Cinco de Mayo originated as a Mexican holiday to celebrate their victory over the French at Puebla. These days it is celebrated all over the Americas and is a great excuse to eat delicious Latin inspired foods. Here at Cook for Your LIFE we’re no different. We’re joining in the party on the healthy side with Mexican elote, meatballs, tortilla soup and a delicious bacala style fish stew! Look and learn!

Turkey meatballs

Everyone loves meatballs no matter where you live! They’re great in pasta, wonderful adorning a hero, or simply delicious eaten off a toothpick as an appetizer or a snack. These turkey meatballs are really good. The herbs and caramelized veggies add so much flavor you won’t miss the beef one bit. And once cooked they freeze well, so if you can’t use the whole batch, freeze what’s left. When you’re looking to brighten up one of those down days when your energy’s low with something good to eat that can please the whole family, reach into the freezer. These are it.

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup was something I’d never eaten before I came to live in the US, and it turned out to be a pretty major New World discovery for me when I did. This vegetarian tortilla soup is an all-veggie version of the classic that is simply delicious. It’s light and fresh tasting, yet totally satisfying to eat. You certainly won’t miss the meat.

Quick Fish Stew

Fish is a great lean protein for a healthy survivorship. Fish is so very good for us and this quick fish stew is great for beginners to fish cookery because it is pretty much fool proof. This easy stew is based on a recipe that a Colombian friend gave to me. It is a favorite at our classes simply because it’s easy to make and delicious to eat! The stew base can be frozen too for a quick week night dinner. Look and learn.


Elote is one of my favorite summer BBQ treats! Caramelized grilled corn, is slathered with a sauce made from Mexican crema, then sprinkled with cotija cheese and cilantro. Butter may be good, but I cannot tell you how just how delicious this is! Treat your taste buds! Enjoy!