The South Beach Diet may be slimming and clean, but many traditional Miami eats aren’t so healthy. Miami cuisine, with its strong Cuban influence, features lots of pork, breads, and fried foods. Think of the classic Cubano sandwich—fatty salami, salty pork, and layers of cheese on white bread that’s slathered in butter and grilled. Divine? Yes. Healthy? No.
The trick is to capitalize on Miami’s input from Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Central and South America, and focus on cleaner ingredients in these cuisines—tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, beans, rice, and seafood. Then slim down traditional recipes by halving the oil, marinating and grilling instead of frying, and swapping in healthier meats or vegan options, which is what we’ve done in this cleaned-up version of traditional mofongo.
View our Vegan Mofongo recipe.