World AIDS Day 2021

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Today is World AIDS Day. This means something different for everyone, in every country. I’ve been posting Red to Remember Foods for World AIDS Day since 2009. 

This is a repost!

Every few years I gather up a group of food bloggers to cook something red (perfect for holidays and winter comfort) to honor those affected by this disease. There are over 30 recipes hand picked from the best food bloggers offering their best red recipes to raise awareness.

World AIDS DAY from Spinach Tiger

World Aids Day 2021 Theme: End the HIV Epidemic, End Inequalities

I am one of those mourners. I tell my story here. I have a happy life, but a certain sadness never goes away. I will always remember my own personal losses, but I do sometimes forget there are others out there who have died of AIDS, or are suffering with HIV.

The theme for this year’s World’ AIDS Day is “End the HIV Epidemic, End Inequalities.”  In the United States there are 1.2 million people living with HIV. 

Since 1981, over 700,000 adults and children have died. 41,920 people died in 1993, including my brother, Jimmy. 33,590 died in 1992, including my cousin, Sam. In 2019, 5,000 died of HIV-related complications and that’s still way too many deaths.

I participate every December 1 to remind people that there is still a fight out there and to raise compassion for this virus. It still have a stigma and it still exists in the midst of the most recent pandemic.  

Red to Remember Red Velvet Cake in a Jar

Red Velvet in a Jar from Spinach TIger

AIDS can affect anyone!

There was a time before I got married that I was dating a person who I later discovered was shooting heroin. You would have never guessed that, as this was kept a secret and it was at the beginning of his addiction.  I remember running to the doctor asking for an HIV test. He didn’t want to do it, said the odds were blah blah blah. I insisted and thank my lucky stars, the test came back negative.

Reality check, it could have gone the other way. If someone like me stupidly put myself at risk, it could happen to anyone. You may not need to get tested, but be sure. Left untreated, it’s a death sentence. Going into denial is a death sentence.

This is not the typical Spinach Tiger post, and that’s the point. This is not a typical problem, but it’s still a big one.

Here are some of the best red dishes from the best food bloggers. It might seem odd to you to present food amidst such a serious topic, but I’m a food blogger and it’s one of the tools I have to keep this topic at the forefront, because we still need a cure.

Here are a few red cocktails, appetizer, healthy meals, and yummy desserts, because we want to celebrate life.

This holiday season, be sure to eat and drink with friends, with people you love, face to face, not on a screen.

Red to Remember

If you choose to make one of these dishes, serve it to someone you love, and remember those who are fighting this virus and pray for this virus to be eradicated.

Celebrate Life with Cocktails

Pomegranate Martini from Recipes from a Pantry

Pomegranate Martini, World AIDS DAY

Easy Mulled Wine from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail from Good Life Eats

Cranberry Fool with Grand Marnier from Pastry Chef Online

Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Mimosa from More Less Cooking

Paleo Hibiscus Tea with Strawberries from Tessadometica.com

Festive Vodka Cocktail from Spinach Tiger

World AIDS Day Cranberry Cocktal

Celebrate Life with Healthy Salads and Dips

Creamy Beet Hummus from Little Sunny Kitchen

Festive Holiday Salad from Delicious Table

Raw Beet Quinoa Salad from Caroline’s Cooking

Greek Pico De  Gallo from Good Life Eats

World Aids Day 2018 (Greek PIco De Gallo) from Spinach Tiger

Red Beet Pesto from Spinach Tiger

World Aids Day 2018 (Red Beet Pesto) from Spinach Tiger

Celebrate Life with Delicious Robust Red Dishes

Kokonito: Beef Stew in Tomato Sauce from Supergolden Bakes

Greek Beef Red to Remember for World Aids Day

Homemade Tomato Sauce from Vivalinka

Red Flannel Hash with Oven Baked Eggs from Spinach Tiger

World AIDS Day: How to Make Red Flannel Hash Recipe from Spinach Tiger

Instant Pot Red Curry Chicken for Paint the Kitchen Red

Easy Stuffed Pepper Soup from Salt and Lavender

Baked Chicken with Chorizo and Tomatoes from Meet Helen

Roasted Red Pepper and White Bean Stew from Life Currents

Authentic Bolognese from Spinach Tiger

World Aids Day 2018 (Bolognese) from Spinach Tiger

My Grandmother’s Homemade Tomato Sauce from Spinach Tiger

Manicotti Made Easy from Spinach Tiger

World Aids Day 2018 (Manicotti) from Spinach Tiger

Celebrate Life with Delicious Desserts

Creamy Strawberry Semifreddo from An Italian in My Kitchen

Gluten Free Cherry Pinwheel Cookies from What the Fork

Meringue Hearts with Raspberries from What a Girl Eats

Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies with Fresh Ginger from Dessert for Two

Strawberry Popsicles with Mint and Lime from a Virtual Vegan

Strawberry Velvet Cake from Kopaste

Red Velvet Cake Roll from Platter Talk

World Aids Day 2018 (Red Velvet Roll)

Italian Jam Tart from She Loves BiscottiWorld Aids Day 2018 (Jam Crostata)

Gluten Free Strawberry Tart from Spinach Tiger

World Aids Day 2018 (Strawberry Pie) from Spinach Tiger

Red to Remember: World AIDS Day 2018

Stuffed Shells from Spinach Tiger

Stuffed Shells Recipe from Spinach Tiger 3

This World AIDS Day, please, show compassion. Know you still have to take precautions, as this virus is still here.

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4 Comments

  1. How can I even pick a favourite recipe??? I think I did just find my cooking/baking list for the next month – so much deliciousness!

  2. What a fantastic day to honour and raise awareness of – and you’ve done it proud with so many great RED recipes.

  3. I love this red food and drink roundup, and the important message behind it. Mine will have to be the pomegranate martini I think, so vivid.

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