5 Guilt-Free Mexican Recipes to Spice Up Your Summer

[Photo: The Whole Tara]

Love a Mexican but hate that sinking feeling that you might have just ingested your own body weight in grease? 

It often gets a bad rap but, from protein-packed pinto beans to everyone’s favourite superfood (the avocado, obvi), Mexican cuisine is made up of a veritable powerhouse of health-boosting ingredients. 

With these recipes’ clever hacks, you’ll get all of the benefits (and all of the yums) with none of the regrets. It’s time to ditch the post-Chiquito/Chimichanga guilt and dig out the oven gloves. 

Quorn Fajitas

[Photo: Candis]

Cut the fat and calorie content of your Friday night fajita fix in half by going DIY, and switching chicken for Quorn. 

Make it even easier: Use pre-seasoned Quorn Fajita Strips.

Make it even healthier: Use wholewheat tortilla wraps and throw in a handful of chopped mushrooms.

Get the recipe from Candis.

Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Peppers

[Photo: Eat Yourself Skinny]

Cheesy risotto fan? This combination of quinoa, black beans, tomatoes and red pepper will alleviate any carb and/or dairy-related feelings of guilt. It’s also heaven on a plate. 

Make it even easier: Can’t get your hands on Trader Joe’s cheese? Try Monterey Jack, Red Leicester, or Sainsbury’s chilli-infused Mexicana.

Make it even healthier: Team with a crunchy side salad.

Get the recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny.

Mexican-Style Sweet Potatoes

[Photo: Glow Kitchen]

Peppers aren’t the only vegetables ripe for a good stuffing this summer. The sweet potato is one of the most nutritious foods on earth, gram for gram. Add beans, peppers and parsley and you’ve got yourself a party.

Make it even healthier: Add a squeeze of lime juice. 

Make it even tastier: Sprinkle some cheese on top. We won’t tell if you don’t…

Get the recipe from Glow Kitchen.

Healthy Huevos Rancheros

[Photo: The Whole Tara]

Your fry-up just got pimped. And brunch just became worth waking up for.

Make it even easier: Can’t find cilantro? Coriander, derived from the same plant, is a great sub.

Make it even tastier: Add a chopped jalopeño, a sprinkle of grated cheese and a little shredded lettuce.

Get the recipe from The Whole Tara.

Chocolate and Banana Quesadillas

[Photo: Santa Maria]

A quesadilla - and a sweet one at that - which will bump up your antioxidant and potassium quotients? Go, go, go! Just remember to use the best quality dark chocolate you can find - the higher the cocoa content, the shinier your halo.

Make it even healthier: Use wholewheat tortillas and dry fry in a good non-stick saucepan - or switch the butter for coconut oil.

Make it even tastier: Try chilli or lime-infused chocolate for an added kick.

Get the recipe from Santa Maria World.

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