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14 Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Hold the nachos: Mexican cuisine can be healthy (really!) if you focus on bold flavors in place of fats.

14 Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes
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Think Mexican food and you might recall the "food baby" you had the last time you opted for a dish that touted its south of the border roots. But traditional fare is much healthier than the fried enchiladas and overstuffed burritos that are synonymous with Mexican food in the U.S. “Traditional Mexican cuisine can be very healthy,” says Laura Diaz-Brown, a certified nutritionist best known as celebrity chef LaLa. “It’s high in legumes, bursting with vegetables and uses meat sparingly. And the food is cooked with olive oil or charbroiled, baked and steamed—not fried and processed.” Diaz-Brown suggests skipping heavy sauces and creams when making your favorite Mexican fare at home and, instead, focusing on bold flavors in place of fats—think chiles, limes, herbs and spices. Here, our favorite Mexican recipes allow you to celebrate Cinco de Mayo healthfully.

Chunky Salsa

Red Grape Salsa Fresca

Avocado-Chile Soup Shooters

Mexplosion Salad

Avocado, Orange, and Papaya Salad

Papaya, Black Bean & Corn Salad

Mexican Hearts of Palm Salad with Avocado Dressing & Baked Tortilla Strips

Mushroom Quesadillas

Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Mini Huevos Rancheros

Quinoa Tamale

Grilled Seitan & Hot Pepper Fajitas

Fish & Mango Tacos

Veggie Chili