Cinco de Mayo Slim-Down

 

When we think of Cinco de Mayo, we think of the good food and drinks that go along with it – tacos and fajitas, margaritas, salsas and guacamole.  These foods are delicious and indulgent, and do not have to ruin your waistline.  We here at La Criolla like to “make under” our traditional dishes – we still want to eat them, make them taste good, and have the authentic flavors that we grew up with – without the high sodium, preservatives, dyes and other “bad stuff” that can cause health issues.  Check out our recipes below, featuring La Criolla Adobo, La Criolla Fruit Seasoning, and La Criolla Fajita Seasoning – all sold on Artizone.com/chi!!

And by the way, besides great food, what are we celebrating on Cinco de Mayo? The Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862!  Sometimes Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day – the most important national holiday in Mexico – which is actually celebrated on September 16.

Happy cooking!

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

From your familia at La Criolla, Inc.

 

 

Recipes:

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon, chunked
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Green pepper, diced
  • Jalapeño, diced – the more seeds the hotter it will be
  • Green onion, diced
  • Lime Juice, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp La Criolla Hot Fruit Seasoning per 2 cups of salsa or to taste

Combine ingredients and toss.

 

Chicken Fajitas

 

Makes: 4 servings

Active Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed (may substitute any protein you like)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. La Criolla Fajita Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. La Criolla Adobo (any variety)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 whole-wheat flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 ripe tomato, thinly sliced

Preparation

  1. Preheat the broiler. Put chicken breasts in a shallow nonaluminum dish and sprinkle with lime juice and spices. Let marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  2. Whisk together cilantro and jalapeño in a small bowl.
  3. Place the chicken and onions on a lightly oiled baking sheet and broil for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the chicken and stir onion. Broil until the chicken is no longer pink inside, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, wrap tortillas in foil and place on the rack below the baking sheet.
  5. To assemble fajitas, thinly slice the chicken. Fill each tortilla with the chicken, onions, lettuce and tomato slices. Top with La Criolla dip (http://lacriolla.com/all-recipes/la-criolla-dip/) and roll up the tortilla and filling. Serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • To heat tortillas:
  • Microwave: Wrap in barely damp paper towels and microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds.
  • Oven: Wrap in foil and bake at 300ºF until steaming, about 5 minutes.
  • Steamer: Wrap a stack of 12 tortillas in a clean, heavy towel, place in a steamer over 1/2 inch of water, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. When steam is released, time 1 minute, then remove from the heat and let stand 15 to 20 minutes. Held in a very low oven, the tortillas will stay warm and moist for an hour or more.

 

 

Latin Limeade with Mint

Servings: 3-5

Ingredients

  • Grated zest of one lime (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 cup lime juice (from about 4-6 Persian limes)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • Several sprigs of fresh mint
  • La Criolla Fruit Seasoning

Preparation

  1. In a small saucepan bring to a boil the sugar, one cup of water, and the lime zest. Once the sugar is dissolved (which it should be by the time the water boils), remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. The amount of sugar is a guideline, it depends on how sweet you like your limeade and how tart your particular limes are.
  2. Place a strainer over a bowl, or wide-mouthed serving container, and pour the sugar syrup through it, straining out the lime zest. Add the lime juice and 2 cups of water. Taste for sour/sweet balance. If too sweet, add a little more lime juice. Add several sprigs of fresh mint.
  3. Chill, or serve immediately over ice.

 

****To Rim your glass****

  1. Take a lemon/lime wedge and rub it on the rim of the glass
  2. Pour La Criolla fruit seasoning on a small plate
  3. Twist the rim in the seasoning

Festive Fruit Kebabs 

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries or Watermelon
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries or Green grapes (red, white and green are the colors of the Mexican flag!)
  • Sprinkle with La Criolla Hot Fruit Seasoning
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