Where do you get the ideas for your recipes?
Most of my recipes are inspired by my dad’s and grandma’s recipes. Often, I just have to replace the meat. For example, my ropa vieja uses a tropical fruit called jackfruit. You can buy jackfruit in a can. I drain it, shred it, and season it just like meat!
What do you love most about your work?
I love getting feedback! My culture eats a lot of meat. It’s a big deal if someone says our vegan version tastes good.
What have you learned since starting Señoreata?
At first, I did everything myself. Now I know that it’s OK to ask for help when I need it. It’s not a weakness. It can make you stronger.
Why is your work important?
I want to make vegan eating and cooking easier! People shouldn’t feel disconnected from their culture just because they don’t eat the same way. I never thought I’d be making my abuelita’s recipes for a living, but I’m so proud to be doing it.