During a brief stint in California many moons ago, I discovered there is more to Mexican food than a packet of taco seasoning and a pound of ground round. Admittedly, I was a green-as-grass gringo from Alabama, but when I asked for the "family dinner" at a local taco shack and received a whole roast chicken, a half pint of thin warm sour cream, warm tortillas, and a piccalilli of fresh tomatoes, red onion, cilantro and lime juice, I was flummoxed.
Where, I wondered with incredulity, was the cheese? Where were the taco shells? A few bites later, though, a whole new world had opened up for me—along with the delightful discovery that Mexican cuisine can be enjoyed twice as much in half the calories with the right dish. If you too like to save your indulgence for an extra frozen margarita, try these yummy but healthy Cinco de Mayo calorie-saving ideas and recipes.
- Serve boiled shrimp with lime wedges and a fresh, fruity salsa of cubed mango, crushed pineapple with a little of the juice, diced red onion, chopped cilantro, diced jalapeno pepper, fresh lime juice and a dash of kosher salt.
- Instead of queso dip, try tortilla chips with a medley of interesting salsas, like our Mississippi Caviar.
- Try making your favorite tacos with ground turkey instead of beef and serve with our Lime Cilantro Rice.
- Make low-carb lettuce wraps with rotisserie or grilled chicken, grilled veggies and a little of our Chimichurri Sauce or a quick mock crema made of low-fat sour cream, lime juice, a little cumin, cayenne, salt and chopped cilantro.
—By Stacey Norwood, Multimedia Editor