Chilis are just one of the flavorful ingredients in healthy Mexican food.

Learn How to Cook Healthy Mexican Food for Hispanic Heritage Month

This fall, from September 15th to October 15th, American will be celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have contributed to, enriched and significantly influenced our nation, culture and society.

So on Wednesday, September 12th the Thrive Kitchen is teaching a class on healthy Mexican cooking, featuring a vegetarian taco bar!

We’ll be preparing a menu of creative, fresh and flavorful versions of a taco bar, with fresh salsas and other toppings. Garnishes are a good way to make vegetarian tacos vibrant, so we will also be making salsas. We will also be learning some simple techniques to make Mexican dishes fresher, lighter and healthier. These include:

  • increase the proportion of vegetables to at least half
  • decrease the sugar
  • use less oil
  • swap brown rice for white rice

Advance registration is required and we’re taking sign-ups now. Thrive Kitchen classes are $30 Kaiser members, $40 for non-members. Email or call 415-833-3450.

Thrive Kitchen classes are held once a month at the Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay Medical Offices, 1600 Owens St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The emphasis is on hands-on practice in healthy cooking techniques. And you will have the chance to enjoy a delicious meal made from scratch.

For more information on Thrive Kitchen or Dr. Linda Shiue, MD, visit my Facebook page The Doctor’s Spicebox or my blog, SpiceboxTravels. 

Linda Shiue, MD, is a primary care doctor and professionally trained chef who believes that the best medicine is prevention, based upon a healthy lifestyle. As Director of Culinary Medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, she is developing a teaching kitchen to empower patients with a new set of skills and knowledge to improve their health and wellness--nutrition applied through cooking skills. Classes are offered through the Health Education Department at (415) 833-3450. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Shiue offers cooking demonstrations and hands-on workshops in which students learn to prepare seasonal produce lavishly flavored with spices and fresh herbs. Her food writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Remedy Quarterly, Salon, Culinate, and online editions of The New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine. She also has her own website,