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Cover Art for Naturally Healthy Mexican Cooking by Jim PeytonNaturally Healthy Mexican Cooking

Authentic Recipes for Dieters, Diabetics, and All Food Lovers
(Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture)

by Jim Peyton
Publish Date : October 2014
Publisher : University of Texas Press

From the author's blog - Book Release Announcement


Just about everyone loves Mexican food, but should you eat it if you want to manage your weight or diabetes? Yes, absolutely! There are literally hundreds of authentic Mexican dishes that are naturally healthy — moderate in calories, fat, and sugar — and completely delectable. In Naturally Healthy Mexican Cooking, Jim Peyton presents some two hundred recipes that have exceptional nutrition profiles, are easy to prepare, and, most important of all, taste delicious.

Peyton starts from the premise that for any diet to work, you have to enjoy the food you're eating. Substitutions that alter the taste and pleasure of food, such as nonfat yogurt for mayonnaise, have no place here. Instead, you'll find tasty, highly nutritious, low-calorie dishes from the various schools of Mexican and Mexican American cooking in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. From traditional meat, seafood, and vegetarian entrees and antojitos mexicanos, including tacos, enchiladas, and tamales, to upscale alta cocina mexicana such as shrimp ceviche and mango salsa, these recipes are authentic, simple for home cooks to prepare with supermarket ingredients, flavorful, and fully satisfying in moderate portions. Every recipe includes nutritional analysis — calories, protein, carbs, fat, cholesterol, fiber, sugar, and sodium. In addition to the recipes, Peyton offers helpful information on diet and healthy eating, Mexican cooking and nutrition, ingredients, cooking techniques, and cooking equipment.

Try the recipes in Naturally Healthy Mexican Cooking, and you'll discover that comfort food can be both delicious and good for you. ¡Buen provecho!


"We need more healthy interpretations of Mexican cuisine like Jim Peyton’s wonderful cookbook! Other cookbooks with healthy Mexican recipes haven’t been able to reduce calories and [still] retain flavor profiles. These recipes are easy, flavorful, and healthy." ~ Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva, author of seven cookbooks, including The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook: 150 Healthy, Delicious Recipes for Diabetics and Those Who Dine With Them

"My family is very familiar with many of these recipes, having cooked them for our families, as well as our customers, for over forty years. They truly represent the heritage and culture of our ancestors... Anyone from the family cook to a nutritionist will be able to use and enjoy this book." ~ Diana Barrios Treviño, owner of Los Barrios restaurant and author of Los Barrios Family Cookbook: Tex-Mex Recipes from the Heart of San Antonio

“This clearly-laid-out cookbook is perfect for those who don’t want to sacrifice taste for healthy choices – or vice versa.” ~ Forward magazine

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