Thursday, March 29, 2012

Low-calorie margaritas! Oh, and fajitas too.

I’m a week late for this post as we are experiencing typical March weather again instead of the 70 degrees we enjoyed last week. Boo.
Last week, however, I found myself planning our meals around margaritas. If you’re anything like me, the warm weather makes you crave salty chips and a just-sweet-enough margarita.

Dinner was fajitas. I marinated three small chicken breasts (one pound) for one hour.

Mix the following in a small bowl and add chicken:
Juice of 2-3 limes (you can also use lemons)
Zest of 1 lime
2 minced garlic cloves (or use the zester/grater on the garlic cloves too - much easier than mincing)
1 t salt
½ t cumin powder
½ t chili powder
½ c olive oil
2 T finely chopped cilantro

I halved and removed the seeds of a green and red bell pepper, and quartered a small red onion. I drizzled the vegetables with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Grill the chicken on medium high for 3-5 minutes on each side depending on size. Add vegetables to the grill when chicken is cooked halfway through.

Remove meat and vegetables from the grill and allow them to cool. Slice thinly and serve with warm tortillas and salsa.

Low-calorie margarita recipe:
Fill drink glasses with ice and squeeze 1-2 juicy limes in each glass. 
Add one ounce of silver tequila - I don't pretend to know a thing about the origins and making of liquor, but the gold tequila seems to have a stronger flavor, so I prefer silver
Add ½ ounce of cointreau or triple sec (or more if you prefer a sweeter drink) 
Top with Fresca or a citrus soda of your choosing


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