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5 Recipes for a Healthy Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Cinco de Mayo is a traditional Mexican holiday recognizing the defeat of the French military in 1862 in the state of Pueblo. The celebration has grown in popularity in the States, and is one of the first real kick-off events for Spring. Anything for some delicious, classic Mexican food, right? strawberry-salsa

With all the chips, queso, tacos and Mexican beer turning up at a Cinco de Mayo party, you can quickly and easily sabotage your diet. Instead, prepare some of these fresh and flavorful Mexican recipes at your event, or offer your hostess to bring a dish. Your guests will likely not even notice that you took a healthy route once they taste your culinary creations, and you can rest easy knowing you enjoyed the party and will wake-up guilt-free on seis de Mayo!

Strawberry Salsa
Serve with either blue corn tortilla chips or top grilled chicken or pork chops. Either way you’ll feel like you’re splurging with this scrumptious salsa made with strawberries, pineapple, fresh mint and cilantro, and jalapenos.

Turkey Corn Tacos with Fresh Salsa and Beans
A creation by Chef Rocco DiSpirito bursting with flavor. This recipe uses fresh ingredients like cilantro, jalapenos, white onions and limes and is served alongside black beans and salsa verde. Margarita

Baked Chimichangas
You’ll appreciate the calorie relief in this traditionally fried recipe. Use lean ground beef or ground turkey, season with chili seasoning, onion and garlic, then roll in a tortilla for a dinner that will become a family favorite.

Twice Grilled Chicken Fajitas
If you needed an excuse to light the grill, this is a good one. Grill chicken in a juicy homemade marinade. Then, roll meat with sauteed vegetables in a tortilla, and return fajitas to the grill.

Low Carb Margarita
The perfect complement to this Mexican feast is a cool, classic margarita. This recipe has 103 calories and uses fresh lime juice and orange extract. Be sure to budget for the empty calories.

April 29th, 2009

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