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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Raw Cinco De Mayo Meal

I am hispanic (Puerto Rican, to be exact) but I am not Mexican. However, I still make a point of celebrating Cinco de Mayo every year.

It has grown into a nationally recognized holiday consisting of food and fiestas
Others may see it as nothing more than a chance to kick back and enjoy a margarita or two. 

Personally, I would rather use Mexico's independence day as an opportunity to experiment with its vast array of cuisine- that just happens to be photographed in a margarita glass...


I am not a big fan of "Americanized" Mexican food- smothered in cheese and way too much enchilada sauce. But I am a huge fan of fresh, authentic Mexican food.

It is just an added benefit that many Mexican dishes tend to be very vegan-friendly.


For this Cinco de Mayo, I am sharing two low-carb Mexican recipes that are about as fresh as it can get! 

The first is this creamy gazpacho


and the second is a colorful raw "rice.



Have you had your veggies today?

If not then you're in luck- you'll consume five different vegetables through these two dishes alone. And at less than 60 calories a serving, you don't have to feel guilty about going back for seconds. 
Simply add some black beans and a few slices of avocado for a wholesome, balanced meal. 


Gazpacho-
Ingredients:
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • pinch of sea salt
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients in high-speed blender*
  • Blend until smooth and serve
*If you do not have a high-speed blender: 1) Pulse tomatoes and cucumber (separately) in food processor until "chunky" 2) Transfer to normal blender with remaining ingredients and continue to blend until smooth


-Rice
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 3 mini sweet peppers (chopped)
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Bragg's liquid aminos 
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder

Directions:
  • Pulse cauliflower in food processor until it breaks down into small, rice-like granules
  • Transfer to small bowl 
  • Gently stir in remaining ingredients

*Each recipe serves 4

2 comments:

  1. Your gazpacho sounds delicious! I love how simple, yet tasty it sounds =)

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    1. Thanks! I almost always prefer simpler recipes to more complicated ones

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