Friday, 17 January 2014

Skinny Girl Fiesta

My girlfriends and I have been getting together to watch the bachelor/ette since forever.  We make a point to have dinner and cocktails a few times over the course of a season.  At first it was a big mish-mash of snacks and treats and drinks but over time, we each had our staples that we always brought.  This past monday we decided to give it a theme and coordinated it with Juan Pablo's Latino roots.  We decided on Skinny lettuce tacos, guacamole and margaritas and for dessert we had skinny chocolate cookies and cinnamon popcorn. It was so good, I made it again last night for myself and a normal kid-friendly version for everyone else.  

 First things first - the Margarita because you can't have Mexican without a margarita. 



 I love a rainbow of vegetables








For a Margarita, I never use a mix because I don't like sweet fillers in my cocktails.  My favourite cocktails include any kind of citrus, which is why I'm nuts about margaritas..Tequila + lime and in this case grapefruit…I mean, come on! 
I had half a grapefruit leftover from breakfast so I decided to squeeze it and add it in with the limes.  The grapefruit took this margarita to a whole new level.

Lime and Grapefruit Margarita 
(serves 1)
1 very generous ounce Tequila (I prefer Patron Silver over this Avion brand but don't tell Adrian Grenier and his Entourage posse)
Use half the amount of Triple Sec
The juice of 2 Limes
The juice of half a grapefruit
Salt for rim

Squeeze the juice out of the limes and grapefruit.  Pour Tequila and Triple Sec over ice in a Shaker and add citrus juice.
Shake it up baby
Rim glass with salt
Pour and Enjoy

Skinny Tacos
(Serves 4+)
1/2 - 1lb of Ground Turkey
1 of each sliced Red peper, Yellow pepper, Green pepper (Use 1 small or half a large of each)
1-2 minced Hot peppers (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 can of Organic Corn 
1 lb of sliced Mushrooms
1 small diced Yellow Onion
1 pack of Low Sodium Taco Seasoning
Guacamole (homemade preferably) 
Boston Lettuce (or any sturdy lettuce)  
Tomatoes
Salsa
Hot sauce

In a sauce pan saute onion on low heat.  Add ground turkey and break it up.  Then toss in all peppers, mushrooms and corn. Add seasoning once the veggies have begun to soften a bit.  
Cook on low to medium for about 15-20 min.
Meanwhile, dice tomatoes and wash the lettuce.  Now is also a good time to prepare the Margarita! 
In little serving bowls serve all the toppings.  I don't really care for cheese or sour cream on mine but go ahead and add it if you want. 
Now have fun piling your mixture and toppings onto the lettuce.
Enjoy! 

**Disclaimer, if you are using the hot peppers for spice, WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER SLICING THEM!!! 
I scratched my nose and was in excruciating, burning pain for a long time.  If this does happen to you, dip paper towel in milk and, yes, shove it up your nose.  It works, trust me. 

{You could make this vegetarian by simply omitting the meat.  I used very little and could have easily gone without.}  

Love,
Em xox 



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