your Guide to Diet and Diabetes website.

Many of the recipes contain sugar substitutes. To learn more about sugar substitutes refer to What are artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners?; and to learn more about sugar substitutes and baking visit Can you cook and bake with artificial sweeteners?.

We hope you enjoy these recipes, and invite you to share your favorite recipes with us either through your Extension unit office or sending them to us at Please remember we can’t return recipes and can’t promise we will post them to the website.

Karen Chapman-Novakofski, RD, LDN, PhD 
Professor, Nutrition and Extension Specialist

[source: Fiesta of Flavors]


About the Extension Program

University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois’ 102 counties – and far beyond.

Through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work, U of I Extension’s programs are aimed at making life better, healthier, safer and more profitable for individuals and their communities.  U of I Extension offers educational programs in five broad areas:

  • Healthy society
  • Food security and safety
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Sustainable and profitable food production and marketing systems
  • Enhancing youth, family and community well-being


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George Torres
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#CertifiedSofrito: Fiesta of Flavors Helps Hispanics Fight Diabetes Without Losing Culinary Heritage.