Enjoy a Healthy Twist on the Flavors of Fiesta!

By Andi Champion, Marketing Manager, CHEF

Fiesta is one of our favorite San Antonio traditions! What began in 1891 as a one-parade event honoring the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, has grown into a city wide 11-day celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse history. While the festivities may look a little different this year, the things that make this tradition so special: the celebration of culture, history, and food remain.

If you’re trying to enjoy the food and fun while staying on track with your health goals, we’ve put together a list of delicious and healthy Fiesta-themed recipes to add to your menu.

Tostadas Deliciosas: These tostadas are a classic CHEF recipe for a reason! They’re simple to make, kid-friendly, and are easily customizable based off your family’s taste preferences. It’s also a great way to show your child how they can use MyPlate to build a healthy, wholesome recipe. Encourage your child to see how many different colors of fruits and vegetables they can add to their plate as they build their tostada.

Fruit Ceviche: This refreshing spin on traditional ceviche is a tasty snack and a great way to introduce your family to new flavor combinations. The combination of citrus flavors and guajillo chile powder will remind you of your local frutería.

Confetti Corn: Give your taste buds a fiesta of flavor with our Confetti Corn! This recipe is full of nutrients and comes together in less than 30 minutes. Add some heart-healthy avocado and a lean protein such as black beans or shredded chicken to make it a complete meal.

Arroz con Pollo: Try a healthier twist on classic Arroz con Pollo. Our version includes extra vegetables for an added boost of nutrition, whole grains, and less sodium than traditional versions.

Watermelon Agua Fresca: Summertime in Texas is no joke! Beat the Texas heat and cool down with our refreshing Watermelon Agua Fresca.

Picadillo Tacos: Our lighter picadillo recipe includes more fresh produce and less sodium. Top it with colorful cabbage for a crunch and serve it in lettuce cups. Garnish it with chopped cilantro for even more fresh flavor or add some spice with your favorite salsa.

Colorful Black Bean Salsa: This light dish is full of protein, fiber, and flavor. The addition of colorful vegetables means that you’re getting a variety of good-for-you nutrients. This recipe would make the perfect side dish or plant-based protein option for tacos!

Rainbow Fruit Skewers with Cinnamon Yogurt: Move over chicken on a stick, there’s a new on-the-go snack in town! Rainbow Fruit Skewers with Cinnamon Greek Yogurt is the perfect recipe to indulge in your sweet tooth. This delicious and nutritious dessert can be easily customized based off your family’s favorite fruits.

Summer Mango Salsa: Nothing beats the refreshing flavors of mango after a day in the sun! Enjoy this salsa as a topping or side to your tacos or as a dip with whole grain tortilla chips.  

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