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time to fiesta!

On April 30th,  cook with a view hosted its third cooking class ~ Healthy Mexican Food. It was a great success, and the food was out of the world if I do say so myself.  Below are a couple of recipes from that class that I hope you’ll enjoy. I would love to hear from you if you try one or both of these. What’s your favorite Mexican Food? Share it and let’s see if we can find a way to give it a healthy overhaul – beyond just using reduced fat cheese!

Chayote and Chile Poblano Soup

  • 2 poblano chiles roasted and cleaned
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups white onion, chopped
  • 2 lbs. chayote peeled and chopped (shown in the photographs)
  • 1 cup corn
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth, heated
  • 1 cup Mexican cream or heavy cream
  • 1-2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes

peeled chayote squash

cubed chayote squash

  1. Cut poblano chiles into strips and set aside.
  2. Place the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. When hot, add the garlic and onion. Sauté for about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add the chayote, corn and broth, as well as the roasted poblano chiles, salt, white and red pepper. Let simmer for about 30 minutes or until the chayote is soft.
  4. Place the soup in a food processor in two parts and puree. Or use an immersion blender.
  5. Return to pot and add crème.

Low-Carb Option Omit the cup of corn and lower the carbs to 11 grams.

Low-Fat Option Use low-fat milk instead of the cream and lower the calories to 116 as well as shedding 10 grams of fat.

 

Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing Salad

  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 cups chopped seeded tomato
  • 2 cups chopped peeled jicama
  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels, uncooked (or frozen or canned)
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • Half a ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

Honey-Lime Dressing

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 large scallion bulb, finely minced

Toss all salad ingredients in a large bowl. In separate bowl, mix dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over mixture and toss again. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

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