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Mexican Christmas Recipes

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Lots of time and preparation goes into a traditional Mexican holiday meal. Many of the special dishes, namely tamales, require lots of time but have such wonderful results! If you are planning a traditional Mexican feast for Christmas, here are a few ideas of dishes that will fit the bill. The ever popular tamale, with its savory meat filling and masa and lard breading may not be a low calorie star, but enjoy one and then fill up on other low calorie options.

1. Atole

Atole makes a hearty and warm drink for any chilly Christmas day. It is made from blending masa harina with warm water, and adding a bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. The thick drink often is also topped with purred fruit, becoming really much like warm cereal that is eaten here in the states.

2. Rosca de Reyes

Rosca de Reyes, or three kings bread, is a popular holiday feast item in Mexican cuisine. It is baked into the shape of a ring, and a small figurine of Jesus is baked into the bread. The whereabouts of the figurine is unknown until somebody takes a bite of their bread and finds it! They then have to provide the tamales for the next party.

3. Posole

Posole is a soup that is often served after midnight mass and therefor on Christmas day. The soup consists of pork loin (use pork tenderloin for even more calorie savings) sauteed with onions and garlic which are then simmered with hominy, green chilles, and other spices to create a flavorful and hearty soup. The only fat in the recipe comes from the small amount of oil used to sautee the meat and onions and garlic and the pork loin. That is why choosing a lean pork tenderloin will help to really keep this dish low in calories for you Mexican Christmas feast.

4. Champurrado

Champurrado is another festive Mexican drink that can be served up during the holidays. It makes a chilly morning seem quite warm and inviting when you sip away at a warm mug of champurrado. It could also be called Mexican hot chocolate as this is basically what it boils down to.
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