When we were in Thailand (I know, I need to fill you in!) we fell into a consistent schedule of breakfast–>beach–>lunch–>pool–>snack–>sunset-at-beach bar–>shower–>dinner. Notice a theme there? Lots of food. It was totally my kind of vacation. And while I absolutely loved the fresh shrimp salads I ate on a daily basis (usually during the snack portion of the day) I was really craving/wanting avocados. Precisely chips and guacamole.

I was hardly in a place to complain, so I didn’t. (Ok, maybe like once.)

But when we came back to LA, I was allllll about the Mexican food. And avocados of course, but that’s standard. I’ve been researching chilaquiles, I’ve been researching burritos and I’ve been craving the old-school tortillas + refried beans + cheese that my old roommate and I used to eat all the time. Note: “researching” in my world means I’ve been eating a lot of the aforementioned foods and you’ll probably hear about them soon. 

So naturally, the combination of cinco de mayo recipes everywhere + my current food focus means I’ve been drooling over pretty much everything on the internet right now. I wanted to share some of my favorites – both light and… not-so-light.

Cinco de Mayo Inspiration | A Nutritionist Eats

Sip: Any good cinco de mayo celebration includes margaritas and I love this one because it’s made with all fresh ingredients. It’s been deemed the “best margarita you’ll ever have” and bonus – it’s less than 200 calories per drink. ¡Salud! Recipe and image via Cookie & Kate.

Guacamole Bar | A Nutritionist Eats

Spread: Guacamole bar. This is a really old post (sorry!) of mine, but a really fun – and delicious – idea that allows everyone to personalize their own guacamole. And…bacon!

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Simple: Mollettes are SO simple, but satisfying and delicious nonetheless. Especially perfect if you’re feeding a crowd or picky people.

Cinco de Mayo Inspiration | A Nutritionist Eats

Sea: Fish tacos are kind of mandatory in my book and these Spicy Fish Taco Bowls fit the criteria perfectly. (And I can pretty much guarantee this version will be much easier to eat.) Image and recipe via Pinch of Yum.

Cinco de Mayo Inspiration | A Nutritionist Eats

Splurge: Tijuana Fries don’t really need much of an explanation. Ok, I’ll give you the short version: chipotle carnitas + salsa + queso +avocado topped fries. It’s a lengthy recipe (everything is made from scratch) but I can bet that the results are worth the effort. (And the GIF is amazing!) Recipe and image via Half Baked Harvest.

Cinco de Mayo Inspiration | A Nutritionist Eats

Sweet: Finish off your celebration with light and flavorful Mango-Lime Ice. Churros are no doubt delicious, but this will hit the spot. Recipe and image via Epicurious.

Cinco de Mayo Inspiration | A Nutritionist Eats

Soooooo cute: these diy mini cactus piñatas make me want to have a party and do crafts. And I’m not even a crafty person. Image via Oh Happy Day

Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year? I want to live vicariously through you…

 

Red Onion Marmalade Crostini | A Nutritionist Eats

red onion marmalade crostini

  I absolutely love taking cooking classes. (Reasons to Take a Cooking Class) It totally reenergizes me in the kitchen and gets me to think about food in a new, creative way. I wish I could take them on a weekly basis! Of course, the items on the menu are the highlight but I always

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Green Goddess Dressing | A Nutritionist Eats

shrimp cocktail with green goddess dressing

If you could eat a meal (or have a drink) with anyone, who would it be? I usually pick Anthony Bourdain because, well, I’m slightly obsessed with him. But on the rare occasions that I catch Barefoot Contessa (Ina’s show on the food network), I always think,  I’d love to attend one of her cocktail

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Guinness Lamb Stew | A Nutritionist Eats

guinness lamb stew

St. Patrick’s Day recipes aren’t complete without some Guinness, am I right? And it turns out to be a pretty versatile ingredient, as evidenced by desserts like Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. My Guinness recipe – Guinness lamb stew – came from a hybrid of lamb stew and shepards pie. Ground lamb is combined with a few

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Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette | A Nutritionist Eats

haricot verts with shallot vinaigrette

I know I should probably say that kale or swiss chard or something with an insane amount of antioxidants is my favorite vegetable but if I had to name a favorite – and only one favorite vegetable – it would be haricot verts. (And not green beans, haricot verts.) If you aren’t familiar with haricot

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caesar9final

classic caesar salad dressing

Let’s start off 2014 with a salad (and kale!), shall we? Lately I’ve been all about making food the way it was intended. Cookies? Need white flour and white sugar. Mushroom lasagna? Requires homemade béchamel. And caesar salad? A dressing with egg yolks* and anchovies. (Kale is always allowed in my world.) Real caesar salad dressing must

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appetizers

simple & sophisticated appetizers

Appetizers are, by far, my favorite thing in the world. If I invite you over? We’re having lots of appetizers. (I think I’ve only hosted two actual sit-down dinners). If I offer to bring something over to you? It’s always appetizers. When I eat out, I always choose appetizers over dessert. And often, I order

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