Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo isn't the Mexican Independence Day. In fact, it may be more heavily celebrated here in the U.S. than it is in Mexico! The holiday began in 1862 when the Mexican Army held a surprising victory over a French invasion in the battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. At that time, the French army was said to be the best in Europe so when their invasion was halted by the Mexican Army on May 5th, a gleeful celebration ensued. Cinco de Mayo has evolved over time into a joyful fiesta focusing on Mexican culture, music, and especially, Mexican food!
We, here at Sunflower, are foodies. So we have put together a list of five foods to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy!
You knew that was coming, right? It's easy, it's healthy, and it tastes amazing. How can you go wrong with guacamole? The answer is, you can't. This year, when your friends come over - the mariachi music is playing, the decorations are up - the first thing they will do when they step inside your home is look for the guacamole bowl. Here are a few guac recipes that won't disappoint:
2. Pico de Gallo
Next up, Pico de Gallo. If you're looking for something fresh and zesty, this is the stuff for you. Like salsa, but even cleaner, pico makes a wonderful match for tortilla chips. Looking for something even more flavorful? Mix this pico with your guac and WOW! Try one of these recipes for a healthy appetizer or meal topping:
Quesadillas are super versatile. They can be really easy, made with just tortillas, cheese, and a little oil, or they can be a complex flavor with a pleasing texture when you include farm raised meats, rice and beans, or veggies galore! For a Cinco de Mayo party you could even set up a Make-Your-Own Quesadilla bar with tons of different toppings to suit everyone's preferences (and make the cooking a lot easier for you)! Here are a couple of ideas:
4. Rice & Beans
Rice and beans are the best. They are filling, can be seasoned a lot of different ways, and together they make a complete protein - perfect for anyone avoiding meat! In my household we eat a rice and bean dish at least twice a week. I like to think of rice and beans as the Batman and Robin of the food world; they make a great team and can quickly save the day. Here's a blog post with five variations of rice & beans:
5. Chia Fresca
After all of those yummy appetizers and a filling meal of quesadillas and rice and beans, you'll need something fresh and simple to end the night, won't you? In Mexico, chia seeds are often stirred into fruity drinks to give them a unique texture and lots of added health benefits. Chia seeds have amazing amounts of protein, fiber and Omega-3s so they are a great addition to any diet. I guess a chia fresca isn't a food so much as a drink, but it was too good to keep off the list. Try one (or all!) of these chia fresca recipes and see which one you like the best:
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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* Post by Julia Berry