Ropa Vieja and Picadillo Recipe

By Priscilla Oliveras

MM-mmm, Good…Anchored Hearts Style!

How could I have a hero whose familia has a popular Cuban restaurant that plays a pivotal role in the hero’s past, present, and future, and not talk about delicious food? Impossible.

Enter, two tasty recipes I created in the kitchen here at Casa Oliveras by combining a several others. I like to think that Victor Miranda was here with me, over-seeing the process, giving me pointers, sampling the concoctions with a spoon. Much like Anamaría’s joy when Victor finally adds her healthy recipes to Miranda’s menu, I felt a rush of pleasure when Victor gave me his thumbs up that the recipes were ready to share!

It’s important for me to note that these dishes are Cuban, so in the Oliveras casa we didn’t actually make them very often when I was growing up. But when I eat at a Cuban or Latin restaurant, much like Anamaría, picadillo is often my go-to meal. When I do make picadillo, I often use ground turkey, just like Anamaría suggests on her AM Fitness website.

I hope you decide to give either Anamaría’s picadillo or Alejandro’s ropa vieja recipes a try. If you do, and you like to post pics on your social media, I’d love for you to tag me so I can hear how it all went!

¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!

Sparkling with humor, romance, Latinx culture, and the unique island energy of Key West, Florida, the acclaimed Keys to Love Series by USA Today bestselling author Priscilla Oliveras is the perfect summer read. Sparks fly for a second time when award-winning photographer and prodigal son Alejandro ends up back at his dad’s Cuban restaurant, forced to face the familia – and the girl he left behind – for the first time in years. Can these two Key West natives learn to put away old hurts and embrace a new future under the tropical sun?

Award-winning photographer Alejandro Miranda hasn’t been home to Key West in years–not since he left to explore broader horizons with his papi’s warning “never to come back” echoing in his ears. He wouldn’t be heading there now if it wasn’t for an injury requiring months of recuperation. The drama of a prodigal son returning to his familia and their beloved Cuban restaurant is bad enough, but coming home to the island paradise also means coming face to face with the girl he left behind–the one who was supposed to be by his side all along . . .

Anamaría Navarro was shattered when Alejandro took off without her. Traveling the world was their plan, not just his. But after her father’s heart attack, there was no way she could leave–not even for the man she loved. Now ensconced in the family trade as a firefighter and paramedic, with a side hustle as a personal trainer, Anamaría is dismayed that just the sight of Alejandro is enough to rekindle the flame she’s worked years to put out. And as famillia meddling pushes them together, the heat of their attraction only climbs higher. Can they learn to trust again, before the Key West sun sets on their chance at happiness?