I was (again!) craving Mexican, so I stopped by a local taco shop (La Posta) on the way home from work to pick up some dinner. I scanned the menu for a healthy option, and this is what I decided to get. I wanted to show you all that it IS possible to make nutritious choices at Mexican restaurants.
Looks delicious, no? Here are the health benefits from this light and satisfying dish:
- Avocado (guacamole): fiber, magnesium, folate, and Vitamin E
- Red Meat (carne asada): protein, B vitamins, iron
- Cheese (and sour cream): calcium, protein
- Potatoes (lightly deep-fried for flavor): fiber, Vitamin C, counts as a vegetable
- Hot sauce: speeds metabolism, spices are loaded with antioxidants
(Like you didn’t see that one coming.)
This, my friends, is a local delicacy known as carne asada fries. As I hinted at above, this “heart attack on a plate” is a platter filled with French fries topped with “grilled” beef, cheese, guacamole, and sour cream to top it all off.
This is not to be confused with a California burrito, which is carne asada, salsa, guacamole, and French fries wrapped in a tortilla. (I’ve never had a Cali burrito, but I did get a falafel wrap with fries in it when I was in Israel, so I can’t hate on it too much.)
And of course, I didn’t have this for dinner. My dinner wasn’t exactly healthy either (rolled tacos with guacamole, baked chips and salsa, and a cup of yesterday’s soup), but it was nothing compared to this. Mitch happens to be an April Fool’s baby, and this was his requested birthday meal. When I get this for him, I watch behind the window as they make it, and I usually get a little nauseous thinking about him (or anyone) devouring the entire thing. But Mitch loves it. He only gets this about twice a year (which is probably 1.75 times too much), and while I fear for his arteries, he sure is a cheap birthday date and I can’t complain about that!
Regularly scheduled healthy eating/cooking will resume in the next post. I’m picking up my CSA vegetables tomorrow, so I’ll be doing the next installment of Seasonal Selections about one of the fruits/vegetables I receive!