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Cinco de Mayo is a time to get together with friends and family to celebrate Mexican culture and, of course, its flavorful food. This year, try one or all of these delicious vegetarian recipes and keep your Cinco de Mayo happy and healthy.
Colleen Takagishi, MS, RDN, CSO, CDE, Diabetes Educator at NorthShore, shares three of her favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes:
Traditional Spanish gazpacho is a tomato-based vegetable soup that is served cold. This “Mexican-style” gazpacho is also served cold (or at room temperature), but it’s more like a fruit and vegetable salad. If you have never had this type of gazpacho before, you may be surprised how well the sweet, salty, tart and spicy aspects enhance the natural flavors of the fruit and vegetables.
Serving size 1 cup Recipe makes 4 servings Ingredients: 1c fresh pineapple, finely chopped 1c cucumber, finely chopped 1c jicama, finely chopped 1c mango, finely chopped 1/4c freshly squeezed orange juice 2 tbsp lime juice 1 tsp your favorite dried chili powder or cayenne pepper or paprika 1/4c queso fresco (optional)
Nutrition Information (without cheese) Calories: 80 Total Fat: 0g Total Carbohydrate: 19g Fiber: 3g Protein: 1g
Nutrition Information (with cheese) Calories: 104 Total Fat: 2g Total Carbohydrate: 19g Fiber: 3g Protein: 2.5g
Some people avoid avocados because they are high in fat. Luckily, avocados contain unsaturated fats, which, when eaten in moderation, are a delicious part of a healthy diet. And it’s not Cinco de Mayo without a little guacamole. By serving guacamole with carrot and jicama sticks, you will be able to enjoy this tasty side dish without the extra calories and fat of tortilla chips.
Serving size 1/4c Recipe makes 10 servings Ingredients: 3 ripe avocados, halved, seeded and peeled 1 Roma tomato, diced ½ of a medium onion, diced 1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced 1 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped 1 lime, juiced Salt to taste 2.5c carrot sticks (for dipping) 2.5c jicama sticks (for dipping)
Nutrition Information Calories: 106 Total Fat: 6g Total Carbohydrate: 11g Fiber: 2.5g Protein: 2g
Poblano Peppers and Onions
This traditional dish is often made with high fat crema Mexicana and/or cheese. By using light sour cream and omitting the cheese in this recipe, the calorie content is greatly reduced and the star ingredients—the poblano peppers and onions—can really shine.
Servings size 3 tacos Recipe makes 4 servings Ingredients: 5 poblano peppers 1 large onion, sliced Cooking spray 3/4c light sour cream 12 corn tortillas Salt to taste
Nutrition Information (without tortillas) Calories: 92 Total Fat: 4g Total Carbohydrate: 9g Fiber: 2g Protein: 5g
Nutrition Information (with tortillas) Calories: 242 Total Fat: 6 g Total Carbohydrate: 39g Fiber: 6.5 g Protein: 8g
What are your favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes?