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Meatless Monday: Blue Corn Mushroom Quesadillas

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

One of my favorite go-to quick meals is a quesadilla. They’re so easy and versatile, I rarely use a recipe. I just throw in leftovers or whatever sounds good at the time. But when I came across Chuck’s blue corn mushroom and cheese quesadillas, I knew I had to give the recipe a whirl.

The flavor combination in this dish is perfect. Mushrooms take on a nice heat from the jalapenos and provide satisfying heartiness to each bite. Creamy queso fresco provides cool balance to the spiciness. You can easily use store-bought tortillas here, but if you can find the ingredients, I strongly suggest making your own. They’re easy to assemble, and homemade is always better.

Blue Corn Mushroom and Cheese Quesadillas

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Lighten up Your Mexican Fiesta

Cinco de Mayo is almost here! Celebrating it at a Mexican restaurant doesn’t have to derail your diet. If Mexican food makes you think of tons of cheese and calories, you need to read this cheater’s guide to a lighter Mexican fiesta.

Watch out for: the basket of chips
Problem: You arrive at the restaurant hungry and can scarf down several hundred calories worth of chips before you even place your order.
Solution: If you have the self-restraint, you could simply ask your server not to serve you chips, but that’s not much fun. Instead, transfer a few chips to a plate or napkin and eat those to keep your portion in check (every chip is about 12 calories). If you’re looking for an alternative appetizer to chips and guac, go for black bean soup (high in fiber) or ceviche (low in calories!).

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