Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Healthy Heart Tacos

May 2015, Xtend-Life Expert

Summary

You may be hosting a Cinco de Mayo party or you may just want to join in the festivities from your dining table at home – either way I am sure this Taco recipe will have you saying ‘deliciosa‘ from the very first bite!

Cinco de Mayo is one of the most celebrated holidays in Mexico and the United States. Literally translated to the ‘fifth of May’, it is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862.

You may be hosting a Cinco de Mayo party or you may just want to join in the festivities from your dining table at home – either way I am sure this Taco recipe will have you saying ‘deliciosa‘ from the very first bite!

Healthy Heart Tacos = YUM!

1. Swap corn taco shells for lettuce

I do love the odd taco shell here and there but the humble lettuce leaf is far more light and summer friendly. Plus, a cup of leafy greens (such as cos or romaine lettuce) a day, is enough to give you all the Vitamin K you need for healthy bones. Vitamin K is also good for the cardiovascular system. Definitely a win to me.

2. Prepare the Meat

2 cups of premium grass-fed beef mince or lean chicken breast
OR
2 cups diced tofu or minced walnuts if you are vegetarian
¼ cup oil-free sun dried tomatoes, soaked until soft (about 30 minutes)
2 tablespoons raw soya sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste

  • Sautee meat and add the seasoning
  • If going for the vegetarian option, you can whizz walnuts in a food processor until crumbly and stir the seasoning through in a large mixing bowl

3. Stir up the Salsa

2 large roma tomatoes, diced
½ cup pineapple, diced
½ cup coriander (US cilantro), chopped
½ cup corn kernels
1 tablespoon of red onion, diced fine
1 fresh lime
flaky sea salt and cracked black pepper to season

  • Combine everything in a bowl
  • Squeeze lime juice over the top and season with salt and pepper

4. Devour (hungrily)!

Pile the meat and salsa together in a lettuce leaf and add a few strips of avocado and a spoonful of greek yoghurt. Then aim in the direction of your mouth and enjoy!

In good health.

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