12 Recipes From the May 2022 Issue of Real Simple

Cookbook author Rick Martinez gives some of his favorite Mexican dishes a plant-powered twist—plus more delicious recipes from the latest issue.

REAL SIMPLE - May 2022 - Food Feature: Modern Mexican - Eggplant Torta Milanese
Photo: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist Christine Keely

Sweet Stuff

Shortcut Palmiers
Caitlin Bensel

Shortcut Palmiers

Make this simple, crispy pastry at home with three ingredients and one supermarket shortcut. Get the recipe.

Savory, Smoky, Tangy, Bright: Plant-Powered Mexican

Eggplant Torta Milanese
Victor Protasio

Eggplant Torta Milanese


Crispy slices of fried eggplant and mild, creamy Oaxaca cheese make this satisfying sandwich totally crave-worthy. Get the recipe.

Elote with mole Verde
Victor Protasio

Elote With Mole Verde

A bright, tangy tomatillo sauce amps up classic Mexican street corn. Get the recipe.

Papaya and Jicama Agachile
Victor Protasio

Papaya and Jicama Aguachile

A refreshing Mexican classic goes vegetarian and makes for a perfect starter or light meal. Get the recipe.

Radish Chicarrones
Victor Protasio

Radish Chicharrones

This vegetarian take on chicharrónes is fresh, zesty, and full of flavor. Get the recipe.

Cauliflower Tacos al Pastor
Victor Protasio

Cauliflower Tacos al Pastor

These vegetarian tacos pack all the savory, smoky flavor and pineapple tang of the traditional classic. Get the recipe.

Tofu Asada with Caramelized Refried Beans
Victor Protasio

Tofu Asada With Caramelized Onion Refried Beans

Tofu is the perfect canvas for a bold spice blend, and even better, it grills up in a flash. Get the recipe.

5 Easy Dinners

Five-Spice Steak with Couscous
Caitlin Bensel

Five-Spice Steak With Couscous

This well-rounded steak dinner is easy enough for a weeknight. Get the recipe.

Swiss Chard Mac and Cheese
Caitlin Bensel

Swiss Chard Mac and Cheese

Everyone should have a skillet mac and cheese in their repertoire, and this one happens to be loaded with greens! Get the recipe.

Pesto Egg Toast
Caitlin Bensel

Pesto Egg Salad Toasts

A simple stir-together pesto brings new life to beloved egg salad. Get the recipe.

Mango Chicken Curry
Caitlin Bensel

Mango Chicken Curry

Fresh mango takes this weeknight chicken curry to another level of deliciousness in only 30 minutes. Get the recipe.

Sheet Pan Fish and Chips
Caitlin Bensel

Sheet Pan Fish and Chips

This sheet-pan version of the British pub stable is easy enough for a weeknight dinner. Get the recipe.

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