Say Olé to a Vegetarian Cinco de Mayo!

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Cinco de Mayo is almost here, but that doesn’t mean you have to say adios to your healthy eating habits. In fact, while many people associate Mexican food with overstuffed burritos, sodium-packed meats, and mounds of melty cheese, that’s far from the truth. Authentic Mexican food is actually plant based and full of fresh ingredients. So why not spice up your Cinco de Mayo spread with these healthy vegetarian recipes?

Black Bean Quesadillas: When you’re foregoing meat, black beans are a great protein alternative. Plus, they’re affordable and easy to prepare. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this delicious quesadilla is loaded with flavor.

Avocado and Black Bean Bowl: As a salad or a dip, this savory bowl is low in fat, high in fiber, and comes together in just 10 minutes. Vary it up with your own veggie ideas like jicama, water chestnuts, or chopped tomatoes. Or, to cut down on carbs, swap the brown rice for cauliflower rice.

Chipotle Tofu Fajita Wraps: Like black beans, tofu is an excellent source of protein as well as calcium and iron — not to mention it’s low in calories naturally gluten free. Not a fan of tofu? Often the right marinade and the way it’s cooked can make all the difference. These savory and colorful fajita wraps are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious.

Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad: It’s a salad! It’s a dip! It’s a topping for your favorite main dish! However it’s served, it’ll add a punch of flavor to any meal (and plenty of protein, fiber, and vitamin C too). Make this versatile recipe ahead of time so you’ll be ready for the big day.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup: Pasilla chiles (also called negro chilis) and epazote give this soup the distinct, authentic taste of tortilla soup from central Mexico. While it takes a little longer than some recipes to prepare, you’ll find the result is well worth it!

Chili Stuffed Peppers: Bright red, yellow, orange, and green peppers will turn any spread into a fiesta! Watching your carbs? Try cabbage instead of rice. If you forgot your OJ this morning, no biggie. These stuffed peppers pack in 262% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.

Vegetarian Spinach EnchiladasSneak leafy greens into your diet with these cheesy spinach enchiladas. Made as a casserole instead of individually wrapped enchiladas, this recipe is as easy as baking a lasagna, and the chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce add a nice kick.

And now for some fun finger foods!

In addition to the recipes above, round out your spread with healthy finger foods served with fresh salsa and guac:

  • Sliced jicama
  • Baby carrots
  • Celery
  • Bell peppers
  • Plantain, whole grain, or baked chips

And finally, don’t forget the piñata!

Did you know that traditional piñatas included fruit like guavas, oranges, and tejocotes (stone fruit)? Use your imagination — think raisins, nuts, low-fat popcorn, or even non-food items, like temporary tattoos, sunglasses, or glow sticks.

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