Tag: cinco de mayo

The Chef’s Take: Chicken Mole Verde from Tamer Hamawi

by in Chefs and Restaurants, April 30, 2014

chicken mole

“It’s called mole verde oaxaqueno, and we love it because it’s probably the lightest, simplest and freshest of moles,” says Tamer Hamawi, owner of Gran Eléctrica, in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood.

In this recipe, Hamawi’s beloved mole cooks down with crisped chicken legs and a scattering of plump white beans. This particular mole hails from Oaxaca, in Southwestern Mexico, and possesses all the depth that darker mole poblano is known for, but, thankfully, fewer calories. “Mole poblano is what people generally associate with mole and it is typically thickened by nuts, seeds and raw bread. It’s also seasoned with lot of spices and chocolate,”  Hamawi says. “This one is about fresh.”

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22 Healthy Mexican Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, April 30, 2013

steak tacos
Mix up a batch of lightened-up margaritas, then cook up a bunch of these fiesta-inspired favorites.

Soup, Starters and Sides
Fresh ingredients and lots of spice make these appetizers and side dishes healthy crowd-pleasers.

5-Ingredient Quesadillas
Chile-Chicken Posole
Mexican Chicken Soup
Mexican Zucchini Oven Fries
Guacamole
Five Layer Mexican Dip
Mexican Potato Skin Bites
Spicy Cheesy Rice

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Cinco de Mayo Drinks and Appetizers

by in Healthy Holidays, May 3, 2012
six-layer dip
Food Network Magazine's Slim Six-Layer Dip

In the US, the 5th of May is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage. Get your Cinco de Mayo fiesta started with these tasty bites and killer cocktails.

Festive Cocktails
Ginger Margaritas
Classic Margaritas, Lightened Up
Sangria
Blueberry-Ginger Mojitos

No-Fail Appetizers
Slim Six-Layer Dip (above)
Chili Cheese Dip
Nectarine Avocado Salsa
Mexican Tortilla Pizza
Mango Salsa Scoops
Margarita Chicken Skewers
Cilantro Scallops

Tell Us: What’s on your Cinco menu?

Avocados 5 New Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Healthy Recipes, May 2, 2012
avocado mayonnaise
Replace regular mayo with a creamy, avocado-based sandwich spread.

We’ve told you how to enjoy avocados these 5 basic ways—but here are 5 more creative ways you can use them in recipes. Which will you try?

Avocado Halves
Although the fat in this recipe slightly exceeds our Healthy Eats guidelines, it’s the heart-healthy, unsaturated type. Since fat takes longer to digest, this low-calorie snack will help keep hunger at bay.

Recipe: Avocado Boats

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Tacos, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, April 30, 2012
pork tacos
Leaner fillings and soft shells make for lighter tacos.

Fried shells, fatty meats and piles of high-cal toppings can make tacos a belly buster. But they don’t have to be; use our tips to give a healthier spin to this Cinco de Mayo favorite.

Nutrition Facts
Whether it’s fast food or home cooking, the calories and fat in tacos can get crazy. Greasy cuts of meat and many of the classic fixings like cheese, sour cream and guacamole are high in fat. Home taco kits also come equipped with sodium-filled taco seasoning packets. A super stuffed taco could easily top 500 calories – and who eats just one?!

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5 Ingredients: Mix-and-Match Quesadillas

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, May 5, 2011
Fiery Chicken Quesadilla
Fiery Chicken Quesadillas

Yes, quesadillas are tortillas and cheese, but they can be so much more! With fresh ingredients and just enough flavorful cheese, this Mexican favorite makes a delicious and healthy meal. Fire up any of these 5-ingredient combos for an easy Cinco de Mayo spread or a quick weeknight dinner.

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Make Your Own Margaritas

by in Healthy Recipes, May 3, 2010
Dana's Citrus Margarita
Dana's Citrus Margarita

Margaritas are perfect for celebrations (like this Wednesday’s Cinco de Mayo), but pour lots of alcohol and sugary add-ins into a super-sized glass and you’ve got yourself a 600+ calorie cocktail! Skip the too-sweet drink mixes and opt for our fruity versions, all under 275 calories.

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A Spicy, Low-Cal Cinco de Mayo Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, May 2, 2009
Jicama-Orange Salad
Jicama-Orange Salad/Photo by Sang An - Food Network Magazine

Sure, my family lives in Connecticut, but May 5 has a special significance in our house — we just love Mexican food. Some Mexican dishes — especially the Americanized versions — can be cheese and fat overloads. Create a mid-week fiesta full of bold and spicy flavors, without the calorie worry.

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