Cookbook author Rick Martinez gives some of his favorite Mexican dishes a plant-powered twist—and more delicious recipes from the latest issue.
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REAL SIMPLE - May 2022 - Food Feature: Modern Mexican - Eggplant Torta Milanese
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Shortcut Palmiers
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Shortcut Palmiers

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

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

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Eggplant Torta Milanese
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Eggplant Torta Milanese

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

Elote with mole Verde
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Elote With Mole Verde

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

Papaya and Jicama Agachile
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Papaya and Jicama Aguachile

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

Radish Chicarrones
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Radish Chicharrones

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

Cauliflower Tacos al Pastor
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Cauliflower Tacos al Pastor

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

Tofu Asada with Caramelized Refried Beans
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Tofu Asada With Caramelized Onion Refried Beans

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

5 Easy Dinners

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Five-Spice Steak with Couscous
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Five-Spice Steak With Couscous

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A well-rounded steak dinner easy enough for a weeknight.  

Swiss Chard Mac and Cheese
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Swiss Chard Mac and Cheese

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

Pesto Egg Toast
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Pesto Egg Salad Toasts

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

Mango Chicken Curry
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Mango Chicken Curry

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

Sheet Pan Fish and Chips
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Sheet Pan Fish and Chips

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