Saturday is Cinco de Mayo, a day celebrated not only in Mexico, but throughout the US as well. Many people wrongly believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, when in fact, it is a celebration of Mexico's triumph over French occupation. The United States strongly supported the Mexican government’s resistance to the French occupation and the people of Mexico never forgot this. In gratitude, thousands of Mexicans crossed the border after the attack on Pearl Harbor to join the U.S. Armed Forces. As recently as the Persian Gulf War, Mexicans flooded American consulates with phone calls, trying to join in and help fight with the U.S.
While many are unaware of the true meaning behind the May 5th holiday, people everywhere sure love to celebrate it, usually with Mexican (or a variation of) food and beer, and often with friends! This Saturday, try your hand at some of these delicious, often unique, healthy versions of Mexican (or a variation of) fare. Your family, friends, guests, you...whoever...are sure to be impressed! Please also take some time to reflect on what we are all celebrating. Esperamos que disfruteestas recetas ytener una celebraciónsegura y saludable!