An Awesome Cinco de Mayo

524778_614457192956_687309644_nJust about every day is Cinco de Mayo around these parts. Tacos, burritos, margaritas, cervezas… that’s just how we do it every day.

But what really works for a Cinco de Mayo party? You want things that can be done in advance, things that are easy and things that are muy deliciosas.

You also want things that will let you enjoy the night without blowing up like a piñata. So, for your enjoyment, I’ve rounded up the best Mexican dishes and drinks from around the web… all under 300 calories.

¡Salud y Buen Provecho!

 Drinks

Skinny MargaritasSkinny Margaritas: Nothing says verano like crisp margaritas with with a bit of sparkle. These simple drinks are just made up of seltzer water, lime juice, tequila and a splash of juice- but they pack a punch.

Weight Watchers Points+: 3

Calories 80, Carbs 4g, Fat 0g, Protein 0g

Appetizers

Healthy Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers3Healthy, Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers: These are a big it every time. Spicy, intense and surprisingly healthy. Stuffed with mushrooms, garlic, Greek yogurt, a bit of cheese and wrapped in turkey bacon, these are amazingly delicious and guilt free.

Weight Watchers Points+: 1

Calories 30, Carbs 1g, Fat 2g, Protein 5g

low fat guacamoleLow Fat Guacamole: I’ve been seeing some odd recipes for low fat guacamole lately- guacamole with mashed peas, garbanzo and even zucchini. But there is such a natural solution- tomatillos. These tart, citrusy veggies help cut the calories nearly in half.

Weight Watchers Points+: 1

Calories 51, Fat 4, Carbs 4, Protein 1

mini tamale pie 1 (2)Taco Dip Mini Tamale Pies: Aren’t these stunning little appetizers? They start with an earthy masa base, followed by layers of pepper jack cheese, refried beans and yellow rice, topped with guacamole and sour cream. It’s like a taco dip that gussied up for a cocktail party.

Weight Watchers Points+: 4

Calories 130, Carbs 15g, Fat 8g, Protein 4g

Wine SalsaWine Sautéed Tomato Salsa: This is a salsa with the usual ingredients- tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, onion- but it has a small twist. The tomatoes and garlic are sautéed in white wine before everything is pureed. The result is a milder salsa where the wine brings out the natural sweetness of tomatoes and adds a subtle bit of acidity instead of the sharp bite of lemon juice.

Weight Watchers Points+: 0, Calories: negligible

Tacos

Why are tacos awesome? They’re easy to prep, easy to set out and easy for everyone to make their own!

Pick up some of the best quality tortillas you can find. If you can find a place that makes them fresh, then you are good to go. To keep them warm, plug in your slow cooker, set it to low and wrap the tortillas in a damp towel. Then set out some of these fillings:

Spicy Ground BeefSpicy Ground Beef/Turkey: The best part about this filling is that it requires two ingredients and two directions. If you can turn on the stove, you can create something that will blow Taco Bell out of the water.

Weight Watchers Points+: 3

Calories 161, Carbs 2, Fat 6g, Protein 22g

DSC03124Carne Adobada: What is carne adobada? It is marinated pork, beef, chicken, lamb or even goat. It is spicy, vinegary, smoky and a tiny bit sweet.  I always make a double batch of this because I know I will reincarnate the left overs in so many ways.

WW Points+: 6 per serving

Calories 275, Fat 9g, Carbs 3g, Protein 42g

Vegetarian, Low-fat, Unbelievably Delicious Refried Beans: It won’t just be your vegetarian friends that love these. Packed with flavor and just a little bit spicy, these refried beans may just make you swear off the canned stuff forever.

Weight Watchers Points+:3

Calories 143, Carbs 23g, Fat 2g, Protein 9g

Dessert

avacado-chocolate-chip-cookies-034aChocolate Chip Avocado Cookies: These are very unexpected, very green but very delicious. These little cookies get a little health makeover by snubbing butter in favor of avocados. Pass these around hot out of the oven- they are a gooey, decadent experience.

Weight Watchers Points+:3

Calories 99, Carbs 17g, Fat 3g, Protein 1g

 

 

 

 

 

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