Olé! Here's a fantástico dinner to cheer about! Filled with the colors and flavors of the Southwest, it's not only appealing to the eye but also to your waistline! All of these recipes are designed to help you stay on a healthful track. So invite some friends or family to the fiesta and enjoy. Healthful eating is muy bueno!
Decorate with Fiesta Spirit
- Place a small cactus or succulent plant at each place setting as a party favor.
- Make a quick centerpiece by arranging bell and chile peppers, avocados, limes and tomatoes in the rim portion of a sombrero. Or add colorful crepe-paper flowers. Surround the sombrero with brightly colored candles.
Say Adios to Calories with Snazzy Sips
- Skip the calories of margaritas or beer by serving sparkling water on ice! Choose lime- or lemon-flavored for a tangy touch.
- Before filling the glasses, salt the rims to add pizzazz. (Just rub the rims with the cut side of a lime or lemon; then dip the rims into a shallow dish of coarse salt. Choose a colored variety, if you'd like! You'll find the salt with drink mixers at specialty grocers, gourmet or liquor stores.
- Or decorate your drinks by sticking fun stir sticks in them or adding fruit, such as a slice of lime and a strawberry.
Dress, Music and Spanish Lessons
- Complete the theme by having the guests come dressed in Mexican-or Southwestern-style clothes. If they don't have anything appropriate, have them dress as a tourist!
- Play Latino music in the background during the evening; you can borrow CDs from your library.
- Practice Spanish! If conversational, just have a Spanish-speaking dinner! If you are learning, use it as a time to practice conversational phrases, like when ordering food in a restaurant.