Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Every day is a fiesta

Hola amigos. Sorry I haven't been as frequent in my postings lately but it has been a chaotic, stress-filled couple of weeks. I just recently moved into a new apartment and between all of the unpacking, I've also been buying odds and ends furniture to fill the extra space. I know, I know...life is rough. Enough of the excuses, though. I simply wanted to apologize for not providing any tips in advance of Cinco de Mayo. Although that day has come and gone, I figured I'd still pass along a few ideas for next year's fiesta.

For starters, let's clear something up, as it seems to be a popular misconception here in the states. Cinco de Mayo (or "5th of May") is NOT Mexico's Independence Day. Instead, it commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces over French soldiers in the Battle of Puebla back in 1862. It is also not a federal holiday in Mexico - most banks, government buildings, offices, restaurants, etc. remain open. In other parts of the world, the date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride...or simply an excuse to party.

Moving on. If you're searching for some low-cal food and beverage recipes for the next Mexican-themed party or Cinco de Mayo celebration, look no further. Here are a few yummy, sucralose-sweetened items sure to please all your friends and guests. Thanks to Hungry Girl for the cocktail recipes!

Rockin' Razzy Rita

Ingredients:

*1.5 oz. tequila
1/2 tsp. Crystal Light powdered drink mix, Raspberry Ice
5 oz. water
1 oz. lime juice
Optional: lime slice for garnish and salt or no-calorie sweetener for rim of glass

Directions:

If desired, run some lime juice along the rim of the glass and dip into a dish of salt or sweetener. Combine all ingredients, mix well, and serve over ice. Or, for a frozen one, place all ingredients (dissolve Crystal Light in water first) in a blender with 1 cup crushed ice, and blend on high until well mixed. Optional: Garnish with a slice of lime. Serves 1!

Magical Low-Calorie Margarita

Ingredients:
6 oz. Sierra Mist Free (or Diet Sprite Zero, or your other fave no-cal lemon-lime soda)
*1.5 oz. tequila
1/2 tsp. Crystal Light powdered drink mix, Lemonade
1 oz. lime juice
Optional: lime slice for garnish and salt or no-calorie sweetener for rim of glass

Directions:
If desired, run some lime juice along the rim of the glass and dip into a dish of salt or sweetener. Mix all ingredients together. Pour over 1 cup of crushed ice. Optional: Garnish with lime slice.

I'm also attaching two delicious salsa recipes, one that utilizes Splenda, berries, apples and onion and another that features an array of hot peppers. YUM!

Berrilicious Salsa

Five Pepper Salsa

Finally, here's a short, entertaining video clip with tips for hosting a Cinco de Mayo party. Hope it comes in handy next year!

2 comments:

Teeny said...

I tried the Margarita with the sprite the other day, I found the recipe through a google search- it's really good!

I love reading your recipes and entries. My Mom is diabetic and I send her your stuff all the time!

Audrey Taylor said...

Wow, thanks for the compliment Teeny. I'm so glad the recipes are coming in handy. If you're ever looking for a sugar-free version of a particular meal, don't hesitate to ask. Thanks for reading!