Friday, September 10, 2021

Essential Tips for Healthy Mexican Cooking

If you’ve been looking for ways to liven up your diet, finding new cuisines to try out and explore is easily one of the best ways to do that. And if you’ve neglected Mexican food and everything it has to offer for too long now, it might be time to change that. Mexican cooking offers such incredible flavor and variety, and it’s more than possible to embrace it in a healthy way. That’s what we’re going to talk about today, so read on to find out more.

Use a Diverse Range of Vegetables

Mexico is a country that grows a lot of vegetables, and that translates to lots of great dishes and recipes that make use of those veggies. Be sure to make the most of a wide range of vegetables in your cooking if you want to do it the true and authentic Mexican way. Some vegetables that are very commonly used in Mexican cooking include pumpkins, zucchinis and peppers.

Understand What it Takes to Make a Great Salsa

Salsa is obviously a huge staple in Mexican cooking. And if you want to cook Mexican food well, you first of all need to master the salsa. There’s more that goes into getting it right than you might think too. You should dry roast the tomatoes along with the onions and chili peppers you’re using. That’s the secret and basis to any good Mexican salsa.

Choose High-Quality Meat

One of the most important aspects of good Mexican cooking is high-quality meat. It’s often best to slow cook the meat to deliver that tenderness that’s so often associated with the best Mexican dishes. Using frozen Mexican food is a good way to access high-quality meat in a more affordable way. It’s certainly possible for vegetarians to enjoy Mexican food too though, and we’ll talk more about that later.

Go Further With Your Seasonings

Of course, we can’t talk about Mexican food without talking about seasoning and spices. Mexican food is known for its distinctive flavors. So using the right peppers, alongside seasonings such as cumin, paprika, Mexican oregano and cinnamon, is vital. Try different combinations and find those distinctive Mexican flavors that you love the most.

Use Beans as a Source of Protein

As we mentioned above, you don’t need to get your protein from meat when it comes to cooking Mexican food. Beans are a huge staple of Mexican cooking, and they can be used alongside or as a replacement for meat. Options such as borlottis, flor de mayo, pinto and lentils are all great options to consider, and there are plenty of Mexican recipes centered around them.

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As you can see, there are so many things to consider when delving into Mexican food and cooking for the first time. Perhaps the most important thing is to be experimental and be willing to try out new things. That’s how you discover what you love and find the recipes that’ll remain staples in your kitchen for years to come.

This post was written with the Life According to Steph audience in mind

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