Mexican Fiesta Menu (Party in the Kitchen)

In Lifestyle/ Meal Planning

This post is the second in a series on integrating healthy cooking into your lifestyle. Here’s our main thesis: healthy eating should be fun and easy to incorporate in everyday life. One of the most effective ways we’ve found is cooking with friends as entertainment.

And what’s more fun than a Mexican-themed party? In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we set out to create a Mexican fiesta with our dear friend Dan. He’s one of those friends that’s more like a brother; he’s a doctor and we often cook dinner together and dream about ways to change the world through food and health. He also loves to dance, which is essential in the kitchen (see below).

We shot these photos with the goal of capturing the pure joy of being in the kitchen. All the photos are “unscripted” and represent the time we spent making this meal: no staging or photoshopping. Not much makes Alex and me happier than cranking up the music, chopping some vegetables, and ending up with a delicious and healthy meal. Below the photos, you’ll find the menu for the meal, other recipes, and some music options. (And a few of my salsa moves…)

A Couple Cooks | Party in the Ktichen

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu

Chipotle Black Bean Lettuce Wraps served with
Guacamole & Mango Salsa

Homemade Tortilla Chips

A zesty yet healthy meal that fits many special diets: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free
Serves 4

Other Mexican recipe ideas…

Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa and Homemade Tortilla Chips
Loaded Huevos Rancheros Tacos
Lentil Tacos
Mexican Lasagna
Mexican Pizza
Black Bean Tacos with Radish Salsa and Feta
Enchilada Skillet
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

And for dessert…

Margarita Tarts
Chocolate Chili Tofu Pudding

To listen
Make a Google Play, Pandora, or Spotify station based on (and listen to):

El Rey Tiburon by Maná
Salomé by Chayenne
Other recommendations?

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Erica
    May 4, 2015 at 7:13 am

    That apron is the cutest!! And I love your kitchen, it’s so bright and open. This fiesta menu looks insanely good, and I looked at that margarita tart and I’m dying to make them for my friends, they would love that. Enjoy the beautiful Indy weather this week, apparently it’s supposed to be 80 degrees!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    May 4, 2015 at 7:29 am

    You’re definitely on to something showing how to integrate healthy cooking into any lifestyle. Love this menu and loved seeing your salsa moves. ;-) It happens to be my personal favorite style to dance to myself.

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    Kathryn
    May 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Totally the best gif ever. Sonja, your salsa moves are insane. Plus there’s nothing more that I want in my life right now than a Mexican fiesta. I’m coming over next time ;)

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    Ashley
    May 4, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Adorable!!!! What a fun + pretty post! That GIF is the best.

  • Reply
    Kate
    May 5, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Now that’s a gif! Love this, you guys!

  • Reply
    Terry Covington
    May 5, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Love the dancing! And if I were 15 years younger I’d ask Dan out on a date! (Unless he’s taken.) You guys are inspiring me to change my food lifestyle. Thank you.

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