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Happy Friday! Today, I wanted to include this healthy and delicious recipe from Fox News Latino that is easy to make, and requires relatively few ingredients. With 1.5 grahams of fiber in one small serving, corn tortillas are a healthy source of fiber. Fiber is essential for many aspects of your health, particularly digestive health. It’s essential for your body in order to digest foods, transport nutrients and eliminate waste. Fiber may also help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight through portion control (it encourages a feeling of fullness.)

The other ingredient in this recipe that encourages overall health is garlic which, in studies have been shown to protect against various cancers, including breast, prostate and colon.

Ingredients:
– 3 cups shredded chicken
– 4 oz. grated salsa jack cheese or preference
– Garlic sauce (use 75%)
– 12 corn tortillas
– 1 fresh tomato, diced
– Crema Mexicana or sour cream
– Chives (optional)

Garlic Sauce Ingredients:
– 
8 cloves garlic, chopped
– 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
– juice of one lime
– 2 tablespoons white vinegar
– 1/2 cup olive oil
– Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Pour most of the sauce over chicken and mix well.  Leave some sauce for dipping corn tortillas
2. Mix in shredded cheese.
3. Lightly spray a 12 cup cupcake pan with olive oil.  Position corn tortilla in the center of each cup and scoop a heaping tablespoon of chicken mixture inside cup.  Place in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until tortillas are lightly browned.
4. Pour about a tablespoon of crema Mexicana.
5. Snip chives over tostada cup and add diced tomatoes.

To make garlic sauce:
1. Place the garlic, cilantro leaves, lime juice, and white vinegar in a blender or food processor and puree.
2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan until hot.  Remove pan from heat. Pour the garlic and cilantro mixture into the hot oil and whisking briskly for about a minute.

Makes 12 tostada cups.

Elizabeth Carrion, a Dominican, co-founded Mi Cocina, a New Jersey-based catering service that also offers cooking classes, with her sister, Ana Martinez.

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