Lovers of bacon and carne, beware! The World Health Organization has announced that processed meats cause cancer and that red meats (including beef, pork and lamb) are "probably carcinogenic", sending us into a small panic. But have no fear! Thanks to these recipes, you can now recreate your favorite Latin dishes in a healthier way. 

Read more ¿Qué más? Vegetarian Awareness Week: 10 Latin recipes that'll make you forget meat!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja 1

Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja

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Traditional ropa vieja is, of course, made with red meat. This chicken version keeps all of the flavor and is also super simple, thanks to the slow cooker.

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Turkey Albondigas 2

Turkey Albondigas

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Mexican meatballs (aka albondigas) are a delicious dish that's easy to  make healthier thanks to this turkey albondigas recipe. Yum!

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Green Scallop Tacos 3

Green Scallop Tacos

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Who can say no to tacos? Impossible. Now you can have your favorite Mexican dish with scallops instead of the traditional beef variety. 

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Chimichurri Chicken Thighs 4

Chimichurri Chicken Thighs

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We all know that churrasco with chimichurri sauce is great. But what about trying the sauce on chicken thighs? Delicious, and healthier too!

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Vegetarian Feijoada 5

Vegetarian Feijoada

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This traditional Brazilian stew is typically made with black beans and meat. Yet this vegetarian version, with quinoa and mushrooms, is just as great.

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Turkey Picadillo Quinoa 6

Turkey Picadillo Quinoa

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Classic Cuban picadillo, made with ground beef, is a regular go-to meal. Yet making it with turkey (and quinoa) provides a great red meat-free alternative.

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Grilled Vegetable Fajitas 7

Grilled Vegetable Fajitas

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Fajitas are typically made with beef, chicken or fish. But for an easy vegetarian dish, this grilled veggie version is just what we ordered.

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Turkey Cubanos 8

Turkey Cubanos

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We love our sandwich cubano for lunch, but pork isn't doing us any favors. Instead, this turkey mojo version is just what we ordered. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas 9

Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas

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We all know and love shredded pork carnitas, but making them with chicken is an easy substitution. We love this slow cooker version any day of the week.

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Tuna Minilla Empanadas 10

Beef empanadas are hard to pass up but this version with tuna is an easy red meat subsitution. Whether for dinner or as a snack, we say YES!

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Black Bean Burger 11

A burger with Latin flavors? Yes, please! And a burger with Latin flavors that's good for you, too? Give us seconds!

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Pescado Guisado 12

Carne guisada is one delicious dish, sure, but it's easy to fall in love with this fish version that makes this classic meal healthier than ever.

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