May 5, 2010


Happy Cinco de Mayo!  This used to be one of my favorite holidays to get out and drink margaritas while dancing/stuffing my face with chips and guacamole all night.... then I had a bebe :)  Did you know that the average dinner at a Mexican restaurant (one or two blended margaritas, chips and guacamole, enchiladas, etc.) is 2300 calories and 76 grams of fat?!  Ummmm... scary!  Since the hubs works super late tonight, I decided I would spend this May 5th having a healthier celebration with la bebe.

First stop, Skinnygirl Margaritas!  These can be bought pre-bottled (go to to find locations) or you can make them yourself using the following recipe:

Skinnygirl Margaritas
2 oz. clear premium tequila (Patron)
Splash of orange liquor
Juice of 4 fresh lime wedges
Mix all together over ice 
*To make a frozen version, just blend with ice in blender

Margarita Cupcakes
(makes 24 cupcakes)
3 sticks butter, softened (I use ICBINB Light)
2 cups sugar in the raw
4 large eggs, room temperature, plus 1 large egg white
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 3/4 whole wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons soy milk
Grated peel of 4 limes
1/4 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons tequila
1 drop green food coloring
1/2 cup large sugar crystals
24 lime wedges

*Preheat oven to 350 and put cupcake liners in cupcake pans
*Beat 2 sticks butter and granulated sugar with electric mixer until creamy.  Gradually beat in eggs, egg whites and oil.  scrape down the sides of bowl and mix again.
*In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt.  In a large measuring glass, stir together milk, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.  On low speed, mix in 1/3 wet mixture, then 1/3 dry mixture, repeat and end with dry mixture.  Mix in 1/2 of the grated lime peel.
*Feel each baking cup liner 3/4 full with batter.  Bake about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.  Let cool completely for 30 minutes.
*Meanwhile for the frosting, using the electric mixer, beat the remaining stick of butter until creamy.  Beat in 1 cup confectioner's sugar, tequila, remaining lime juice, lime peel, 1 teaspoon salt and food coloring until smooth.  Beat in the remaining 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar one-third at a time.
*Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and rim with the large granulated sugar.

Low-Fat Mock-a-Mole
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and mashed
1 cup cooked green pees
1/4 cup chopped fresh tomatos
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and blend with an immersion blender until smooth.  Garnish with cilantro.  Service with multi-grain tortilla chips and raw veggies.

Cheers to a fabby day!


  1. All looks oh so yummy! Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

    Liesl :)

  2. I can't believe how horrible eating Mexican can be!


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