Why not take your family and friends on a victual trip to Mexico by way of the dining room table? And while you're at it, take a vacation from the greasy grub that often passes in restaurants for Mexican cuisine. Instead, treat yourself to food where the vibrant flavors of lime, chiles, and cilantro create fatless and faultless flavor and sauces are made not with butter but with toasted nuts, seeds, and spices. Here's a small sampling of our delicious and healthy Mexican recipes.
Abandon the gloppy melted cheese that blankets dishes in lesser Mexican restaurants: A sprinkle of salty Queso Fresco will often do the trick.
For a low-fat alternative to fried tortilla chips, buy baked chips or make them yourself: Simply brush corn tortillas with a little oil, stack, cut into wedges, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and any spices you'd like to add, and bake at 375° until crisp, about 12 minutes.
Go for Good Fat
Instead of sour cream or crema, use guacamole to add a rich touch to tacos and burritos: It's just as luxurious, but because it's made with avocados, it contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which helps raise "good" cholesterol, as well as potassium and vitamin B6. If only dairy will do, experiment with reduced-fat sour cream or try using a dollop of low-fat yogurt for a tangy touch. In recipes that call for lard or butter, try substituting healthy oils, such as grape seed or olive.
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