Cinco de Mayo is only a few days away and I’ve got two recipes that’ll transform your family dinner into a family fiesta! The first recipe is for fresh Pico de Gallo, just a few simple ingredients make up this zippy dish that’s great on tortilla chips or served alongside tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, pretty much anything (even scrambled eggs!). The second recipe is for a Skinny Margarita made of fresh lime juice, orange juice and agave nectar – so amazingly delicious, you’ll never buy margarita mix again!
Each recipe takes only minutes to make, is low-calorie/waistline friendly, and is the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican-inspired menu. If you’ve never made Pico De Gallo or Skinny Margaritas from scratch, get ready, because you’re in for a real treat! Enjoy!
Pico De Gallo
Makes 2 ½ cups
4 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 small white onion, finely chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2-3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
Salt, to taste
Combine all ingredients; cover and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.
Pico De Gallo recipe from www.food.com.
Makes 1 cocktail
Kosher salt or coarsely ground sea salt
2 ounces (1/4 cup) silver tequila
1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons/about 1 ½ small limes) fresh lime juice
1 ounce (2 tablespoons/about ½ of a medium orange) fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon light agave nectar
1 lime wedge or round, for garnish
Pour a layer of salt onto a small plate (preferably one just slightly larger than the top of your margarita glass). Slice off a small piece of lime and run the wet edge of the slice along half the rim of your glass. Dip the top of the glass into the salt at a 45-degree angle and roll it from side to side to catch the salt. Add ice cubes to your glass and set it aside.
Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the tequila, freshly squeezed lime and orange juice, and agave nectar. Put on the lid and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the liquid into your glass and garnish with a slice of lime.
Want to Make A Pitcher of Margaritas? For 10 drinks (about 45 ounces, or 5 ½ cups), combine 2 ½ cups silver tequila, generous 1 ¾ cup lime juice (around 15 limes), 1 ¼ cup fresh orange juice (about 5 medium oranges) and 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon light agave nectar. Mix well, and add ice. Don’t forget to garnish your rims with lime rounds and coarse salt.
Serving Size: 1
Carbohydrates: 12 grams
Sugar: 9 grams
Skinny Margaritas recipe and picture from one of my all-time favorite food blogs, Cookie and Kate. www.cookieandkate.com.