Healthy Mexican inspired side dishes

Healthy mexican side dishesI like cooking Mexican inspired food. I say ‘Mexican inspired’ because my Mexican dishes are far from traditional Mexican. I am often substituting ingredients to make my dishes lower in calories and carbohydrates, and easier to make. I do, however, try to use Mexican flavours, such as garlic, onion, chillies, tomatoes, cumin, lime juice and salt.

Here are a few of my healthier versions of Mexican inspired side dishes.

Healthier Chilli con queso

This dip or side dish is typically made from a blend of melted cheese, cream and chillies – delicious, yet very high in calories. So I made my own version with low fat cream cheese, coconut milk and Greek yoghurt. Now I can enjoy this side dish any night of the week. Spoon this con queso over a bean and vegetable dish or use it as a dip with carrot and celery sticks.

Ingredients

250 grams low fat cream cheese

½ cup coconut milk

¼ cup Greek yoghurt

1 clove garlic

½ red onion

½ a tin of chopped tomatoes

1 teaspoon minced chillies (or adjust to desired taste)

Salt

Sprinkle of paprika

Utensils

Measuring cups and spoons

Food processor or high-speed blender (I use an Omniblend – buy yours here and help support my blog http://www.omniblendaustralia.com.au/ref/54/)

Small saucepan

Spoon

Method

  • Add all the ingredients to a food processor or high-speed blender.
  • Process/blend until the mixture is smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into a saucepan and simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, until the Chilli con queso thickens.
  • Allow the Chilli con queso to cool briefly before serving warm as a dip or spooned over a Mexican meal. For an even tastier dip, leave the con queso overnight after simmering then gently reheat it before serving.

 Smoky avocado dip

Smoky avocado dipI use tahini frequently in salad dressings and sauces, but I hadn’t combined it with avocado and I’m glad I did because it worked well.

Ingredients

1 avocado

1 heaped tablespoon tahini

½ cup Greek yoghurt

½ teaspoon paprika

Juice from ½ a lime

Salt

Utensils

Bowl

Sharp knife

Spoon

Fork

Measuring cups and spoons

Method

  • Mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well.

 Lime cauliflower rice

I do like my cauliflower rice. It has a similar texture to regular rice but is far lower in calories and carbohydrates. I added lime juice and salt for a more Mexican flavour.

Makes two serves

Ingredients

1/3 head of cauliflower

Juice from ½ lime

Salt

Utensils

Food processor

Sharp knife

Chopping board

Method

  • Add the cauliflower, lime juice and salt to the food processor. Process until the cauliflower resembles the texture of rice. Heat the cauliflower in the microwave for two minutes before serving.

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