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…)
Mexican Fiesta Menu
A zesty yet healthy meal that fits many special diets: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free
Other Mexican recipe ideas…
Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa and Homemade Tortilla Chips
Loaded Huevos Rancheros Tacos
Black Bean Tacos with Radish Salsa and Feta
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas
And for dessert…
Make a Google Play, Pandora, or Spotify station based on (and listen to):
El Rey Tiburon by Maná
Salomé by Chayenne
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.