Who loves Mexican? (Me, me, me!)
Come on, who doesn’t love a good Mexican meal? It’s spicy, hot, delicious and very healthy too! However, when you are in a bit of a hurry or tired after a day’s work, grabbing the packaged ‘kits’ to make a Mexican meal, can be very tempting. But hey, I’ll tell you a secret: you don’t have to.
Ready to go meals are usually packed with some nasty ingredients hidden under deceiving names. They may be super quick to make and may look very appetising but don’t be fooled. The list of ingredients are indeed, quite unappetising…
If there’s one thing that I always keep my eyes on when shopping at the supermarket is the ingredients list. They offer you the essential information you need to make a good choice when looking for a healthy product. Forget the words ‘healthy’, ‘natural’, ‘low-fat’ (it probably means just more sugar) and ‘low sugar’ (it probably means unhealthy sugars). The techniques vary, but the idea is to ‘protect’ you from finding out exactly what is inside the box. We constantly see unusual names and ingredients we can hardly pronounce.
And as a rule of thumb, I steer away from any ‘food’ product that contains any type of additive that sounds suspicious. One of the worst offenders is the infamously ‘MSG’ aka monosodium glutamate which is an additive that enhances the meaty and savoury flavour in foods. It’s commonly added in Asian dishes and in pretty much every processed food in the Western world. Nonetheless, MSG has been given a bad rep for the many reactions it can cause, including:
- Facial pressure or tightness
- Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas
- Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
- Chest pain
Many additives are still currently being used in the food industry. However, due to public pressure, they are slowly being removed from the ingredients list of many products and avoided at all costs by health experts. And you should too.
In case you want to be on the safe side of things, you can make you own food and enjoy a perfectly healthy meal without worrying of any hidden ingredients that can harm your health. And believe me, you don’t have to slave away for hours in the kitchen to make a nourishing and flavoursome meal.
It took me about 30 minutes in the kitchen to pull out this super simple, healthy and mouth-watering Mexican Feast!
The only store-bought elements were the tacos and blue corn nachos. Both vegan and gluten free and made with only 2 ingredients.
Everything else was whipped up in just 30 minutes. A fresh and simple Guacamole accompanied the blue corn nachos serving as an appetiser while I prepared the fresh salsa with a few ingredients. To make sure I’ve added enough protein, I also sautéed some mushroom cups which added lots of flavour and texture to my homemade tacos.
This simple recipe makes a great mid-week dinner that is quick and easy to prepare and requires minimum cooking skills. Just delicious basic cooking.
And as they say, simple is better.
- 1½ ripe avocados
- ½ chopped tomato
- Coriander, finely chopped
- Olive oil to taste
- Salt and pepper
- 1½ chopped tomatoes
- ½ chopped yellow capsicum
- ½ chopped brown onion
- Coriander finely chopped
- 1 small red chilli (chopped and deseeded)
- Vegetable oil (coconut can be used too)
- Salt & Pepper
- 5 medium mushrooms
- Olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Taco shells (look for products with minimum number of ingredients)
- Blue corn chips
- 1 can of red kidney bean
- 1 can of low salt corn kernels
- In a bowl, place the avocado and mash it with a fork.
- Then, place the chopped tomato, coriander, salt, pepper and olive oil and mix well.
- Taste it and adjust for seasoning.
- Serve with blue corn chips.
- To make the fresh salsa, in a pan add the oil, then sauté the onion.
- Add the capsicum and the tomato. Sauté them until the tomato is soft.
- Add the chilli and coriander and mix well.
- Season and taste.
- TIP: Add a bit of sugar if the tomatoes are too acidic.
- In a frying pan, add the oil and over medium heat add the mushrooms.
- Sauté the mushrooms until cooked and season with salt.
- Set aside to serve with tacos.
- Remove corn and beans from cans and serve them in bowls.
- Remove the salsa and mushrooms from the heat and serve in a bowl too.
- Place taco shells in a plate and serve.
- Assemble your tacos and enjoy!
Peace and Love,