A Healthy Mexican Meal
If you’re looking for a festive Mexican-inspired way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this week, why not prepare a dish South Beach Diet-style? Using popular Mexican ingredients, such as cilantro, fresh lime juice, and avocado, this appetizing recipe makes a healthy and flavorful meal served with a side salad (try jícama and radishes).
South-of-the-Border Salmon Burgers (Phase 1)
Salmon’s rich meat is perfect for making tasty, well-formed patties. Chili powder, cumin, lime, and cilantro create a Tex-Mex flavor here. For a Greek variation, try chopped fresh oregano, thyme, minced onion, and garlic. For Phase 2, serve the burgers in whole-wheat pitas.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Makes 4 servings
1 pound salmon fillet, skin removed, fish cut into 1" chunks
2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (8-ounce) head romaine, shredded (4 cups)
1 medium avocado, cubed
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
In a food processor, combine salmon, 2 teaspoons of the sour cream, mustard, chili powder, cumin, 1/8 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; pulse just until mixture comes together, 15 to 20 seconds. Form mixture into 4 patties, about 3/4" thick.
Lightly coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray and heat to medium-high. Grill patties until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
While patties are cooking, in a large bowl combine lettuce, avocado, oil, 1 teaspoon of the lime juice, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Season with black pepper to taste.
In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 1/4 cup sour cream, remaining 1 teaspoon lime juice, cilantro, and cayenne.
Divide salad among 4 plates and place a burger alongside. Top each burger with a dollop of cilantro sour cream and serve.
23 g fat (5 g sat)
6 g carbohydrate
25 g protein
3 g fiber
260 mg sodium
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