Although most Americans celebrated the day of Mexican pride and heritage yesterday, there is no reason to stop the party. To spice up your diet, incorporating the regional dishes of Mexico can offer a range of health benefits and variety to your everyday routine. It is possible to enjoy the fresh Mexican flavors without wrecking your waistline!
Mexican cuisine is much more than the high fat, high calorie gigantic platters of food often served in American style restaurants. The land and seas of Mexico provide a plethora of fruits, vegetables, and heart healthy fishes that are important for good nutritional health.
- 1 lb frozen mixed seafood (shrimp, bay scallops, calamari)
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 2T lemon juice
- 2T olive oil
- ½ small red onion, diced
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1 mango, cubed
- ½ green bell pepper, diced
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Thaw seafood to room temperature. This can be done by rinsing the seafood in a colander with cool running water.
- Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot, quickly add thawed seafood and let boil for about 1 minute, no more than 2. Drain seafood into a colander and run under cold water to stop the fish from over cooking.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the lemon and lime juices with olive oil. Add the cooled seafood, red onion, avocado, mango, and bell peppers and gently mix ingredients together. Just before serving, add cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for at least 30 minutes before serving.