At heart, Tex-Mex and Mexican food features beautiful produce, whole grains, healthy fats (hola, guacamole!) quality meats and a hint of cheese. Look at the lunch I had at Rosario's in San Antonio. It's has a rainbow of vegetables. Sure it's got a cheese-filled pepper but I didn't even touch that after filling up on the veggies.
Restaurant diet tip: If you're eating Tex-Mex in a restaurant, ask for fresh corn tortillas with your salsa and guacamole. Tear your tortilla into four triangles and use that for your chips and salsa appetizer. You will eat slower and consume fewer empty calories. (Tweet this)
Healthy Tex-Mex At Home
You can make delicious and creative Tex-Mex dishes at home. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here are five outstanding Tex-Mex recipes, featuring simple ingredients, that will have you forgoing greasier offerings in no time:
- Chicken Enchilada Casserole - I have made this and received RAVE reviews from the family.
- Chicken with Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Salsa - a wonderfully fresh option for summer.
- Double Bean Burritos - substitute a whole grain or spinach tortilla for flour tortilla.
- Chicken Chilaquiles - haven't tried this but it looks delicious!
- Veggie Tostadas - a gorgeous veggie-filled dish that will leave you satisfied and guilt-free.
It wouldn't be Cinco de Mayo without margaritas. Here are 7 delicious margarita recipes that will satisfy any tequila craving.
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