5 Cinco de Mayo Recipes We’re Giving 5 Stars!

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Fresh homemade mango salsa

From fajitas to margaritas, Cinco de Mayo celebrations are often rife with diet plan destructors. But the good news is, they don’t have to be. With some simple tweaks to fiesta favorites, you can still enjoy a delicious spread without wreaking havoc on your weight loss effort. Check out these five healthy Cinco de Mayo recipes we’re giving five stars. They’re celebration staples that work perfectly with your Nutrisystem weight loss program, so get ready to stay healthy this Cinco de Mayo!

1. Party-Perfect Pico de Gallo

Makes 4 servings
This dish is unlimited on the Nutrisystem diet plan.

Featuring fresh veggies and herbs, this guilt-free Cinco de Mayo staple pairs perfectly with your Nutrisystem Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips for a flavorful snack.

Ingredients:
• 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
• 1/4 cup white onion, diced
• 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
• 2 tablespoons green bell pepper, chopped
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• Dash of salt and pepper

Directions:
Combine all ingredients, mix well and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

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2. Hot, Hot, Hot Mexican Zucchini

Makes 4 servings
One serving counts as 1 Extra on the Nutrisystem diet plan.

Featuring a delectable blend of vegetables, herbs and cheese, this sizzling diet dish is a party on a plate. Savor it solo, or pair it with a Nutrisystem entrée like the Arroz con Pollo lunch dish.

Ingredients:
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 1 tablespoon no calorie cooking spray
• 1 pound zucchini, diced
• 1 large tomato, diced
• 1 green onion, sliced
• 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
• 1 teaspoon jalapeño, minced
• 1/2 cup fat-free feta cheese crumbles
• Fresh lime juice to taste
• Dash of salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and bring to medium heat. Add garlic and heat until sizzling (about 1 minute). Add zucchini and cook until tender (about 3 minutes).
2. Add tomato and onion and cook for about 3 more minutes.
3. Remove skillet from heat and add cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice, then top with feta cheese. Serve hot.

3. Delicioso Mango Salsa

Makes 2 servings
One serving counts as 1 SmartCarb on Nutrisytem.

Give your salsa a citrusy kick with this sweet and tangy blend that’s as versatile as it is tasty. Pair it with your Nutrisystem Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips, spread it over your Nutrisystem Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet, or use it as filling in lettuce wraps!

Ingredients:
• 1 fresh jalapeño, minced
• 2 tablespoons lime juice
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 2 cups mango, chopped
• 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
• 1 green onion, chopped
• 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

Directions:
Combine all ingredients, mix well and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

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4. Strawberry Margarita Mocktail

Makes 4 servings
One serving counts as 1 SmartCarb and 1 Extra on the Nutrisystem diet plan.

No Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete without a margarita, right? Take your taste buds on a good-for-you get away with this refreshing tribute that skips the alcohol, but not the flavor!

Ingredients:
• 2 cups fresh strawberries
• 1/4 cup lime juice
• 1/2 cup orange juice
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 12 ice cubes
• Lime slices for garnish

Directions:
Combine all ingredients except for garnishes in a blender. Blend until it reaches the desired consistency. Add lime slices to rim of glass for garnish.

5. Cilantro Lime Cauliflower “Rice”

Makes 4 servings
This dish is unlimited on the Nutrisystem diet plan.

You’ll love this healthy take on a calorie-dense dish, which swaps rice for cauliflower. Enjoy it on its own, or as a side to your favorite Nutrisystem weight loss meal.

Ingredients:
• 1 small head of cauliflower
• 1 tablespoon no-calorie cooking spray
• 1 lime, juice and zest
• 1/4 cup cilantro, minced

Directions:
1. Create cauliflower rice by grating florets on the large holes of a cheese grater, or adding them to a food processor.
2. Spray a large pan with cooking spray and bring to medium-high heat. Add cauliflower rice, stirring occasionally. Cook until rice is tender and golden in color (about 10 minutes).
3. Add lime juice, zest and cilantro until well-mixed (3-5 minutes). Remove and let cool before serving.

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