We all like to have a good reason to celebrate, but a celebration doesn’t always have to be unhealthy! Next week is Cinco de Mayo, so we wanted to share some tasty, yet healthy recipes to enjoy during your Cinco de Mayo celebrations!
But if you are looking for the main dish, try any one of these recipes listed below:
Walnut “Meat” Taco Salad – a popular meat substitute for vegetarians or vegans, walnut meat makes for a great nut-based dinner. Simply combine ¾ cup walnuts with ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, and 1 tsp. each of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and ½ tsp. salt in the food processor and process until it becomes the consistency of ground meat. Mix together with lettuce, chopped cherry tomatoes, black beans, avocado, red onion and low-fat Mexican cheese for a tasty dinner.
Crockpot Creamy Mexican Chicken – Place 2 chicken breasts at the bottom of the slow cooker. Add 1 15 oz. can of black beans (drained), 1 7 oz. can green chiles, 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, 1 15 oz. can of corn (drained), and 1 package of taco seasoning. Cook on high for 6 hours, until chicken is cooked. Use a fork to remove chicken and shred. Place chicken back in the slow cooker, add 1 package low-fat cream cheese and cook on high for 30 minutes. Serve with whole grain tortillas.
Mexican Veggie Burrito – Add cumin and cilantro to your vegetable mixture. Place about 1/2 cup of your veggies in a whole grain tortilla and top with low-fat Mexican cheese, low-fat sour cream, salsa, and guacamole. We like to warm ours up on the stovetop so the tortilla is crispy and the cheese is melted.
Whole Wheat Chicken Burritos – Serve healthy burritos for dinner with this simple recipe. Start with a whole wheat tortilla. Sprinkle low-fat Mexican style cheese over the bottom third of the tortilla. Then add diced grilled chicken, cooked black beans, tomato salsa, guacamole and low-fat sour cream. Carefully, fold the left and right side of the tortilla in, then roll up the tortilla starting at the bottom. Transfer the rolled burrito to a sandwich press or to a skillet on medium heat. Cook until the tortilla becomes crispy. Serve immediately. The ingredients can also be stored in the refrigerator for several days for leftovers.
Mexican Style Chicken Roll-ups – Combine one chopped green pepper, 1/2 jalapeno pepper, low-fat pepper jack cheese, and 2 tbsp. of low-fat cream cheese. Scoop 2 tbsp. of the mixture onto the chicken breats, roll up and place on a baking sheet seam side down. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve with tomato salsa and black beans for a filling meal.
Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas – Use a whole grain tortilla, low-fat Mexican cheese, and a mixture of black beans, corn, chopped tomatoes, and cilantro for this quesadilla recipe. Spread a thin layer of cheese over the tortilla, then add the mixture of fillings to the bottom half of the quesadilla. Fold it over, then use a sandwich press or cook on the stove top until the cheese becomes melted.
What are your Cinco de Mayo plans?