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Much-Healthier Mexican: 4 Easy Recipes

Save Mexican food from the prison of cheat meal status! Make smarter choices with your ingredients and you can bring Mexican dishes into your everyday diet. Here are four recipes to show you how it's done.

Healthy eaters usually put Mexican food in a corner and don't let it out unless it's a treat or cheat meal. But, guess what? It doesn't have to be that way. With a few healthy adjustments, you can have the proverbial cake (or, uh, taco) and eat it, too!

Throw a little fiesta a su casa and make a Mexican meal. These four recipes will help get you started. By cooking at home, you get all the south-of-the-border flavor you want without the extra fat, carbs, and calories you get from eating at a restaurant.

1 / Smoky Snapper with Avocado Verde Sauce

I made this recipe on a whim, and now it tops some of my all-time favorite dinner recipes. Serve this when you need some healthy fats and protein, want to impress your dinner guests, or need to add a spicy Mexican kick to your regular dinner fare.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Set broiler to high.
  2. Sprinkle both sides of fish with paprika, cumin, and chili powder.
  3. Broil each side for 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
  4. In a food processor, blend avocado, verde sauce, and half of lime juice.
  5. In a small bowl, combine chopped tomatoes, cilantro, and the rest of the lime juice.
  6. Top cooked snapper with avocado sauce and tomato relish.

Nutrition Facts
Recipe yields 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 212
Total Fat9 g
Total Carb10 g
Protein25 g

2 / Guacamole Lite

The standard homemade guacamole is not unhealthy by any means. It provides a healthy dose of unsaturated fats, vitamin C, and vitamin E. However, it packs hefty a calorie punch. Because this version is a little lighter, you don't have to be limited to a measly portion size. One avocado can go a long way! Serve as a dip with whole-grain homemade pita chips, as a meal topper, or with cucumber and sliced bell pepper for a sodium-free option.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, add all ingredients.
  2. Mix together until all ingredients are well-combined.
Guacamole Lite PDF (56.7 KB)

Nutrition Facts
Recipe yields 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 91
Total Fat7.4 g
Total Carb6.5 g
Protein1.2 g

3 / Steak Tacos

With just a few adjustments, you can have some delicious and satisfying steak tacos without the side dish of guilt! Skip the sour cream, lighten the cheese load, and swap out your regular flour tortillas for Food for Life's sprouted corn tortillas. Que delicioso!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Marinate the steak with lime juice, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Grill steak to desired temperature.
  3. Let steak rest for 3 minutes and slice thinly against the grain.
  4. Assemble tacos with thinly sliced steak, 1 tbsp guacamole, and 1 tsp cotija cheese.
Steak Tacos PDF (66.8 KB)

Nutrition Facts
Recipe yields 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 380
Total Fat18.5 g
Total Carb29.5 g
Protein28 g

4 / Shredded Chicken Enchiladas

Usually, I leave enchiladas off the menu. They're smothered in cheese and full of grease—not what I would choose as a healthy option. However, I know that many people love enchiladas, so I took my crack at a healthier version. After this successful experiment, I came out an enchilada believer!

Ingredients

For Chicken Mixture

For Enchilada Sauce:

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pan, heat olive oil for one minute on medium heat.
  3. Add garlic, onion, and spices and sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, Stevia, vinegar, and cilantro.
  5. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. In a mixing bowl mix together cooked and shredded chicken, Greek yogurt, lime juice, green chills, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  7. Spray 9x9 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  8. Spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the dish.
  9. Spoon chicken mixture into tortillas, roll each one, and place in dish seam-side down.
  10. Pour remaining sauce over the top of rolled tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, and then garnish with cilantro.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1 enchilada)
Recipe yields 6
Amount per serving
Calories 175
Total Fat3 g
Total Carb21 g
Protein19 g

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Enchiladas were the only appealing thing to me here

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I made them, they were good!

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the snapper looks amazing, defiently going to try it

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That looks amazing

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keep them coing all great

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The tacos look pretty good... and the guacamole lite i have to try it

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a tip from a true mexican... No cheese at all on the tacos!!! Add diced tomatoes onion and some cilantro.... and some hot sauce it will raise your metabolism. also the tortillas are full of fiber and protein.

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No cheese?? I think you lifted to much wt today! lol

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No cheese?? I think you lifted to much wt today! lol

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Just made a batch of the enchiladas...mmm dinner in 20 minutes.

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I never want to eat anything but healthy again. I am going to my fridgerator and throwing out my BACON. On second thought that would be wasteful. All kidding aside I love JB's recipes and wish should would come ad cook for me on FATHERS DAY

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WOW THANKS!!

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Sent these to my wife.

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I made the enchiladas last night - yum! I had small corn tortillas though and the chicken wouldn't all fit so I ended up making eight of them, so I split it up into four servings.

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I like to make the enchilada sauce and then simmer chicken breast in it to make an enchilada soup. Very yummy!

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can't wait to start grubbin' on some of these recipes!

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Any ideas for a green sauce for the enchiladas? I am allergic to tomatoes.

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