Alternatives to Abuela’s Recipes: Healthy Twists on Latin American Dishes


The beauty of the Latino culture — and, indeed, the cuisine — is that it has flavors like no other culture in this world. Unfortunately, that flavor sometimes comes at a high price: fat, cholesterol, and sodium are all the deadly by-products of no-no ingredients that, over time, can lead to food-related illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice good taste to get good food that’s also good for you! These simple, yet healthy, tips for nuestra comida have all of the taste with none of the nasty stuff. The next time you want to prepare some of your favorites, consider this healthy twist on a pastelón.

Switch Out Your Protein

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If you want to make a meat-based empanada or taco, consider a lean protein alternative. In other words, forego anything made with pork or fatty beef; consider, instead, some lean chicken, turkey, or a vegetarian alternative like black beans and rice, or sofrita.

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