10 Things to Serve at Your Healthy Cinco de Mayo Party!By Mary Clifton, MD
It’s that time of year again – the time we remember how healthy avocados are by eating too much guacamole and chips. Well, this year why not enjoy a healthy, yet totally scrumptious Cinco de Mayo? Here are my top ten picks for your fiesta!
1. Take your family to the bar. It’s totally legal.
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2. An appetizer everyone will love – whether they’re eschewing dairy or not – is my Rawcho Cheese Dip. It’s great with baked corn chips or even raw veggies.
3. Dr. Mary loves this weekday Mexican meal – so simple and quick and delish!
4. Whip up some fresh guacamole! Yes, it’s a little rich, but totally fine in moderation. Plus, it’s chock-full of fiber, potassium, and other great nutrients. My favorite version has plenty of lime, some cilantro, and a pinch of sea salt.
5. Make some easy peasy plant-based nachos! Preheat your oven to 400 F and place some tortilla chips (preferably organic and/or baked) on a baking sheet. Top with nondairy cheese (we use Daiya cheddar), jalapeno slices, and black beans. Bake until the cheese is melted. If desired, top with nondairy sour cream (my daughter loves the Tofutti sour supreme), fresh cilantro, and minced red onion.
6. Whip up some mouth-watering veggie fajitas! SUCH a fun way to get in your veggies. Cut up onions, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and any other veggies you adore. Saute over medium-high heat with a teaspoon of oil, plenty of garlic, and some spices (cumin, cayenne, black pepper, and coriander to name a few). Squeeze with lime and serve with warm tortillas. You’ll also want to tuck some guacamole and fresh cilantro into your wraps.
7. If you’re on the Foodie Detox, you can make a great entree for yourself, even if you’re avoiding starches at dinnertime. Place crispy Romaine lettuce in a big bowl, and top with black beans, plenty of fresh salsa, and some of your favorite veggies (I like finely chopped cabbage, cilantro, and diced red onions). You can also toss in one-fourth of an avocado, chopped, for some oomph if you like!
8. Make your own healthy chips from scratch (hint: they’re even more yummy than the store-bought ones!). Preheat your oven to 400 F and spray a baking sheet with coconut or olive oil. Cut organic (preferably sprouted) corn tortillas into fourths. Place in a single layer on your baking sheet. Sprinkle with garlic granules, chili powder, and sea salt. Bake until crisp and lightly browned. Let cool and enjoy!
9. Have lots of fun toppings on hand for your party. Whether you’re serving tacos, tostadas, or fajitas, it really makes for a party feel to have lots of little dishes of fun laying around. Well, not laying around, but you get the idea. Some of my favorites are red onion cilantro (finely minced red onions mixed with minced cilantro); salsas of different kinds; pico de gallo; guacamole; Rawcho Cheese (see link above); finely chopped red and green cabbage; lime wedges; nondairy sour cream (you can buy them premade or make your own by blending up raw cashews, fresh lime juice and zest, water, garlic, nutritional yeast, and sea salt). Have fun! Go wild.
10. Be sure to serve dessert! For a quick, light cinnamon crisp that the whole family will love, here’s what you do: Preheat your oven to 400 F. Cut whole grain tortillas into pie shaped wedges. Spray them with coconut oil, and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (I use coconut sugar). Spray with oil again (lightly) and bake until golden brown and crisp. Hola, delicious!
Tess Challis is the co-founder of Get Waisted and will use any excuse to have a vegan fiesta.Posted on by Mary Clifton, MD