April 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm
by Irina Gonzalez
One of the things I really hate about losing weight is actual act of dieting. I don’t mean that I hate healthy foods. In fact, I’ve grown to love the added variety that I now have in eating mainly lean meats, whole grains and tons of different kinds of vegetables. I never knew that healthy food could be so delicious as when I tasted a perfectly roasted Brussels sprout. But there does come a time when I am a bit worried about eating healthier foods–and that is when it comes for celebrations.
I worry about overindulging or eating too much of the wrong kind of food. With Cinco de Mayo, one of my favorite holidays, just around the corner I’m worried about what I will be eating this coming weekend. That’s why I decided instead of accidentally going overboard, I would tackle the problem head on by making some healthy Mexican recipes. Now, of course, the problem lies in deciding which one to make! But with so many delicious healthy Mexican dishes to choose from for Cinco de Mayo, that’s the kind of delicious problem I actually don’t mind having.
1. Grilled Vegetable Fajitas: There’s nothing quite as delicious as grilled veggies and they’re perfect now that summer’s just around the corner in this healthy take on a Mexican classic.
2. Chicken Mole Empanadas: Mole is a traditional sauce served in Puebla–the part of Mexico that originated the Cinco de Mayo festivities–and great with chicken in this dish.
3. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna: I absolutely love this dish and Heather’s slow cooker Mexican lasagna with squash and zucchini is an even more incredible version.
4. Tortilla Soup: A great way to start the whole celebration is with this super-delicious and light soup. If I were you, I’d make a couple extra portions and save them for a great lunch next week, too.
5. Shrimp Enchiladas: These are a sure-fire bet for the whole family. Filled with a lean protein and some cheesy goodness, everyone will absolutely love this Mexican classic.
6. Slow Cooker Mexican Brown Rice Casserole: You can’t go wrong with a casserole, right? And the best part is that this one is light and filled with brown rice as a yummy whole grain.
Have you ever celebrated a holiday by cooking something healthier? Will you be making one of these healthy Mexican dishes? Share in the comments below!