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      Get creative when cooking up a fiesta

      Cinco de Mayo is only a few weeks away. What are you favorite Mexican dishes?

      The Mexican-American food we've come to love is usually fried and heavy, but it doesn't have to be.

      A lot of the Mexican food you find at chain restaurants are cooked in oil or stacked with fatty ingredients, but traditional Mexican cuisine is a little lighter.

      "The traditional food is natural," Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes said.

      Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes immigrated to America from Mexico 25-years-ago.

      "I remember when my family didn't have a fridge and my mother and grandmother had to go to the market everyday," he said.

      Since there wasn't anywhere to store food, it was bought fresh and cooked daily.

      You can make fresh Mexican food by using some of the most common ingredients like cilantro, tomatoes, onions, and avocado.

      If you're looking to make an easy authentic dish, mix those ingredients with nopales for a cactus salad.

      You can find most of theses traditional foods at your local grocery store but if you can't Reyes says improvise.

      "Creativity is limitless so start creating your own stuff," Reyes said.

      The most important ingredient for authentic Mexican cooking is ...

      "Sharing with people," he said.

      You can learn how to make fresh authentic Mexican food by taking Ignacio's class at John Wood Community College. Click here for more details.