15 Latin Dishes to Help You on Your Weight-Loss Journey
When it comes to weight loss, it's hard to come up with a variety of low-calorie and high-protein options to cook at home. Toss in more challenges, such as family members with certain allergies or restrictions like being vegan or vegetarian, and it's easy to get overwhelmed or fall into a rut. Luckily, we've got you covered if you're looking for some newfound inspiration in the kitchen. Here are 15 Latin-inspired options for healthy dishes, including salads, soups, and healthier versions of some favorite casseroles. We can hear your stomach growling already.
Summer Carbonara With Corn and Chiles
This version of a normally rich and comforting pasta dish is made healthier by adding veggies like corn and bell pepper to the mix.
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Cauliflower Rice Fajita Burritos
Substituting cauliflower rice for the regular kind is a great way to reduce the calories in your burritos.
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Spicy Blueberry Jicama Salad
Spicing up a fruit-based salad is a great way to amp up the flavor without blowing up the calorie tally.
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Chimichurri Cucumber Noodles
Spiralized cucumber noodles are a great low-calorie alternative to pasta for a fresh, cool dish like these chimichurri noodles.
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Avocado, Black Bean, and Corn Salad
Adding ingredients like corn and black beans is sure to get you excited about eating a new, healthy salad.
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Quesadillas have a bad reputation for being cheese-loaded calorie bombs, but this version, which incorporates beans, salsa, and mango, is quite the opposite.
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Mexican Zucchini Lasagna
Lasagna is one of those beloved comfort foods that can be hard to refuse when you're trying to cut back on calories. We promise this zucchini-packed version is still very satisfying.
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Who could say no to a flavorful plate of ceviche? These healthy tacos are perfectly light and refreshing.
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This flavor-packed taco casserole doesn't skimp on the crunch. The low-calorie flatbreads with flax (which are subbed in for chips) will make you forget this dish is actually healthy.
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Vegan Chili Con Carne
Chili is a fan favorite in the Fall and Winter months, but the usual meat, cheese, and sour cream can easily pack on the fat and calories. This vegan meatless version eliminates those ingredients but still comes loaded with flavor.
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Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Eggs
Getting an adequate amount of protein is a must for anyone seeking to lose weight, and eggs are a great way to do so. These sweet potato egg cups are a flavorful way to get your fix at any time of day.
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Vegan Southwest Shredded Jackfruit Salad
This salad is typically made with pulled pork, but you might be surprised to find that subbing jackfruit adds in similar flavor and texture.
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Black Bean Turkey Nachos With Jalapeño Yogurt
For many people, lives are simply incomplete without nachos, no matter how unhealthy they may be. This version includes healthy ingredients like black beans and avocado, but the jalapeño yogurt, with its indulgent creaminess, is what will make you love it.
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Healthy Turkey Taco Chili
Thanks to lean turkey instead of ground beef, this chili recipe is high in protein and low in fat. It's also gluten-free, a bonus for those with sensitivities.
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Cuban Sweet Potato Picadillo Bowls
Another vegan and gluten-free option, this bowl is the perfect combination of sweet and savory, with ingredients like sweet potatoes, chickpeas, raisins, and spices.
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