Mexican Cuisine: Simple and Delicious Vegetarian Meals to Make You Feel Great
Many people associate Mexican restaurants as only offering dishes that are high in saturated fats. The truth is that the right Mexican dishes offer a nutritional punch. The next time you head out for Mexican food, check out the pescatarian and vegetarian options for healthier choices. Here are Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina’s recommendations for the five best Mexican dishes to order on a Meatless Monday (or any meatless occasion).
1. Chile Rellenos
Order a cheese Chile Relleno and enjoy a filling meal without meat. A poblano pepper is filled with cheese, topped with a spicy tomato sauce and then baked to perfection. This is not a fried dish, so you don’t have to worry about extra fat. The cheese adds the protein vegetarians need. The capsaicin found in chili peppers is also linked to protection from some types of cancer.
Fajitas are one of the best foods to order at a Mexican cantina. Full of vegetables like bell peppers and onions, Papa’s Fajitas have a vegetarian option and shrimp fajitas for those on a pescatarian diet. Skip the cream cheese and load up your fajita with healthier traditional guacamole instead. The avocados in guacamole are rich in carotenoids, which help the body with vitamin A intake. Lime juice used in traditional guacamole also boosts your vitamin C intake.
3. Fish Tacos
Fish tacos have developed quite a following in the past few years. Grilled fish and a cabbage slaw offer plenty of nutrients without much in the way of fat. The grilled fish is rich in beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids, which is a good thing if you’re looking to boost your good cholesterol levels. The cabbage used in the slaw is one of the best vegetables you’ll find. Cabbage has very high levels of antioxidants and has properties that help prevent against certain cancers.
4. Grilled Fish
Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina has another grilled fish dish that’s perfect for anyone looking for a healthy Mexican meal. The mango salsa topping the grilled salmon is rich in vitamin C and potassium. Plus, the roasted vegetables that go with the meal also help increase your needed daily veggie intake. It’s also a quick and easy meal to make at home on nights you want to cook.
Quesadillas filled with shrimp or just cheese appeal to vegetarians and pescatarians alike. When dining out, skip the sour cream and ask for extra pico de gallo. The tomatoes in pico de gallo offer a boost of the antioxidant lycopene.
Head to Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina and go through 2017 making healthier choices. With our unbeatable weekly specials, you’ll enjoy healthy Mexican food while saving money on your night out. Call 214-383-2150 and make reservations today!