Happy New Year 2019! Is it time for healthy food again? Lol. Healthy Latin Inspired Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less! may provide a little inspiration (and a lot of Latin flair) to get you headed in the right direction!
You may notice how well-represented shrimp is in this collection? Well, shrimp is one of the most quick and easy protein options!
It’s healthy, delicious, and cooks in minutes. In fact, the most difficult aspect of cooking shrimp is not over-cooking shrimp… Avoiding rubbery shrimp requires your attention, and only a few minutes.
Mexican-Style Shrimp Scampi ♥ Muy Bueno Cookbook
In this recipe, I wanted classic shrimp scampi flavors, but with a Mexican twist. Traditional shrimp scampi is deglazed with dry white wine, but instead of white wine, I spiked with tequila (of course). To freshen up the dish, I added fresh cilantro, and for a mild kick, I added diced jalapeños.
Mexican Arroz con Camarones (Rice and Shrimp) ♥ Beyond Mere Sustenance
A fiesta in bowl, Mexican Arroz con Camarones combines Mexican flavors – cilantro, cumin, and garlic – with shrimp, rice, black beans, and veggies. Garnished with avocado, jalapeño, more cilantro, and lime wedges, it’s quick, healthy, and flavorful… Ready in 30 minutes!
Camarones Guisados (Puerto Rican Stewed Shrimp) ♥ Kitchen Gidget
Succulent shrimp stewed in a Puerto Rican-style tomato sauce. Loaded with garlic, onions and plenty of fresh cilantro. No sofrito needed! Serve over a bed of rice or with crusty bread for soaking up every last drop!
Camarones Rancheros (Mexican Shrimp) ♥ Mamá Maggie’s Kitchen
Camarones Rancheros, or Ranch-Style Shrimp, is an easy Mexican recipe loaded with flavor, and lots of fresh ingredients like tomatoes, jalapeños, and cilantro!
Fish is always a quick and healthy option as well. Don’t feel you have to stay with tilapia with Pan-Fried Tilapia with Citrus, Mango, and Avocado Salad. I have found barramundi, red snapper, and cod to be stellar substitutions. If you’re interested in sustainability, be sure to check Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.
Pan-Fried Tilapia with Citrus, Mango, and Avocado Salad ♥ Muy Bueno Cookbook
This recipe is quick and easy to make. The flavor is delicate yet complex enough to entice the palate. The citrus, mango, and avocado salsa pairs well with the simply prepared tilapia, making it a memorable and healthy meal.
Ground meat (or mince) is always a great option for quick meals, and can be lean as well. My Healthy Picadillo (Cuban Style) calls for ground chicken, but you can use turkey or lean ground beef or pork as well. The Peruvian Beef Noodle Soup (Sopa Criolla) specifies ground beef. I have used (and loved) ground bison. Elk would be excellent as well!
Healthy Picadillo (Cuban Style) ♥ Beyond Mere Sustenance
A healthy picadillo with the vibrant flavors of Cuba – garlic, onion, bell pepper, oregano, cumin, and bay – in a healthy, well-balanced dish… Healthy Picadillo (Cuban Style) can be on your dinner table in 30 minutes!
Peruvian Beef Noodle Soup (Sopa Criolla) ♥ Beyond Mere Sustenance
Hearty, healthy, hot soup is a fantastic way to chase away the winter cold! Peruvian Beef Noodle Soup (Sopa Criolla) with lean beef (ground or diced), angel hair pasta, and the tantalizing, subtle heat of aji panca is pure Peruvian comfort food and ready in half an hour!
Have you tried using a rotisserie chicken as a shortcut for weeknight dinners? They’re a great (and healthy) option when time is short! These yummy tacos can be ready in less than 30 minutes – 15!
Easy Garlic Lime Chicken Tacos with Lime Crema ♥ Cook with Me Darling
Easy tacos made using rotisserie chicken tossed in fresh herbs and spices, and dressed with lime crema!
As a supporter of the #meatlessmonday movement, I do my best to include vegetarian or vegan options. As long as the dish includes a good amount of protein, I’m all “in.” Of course black beans qualify, and the Latin flavors make these 2 dishes anything but bland! Both can be on your table in 30 minutes or less…
The Best Black Bean Burger ♥ We’re Parents
This healthy black bean burger may not permanently replace beef burgers in your repertoire, but the spicy, flavorful ingredients are perfect for #meatlessmonday!
Vegetarian Tostadas with Black Beans and Nopalitos ♥ Beyond Mere Sustenance
Oven-baked tortillas topped with creamy refried black beans, spicy nopalitos and caramelized onions, salsa verde, sliced avocado, and crumbled cotija… Vegetarian Tostadas with Black Beans and Nopalitos are a favorite easy and nutritious meal any time of day!
Does this collection inspire you? Cooking healthy meals in 30 minutes or less is an attainable and realistic goal in the New Year.
Here’s to an amazing 2019! May your year be filled with (healthy Latin Inspired recipes) food, fun, family, and favorite things…
P.S. Looking for a Latin-Inspired Cocktail to serve alongside?
- Tequila Cocktail with Blood Orange and Pomegranate
- Salsa Sunset: A Savory Margarita
- An Exotic Tropical Margarita
- Mexican Manhattan or South-O-the-Border Sidecar?