Like St. Patricks Day, Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays that we take seriously. As in, we find the yummiest food (and not a few drinks) to celebrate another country’s culture for the day without really having any idea what the holiday is about.
These fiestas aren’t always so healthy though. Between the cheesy dips and the chips and the fried taquitos, you’ll find yourself overloading on empty calories and saturated fats. No bueno.
It’s great that Cinco de Mayo fell on a Monday this year because this gives us an opportunity to change up that fiesta menu to incorporate some of the incredible flavors of true Mexican cuisine without throwing in all of those fatty cheeses and sauces we love north of the border.
Bright, colorful, and delicious. Traditional Mexican cuisine is much lighter and far more nutritious than what’s been adapted as part of fast food culture here in the US. There are many ways to incorporate healthy dishes into your fiesta menu that’s true to the roots of Mexican food culture.
Mexican restaurants all over New York were crammed with patrons looking to indulge in a bit of tacos and margaritas action this weekend. But there’s no need to join the crowd when you can have your own healthy fiesta at home!
Here are my top 3 Mexican-inspired recipes that will keep you meatless this Monday without any chance of getting Montezuma’s revenge.
You know what I’m talking about.
¡Buen Provecho! Note: Sombrero optional.
Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Greek Yogurt-Avocado Dressing
I LOOOOOOOVE quinoa; not just for it’s texture and flavor but also because a small amount with go a long way. You can make a large batch and throw in whatever you like, such as this southwestern style dish with black beans, peppers, and jicama.
Sweet Potato Hash with Homemade Guacamole and Egg Over Easy
Looking to jump start your day? I made this dish after a grueling workout and it remains my go-to whenever I’m starving, want something packed with flavor, and filling. Plus, is there anything better than guacamole? I think not.
Smoky Chipotle Black Bean & Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos
Ah, the humble taco. I shared this recipe a few weeks ago and it remains one of my top Meatless Monday dishes to date. Pairing sweet potato with black beans is a standard for me (see above recipe) and this spicy version with crunchy cabbage and lemony cilantro is sure to keep you happy and full. Two of my favorite things.
What are your favorite Mexican dishes?
As always, keep paying it forward. Stay healthy! 🙂