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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hispanic Food the Healthy Way: Qué Rica Vida

My husband and I love, love, love, LOVE Hispanic food. Mexican. Salvadorean. Cuban. Love it all! The problem is, unsurprisingly, the fat and salt that go hand in hand with almost every Hispanic meal we cook. The key to good food that's good for you is to reduce those two key ingredients when they rear their ugly heads, and it's not as hard as you might think.

Take your favorite recipes like the ones found on Que Rica Vida, and make some smart adjustments! You don't need four kinds of cheese in your empanadas and you certainly don't need to finish off ALL the sour cream on the side. Less is more. We use fresh vegetables and lean toward the fiber-heavy beans coupled with that delicious bird, chicken. Occasionally we really go crazy and swap out all the meat for veggies; just substituting liberal doses of mushrooms or spinach when wrapping up burritos for a tasty lunch (I promise!).

Everybody loves their chips and salsa and we are no exception. And it's easy to use whole grain chips instead of the usual white flour variety. (Here's a tip: when I throw out pita bread during a party it never fails, the compliments just won't stop about what a great idea and healthy alternative it is!) The salsa is easy too. Just toss some tomatillos, tomatoes, black beans, and corn kernels in a bowl, mix, sprinkle liberally with lime juice, and its ready to eat. 

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  1. Great post, we have been modifying our meals to eat what we love in a healthier way, too. :)

  2. Thanks so much for the post and for the recipes. I love Mexican food and like you said salt is hard to say No to when it does go hand in hand with Mexican food.

  3. We were up late doing some freezer-cooking (as in cooking some premade meals for the week and putting them in the freezer) for the first time this week. Some of these ideas would be perfect for when we try it next week.

  4. Oh, my husband is a big fan of Mexican food. Almost every weekend we eat it. :). Thanks for sharing these recipes, I will put them to good use. Have a great day.

  5. This is probably my most favorite post in months!
    I'm also a spice in my life Mexican foodie that is always looking for ways to trim the fat of my favorite flavor (gonna do the pita bread!). I have to really watch my salt intake so I go really heavy on the lime, it's amazing how I don't miss the salt!
    Great link share! I've just left your info-graph share and have bookmarked it! Really great stuff!

  6. Thanks for sharing these recipes, I am always a fan of trimming fat.

  7. You are making me hungry! Yum!