skinny margaritas and vegan tacos

Cinco De Mayo: Skinny Margaritas + Vegan Tacos

skinny margaritas and vegan tacosHi guys!!

Can you believe it’s already May?? This year’s almost half over! It’s insane how fast time flies! Pretty soon I’ll be applying for transfer ( for school ) … *crosses fingers*

So with May comes Cinco De Mayo festivities! And also some BOMB Mexican food.

Shout out to my Latina friends’ & their mamas for the yummy food they’ve brought into my life

*cough Leanna’s mom, Jeanette, I’m talkin’ about your mole!* <<< pronounced ( mole-ay )

El Silencio tequila and fresh lime and orange juices

Here in Southern California, Mexican food is EVERYWHERE! Literally everywhere. I must have 15 different restaurants within a 2-mile radius of my apartment. I’ll take a skinny margarita for happy hour any day ๐Ÿ˜‰

But here’s the thing: it’s fucking HOT in the valley during the summertime. And I’m not into being all covered up when it’s 100 degrees outside. And for MY own standards for MYSELF, I need to look good. Let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute:ย Mexican food isn’t really summer-body-friendly.

Dylan and I love it though, so we (I, lol) had to find some way of enjoying these foods without feeling completelyย guilty. Basically I’ll just cut the fattiness & extra calories where I can.

I’m currently trying to have more of a plant-based diet ( Veganish ). I’m not one to completely restrict myself. Nothing good ever comes out of me completely limiting myself; I just end up binging or giving up all together. I like to have a balance!

Since Cinco De Mayo is comin’ up this Friday, I figured I’d share 2 of my current favorites:

skinny margaritas & vegan tacos

I started having skinny margaritas after I went out for drinks with my former roommate and noticed she always ordered her margaritas “fresh squeezed.” Which is basically fresh squeezed lime juice rather than mixer which I LOVE because mixers tend to be WAY too sweet and filled with nasty chemicals.

Let’s start with the skinny margarita so that you can sip on it while you’re cookin’ those tacos

SKINNY MARGARITAS

This recipe is from Cookie + Kateย 

INGREDIENTS

โ™ก Kosher salt or coarsely ground sea salt

โ™ก 2 ounces (1/4 cup) silver tequila

โ™ก 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons/about 1 1/2 small limes) fresh lime juice

โ™ก 1 ounce (2 tablespoons/about 1/2 of a medium orange) fresh orange juice

โ™ก 1 teaspoon light agave nectar

โ™ก 1 lime wedge or round, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. First grind up ( or pourย ) some salt onto a small plate ( I actually used pink saltย instead ). Get a slice of lime and run the wet edge along the rim of HALF of your glass — half is so you don’t overdo it on the salt !

2. ย Next you’ll pour your juices, agave, tequila & then ice

A little tip I learned from TSCย start with the least expensive ingredients first & move your way up to the mostย expensive

3. ย Add ice to your glass, shake & strain your cocktail over the ice & garnish with a limeย wheel.

Cheers ! Take a sip for me.

Skinny margaritas with a lime wheel and vegan tacos

VEGAN TACOS

INGREDIENTS:

โ™ก 1 package beefless ground beef ( got mine from trader joe’s )

โ™ก 1 packet taco seasoning

โ™ก 1/2 onion

โ™ก 1/2 head of lettuce

โ™ก 1 avocado

โ™ก fresh chopped cilantro

โ™ก whatever toppings you want on your tacozzzz

โ™ก 1 tsp oil

DIRECTIONS:

1. Chop up + prep your ingredients, so you have them ready when needed

2. Heat a LITTLE oil on fry pan & add beefless ground beef once ready & cook for about 4-5 minutes

3. Add 1/2 packet of taco seasoning (or whatever directions yours says)

4. Heat taco shells in oven ( I prefer to cook make my own taco shells, but sooo much oil ๐Ÿ™ !! )

5. Add beef + ingredients in whatever order you prefer and bam !!

 

vegan tacos with beefless ground beef, lettuce, onions, cilantro, avocado

Super simple recipes, but so YUM ! I don’t have a lot of time to cook nowadays with work, school, the blog, LIFE… so I appreciate recipes like this.

And what’s so great about these tacos is you can’t even tell that it’s not real ground beef ! If you like sour cream and cheese, there are alternatives as well !!

SOOO tell me what you thought! Did you love it? Did you hate it? I want to know!

Tweet meย or find me on Instagram & let me know!!

I’m off to class now !

Bye loves

xoxo

Nicole

El Silencio tequila with fresh orange and lime juices

38 Comments

  • Reply Ant May 4, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I’m super curious about the meatless ground beef from TJs. How does it compare to the “real thing”?

    • Reply nicoleking May 4, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Hi Ant ! I loveee this stuff! You can hardly tell the difference. The meatless ground beef could be compared to something like 90% lean ground beef or bison. My boyfriend is not as into not eating meat as I am & he likes it !

  • Reply Amanda Mason May 4, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Yeah for skinny margaritas! I’m glad I found this post! I’ll be making these for sure!!

    • Reply nicoleking May 4, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Yummm hope you enjoy Amanda !

      xx Nicole

  • Reply Vanessa May 4, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Definitely gonna try this tonight!
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    • Reply nicoleking May 4, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Enjoy Vanessa !! xx Nicole

  • Reply Natalie Dickinson May 4, 2017 at 10:44 am

    No, I totally can’t believe it’s May and was just saying the exact same thing yesterday! Sllloooow down 2017! These tacos looks really good, I’m veggie but eat Vegan when I can, will def give them a whirl! thank you x

    • Reply nicoleking May 4, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Hey Natalie! I know right ?? Except getting my degree seems to be taking FOREVER ๐Ÿค”

      Definitely give these a try! I’m gonna try out a bunch of recipes with this beefless ground beef ! Hopefully I can find other substitutions because I can only do so much regular tofu ๐Ÿ˜›

      xx Nicole

  • Reply Delphine May 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Skinny margarita, what a great idea! I don’t drink hard liquor so this is perfect for me!

    • Reply nicoleking May 4, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks Delphine <3 Enjoy it love !

      xx Nicole

  • Reply msmamabean May 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    loving the margarita! I don’t think I will be able to make the tacos after drinking one too many ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply nicoleking May 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Hahaha definitely try it if you get the drunk munchies!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      xx Nicole

  • Reply Cheryl May 4, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Love it! For me, this is the only way to have a margarita. When a mix is used, it’s way too sweet. I also like to add a little grand marnier instead of orange juice ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply nicoleking May 4, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Oohh I’m gonna have to try that! Thanks Cheryl !!

      xx Nicole

  • Reply Dionna Nicole Chambers May 4, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    So yummy! So easy! And PERFECT for Cinco De Mayo!!! Thank you for sharing. My mouth is watering from these delicious tacos and yummy Margarita Recipe!

    • Reply nicoleking May 4, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Yesss Dionna you’re gonna have to try and let me know what you think!! <3

      xx Nicole

  • Reply Sushmita May 4, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Love Margaritas ๐Ÿ˜€
    Will be making them soon for sure, thanks for sharing dear ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Reply nicoleking May 4, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Enjoy Sushmita !! <3 xx

  • Reply Idriss Amraoui May 4, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Awesome Tacos Nicole! Great Idea on the margharita too! I know I will be having some this weekend. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply nicoleking May 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Yummm hope you enjoyed Idriss ! xx

  • Reply Gillian Kent May 5, 2017 at 3:05 am

    so yummy!. Perfect for my vegan friends too.

    • Reply nicoleking May 7, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Yesss! My friend had a dinner party last night and she made these! Everyone loved them!!

      xx nicole

  • Reply Jennifer Gainer May 5, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Yum just in time for tomorrow!!! Great margarita recipe!!! Happy Cinco de Mayo ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    • Reply nicoleking May 7, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Happy Cinco De Mayo, Jennifer! Hope you had a good weekend xx

  • Reply Umberta May 5, 2017 at 6:51 am

    I have to try this skinny margarita recipe!! thanks :))

    • Reply nicoleking May 7, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Yesss, Umberta! Try it, have a few for me & let me know how you liked them ! xx nicole

  • Reply Leah May 5, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Yummy! The drink and the tacos look great! I loved visiting southern california and I loved the all the mexican food! My husband was a cook at a mexican restaurant so we eat mexican a lot! And drink a lot of margaritas. I have pinned this for when we have margarita mondays!

    • Reply nicoleking May 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Yummmm!! I love homemade Mexican food !! Enjoy the margaritas & have a couple for me ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx nicole

  • Reply Allie | LunaVida May 5, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Yum, these look amazing! I’m vegan and always appreciate new veg-friendly recipes to try – so thank you!!

    Allie | http://www.lunavidablog.com

    • Reply nicoleking May 6, 2017 at 1:50 am

      Hope you enjoy it !! Easing my way into a more plant based diet with at least 1 vegan meal a day ! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx Nicole

  • Reply Jeanette May 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    How delicious this drink sounds ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply nicoleking May 6, 2017 at 1:49 am

      Try it Jeanette !! <3 xx nicole

  • Reply Tabitha Mcfarlane May 6, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Adding this to the list of drinks to have after the baby gets here lol. I love a good margarita!

    • Reply nicoleking May 7, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      awww congratulations on your little one !! best wishes to you & your baby girl/baby boy!! <3 xx nicole

  • Reply Danielle May 6, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Oh I like the idea of vegan tacos! I bet they are delicious. I’ll have to try that sometime, I love a good taco Tuesday!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply nicoleking May 7, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      mmm me too!! they are actually really good! didn’t even need to “get used” to anything ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you try & enjoy danielle ! xx nicole

  • Reply Annie May 7, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Saving this for as soon as I’m not pregnant!

    • Reply nicoleking May 7, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Aww congratulations !! sending positive vibes to you & your new fam! xx nicole

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