5 Healthy Recipes To Make For Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is a time for indulging in delicious food and enjoying good company. Let this “celebratory” Friday be a little different than previous Cinco de Mayos. Get experimental in the kitchen by making some staple and creative recipes. It’s not just about chips and salsa or burritos. It’s about creating deep flavors that tell a story when they hit your taste buds.

 

In cities across the nation, people celebrate with festivities, parties, and parades, and these celebrations wouldn’t be complete without food. But Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. No, no…that is on September 16th.

 

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over France in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. This was during the Franco-Mexican war (1861-1867) and 4,500 untrained Mexican soldiers proved victorious over 6,500 trained French soldiers. While Cinco de Mayo isn’t really a holiday or a landmark event in Mexican history, it does provide an opportunity to embrace Mexican-American culture. An easy way to do that is through food.

 

To go beyond the average burrito, here are 5 recipes to help you indulge in festive flavors.

 

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette:

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This dressing brings a vibrant and citrusy flare to your salads. Don’t let your salads all taste the same. Vary the dressing and your view of salads will change forever.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Raw Lettuce Tacos With “Chorizo” and Salsa:

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A raw food diet doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, there are lots of things you can make, for example, these raw tacos! The nuts give the “chorizo” a texture similar to meat and the fresh salsa with avocados, along with the crunch of the lettuce, make every bite a flavor party in your mouth.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Zesty Zucchini Burrito Boats:

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We love making zucchini into pasta, but we never thought to make them into healthy burrito boats! It’s like eating your favorite burrito without the added carbs from the tortilla and rice. You get to purely enjoy the bold flavors of this zesty dish.

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Vegan Enchiladas That’ll Change Your Life:

 

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Is there anything better than diving into a saucy, cheesy, aromatic bite of enchiladas? There probably is, but you’ll forget about it once you start eating this healthy, vegan recipe. If you have a few Latin spices that you enjoy, feel free to add them to dish.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Vegan Taco Spread:

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Tacos are delicious, no matter what way they come. They are social food and finger food. Who doesn’t love that? For this recipe, we are leaving the meat, tortillas, and cheese alone and swapping them for much healthier options.

Click here to make this recipe.

 

Sources:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/vegan-cinco-de-mayo-party-recipes/

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=2094&catId=2

2017-05-05T14:59:33+00:00

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    Q: What's the best way to start on a vegan/raw food diet? I am not sure what to eat to make sure I would get a nutritious diet-you may not be able to go into that much detail but how can I get sample meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner incorporating this type of diet-perhaps there is somewhere on the web I find something like this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    If I do say myself, the best way to start a raw food diet is to be coached by me. I run a 6 month health coaching program that is 60-90 percent raw and 100 percent vegan/gluten free/ allergy free. You can find out more about my program at www.theveganeffect.com. I am running a special of half off my program if you sign up before march 1st. 

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