Thursday, April 30, 2009

Foodie Friday: Low-Carb Cinco de Mayo

Welcome to Foodie Friday.

I'm looking forward to all of the great food! **As always, the themes are optional==and all food is welcome. No rules except to have fun exchanging recipes. Susan, please add your darling cheesecake! :-)

Next week: May 8, Cakes; May 15, Food Trainwrecks.
I have a horrid 2nd degree burn (a spring form pan exploded) and may end up doing hot dogs for next week's "cakes."

I'm (belatedly) linking to Susan's wonderful Tablescape Thursday.

This week's theme is Cinco de Mayo, celebrated a bit early.

Low-carb quesadillas (1.5 carbs per wedge--recipe below)

Salsa with limes (see below for recipe)

A lime-edged rose from Publix!

Melon (I was going to make a watermelon salsa, but the wedges looked so fresh and delicious, I decided to leave well enough alone.

Low Carb Quesadillas
1 bag low carb tortillas
cheese (whatever is in the fridge)
Melt butter in pan (start with 1 T) and add a dribble of oil. Place tortilla in pan. Sprinkle with cheese.

Place tortilla on top of cheese. Gently "fry" until the tortilla starts to brown.

Flip. Add another pat of butter, if necessary. Serve with salsa, etc. Cut in wedges.

Best I can figure, each wedge has approximately 1.5 net carbs. I used La Tortilla Factory tortillas, and each tortilla only has 3 net carbs; but I used two per quesadilla. The cheese has 1 G carbs.

Avocados are low in carbs--after you've gone through "induction," you can feast on them without fretting. To make "chips," fry low carb tortillias in a little oil, and cut into wedges.

Low-Carb Guacamole
3 ripe avocados
fresh lime juice
1 cap extra virgin olive oil
Duke's Mayonnaise (eyeball it--add by teaspoons; mix and add more, if necessary)
garlic salt
Peel avocados. Pour 1 cap (scant 1 tsp) olive oil onto avocadoes. Mash with fork. Add lime juice (1/4 lime), garlic salt, pepper, Tabasco, and mayo--to taste. 1 carb per 3 tablespoons

Pico de Gallo with fresh lime

Pico de Gallo

2 cups ripe tomatoes, diced
3/4 cup red onion, diced
5 jalapenos, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp salt

Dice tomatoes and onion.
Chop garlic, peppers, cilantro.
Add 2 T fresh lime juice.
Refrigerate 5 hours.

Variations :
whole kernel corn
black beans

I've had the blue "thumbprint" bowls for decades. The butterfly plates came from Big Lots.

Remember these boxes? Big Lots!

The square blue plates (and butterfly plates) are from Big Lots. So are the blue placemats. I've had the napkins forever and can't remember where I bought them!

As always, if you are participating in Foodie Friday, add your name and link to Mr. Linky.


  1. Oh what a beautiful post. The food looks great and your table is so pretty. Love the blues! I like any Mexican food and we probably eat Mexican out at least once a week. Happy Foodie Cinco de Mayo to you...

  2. Pretty pretty!! You did a great job! It all looks yummy!

  3. Your food looks yummy, and I love all the blue. The little jeweled boxes from Big Lots are so cute.

  4. The food looks great and the table is just brilliant. Those soft colors accented by the bold green of the limes is ... well, like I said, it's brilliant!
    All Things Heart and HOme

  5. Ole!..very festive table and food, and great pics..
    Hope you are feeling better!

  6. Michael..this look delicious! I forgot you had a theme this week. I was all excited thinking I could link up but I don't think Dirt Cheesecake will work for Cinco de Mayo. LOL
    I love your pics! Sooooo pretty! Hope your burns get better reallll soon. Susan

  7. Holy Mother of Mercy, g, that tose in the second opicture takes my BREATH away! Do you know what it's name is???? I had roses at my other house, about 30 bushes and have never seen one like that with the GREEN edges! GORGEOUS!!!!!! I love your Big Lots dishes.....I had planed to go there tomorrow so will keep my eyes open for more dishes.....between you and Linda "inspiring" me, I am gonna be in the poor house:):) Love, Pinky Beautiful post!!!!!!

  8. Hi Michael! This salsa looks very tasty! I had some authentic salsa made from a friend visiting from AZ recently, she insisted she make me fresh Mexican Salsa from her home country. was good! How do you say that in French? ;) I'm sharing a Non-alcoholic Strawberry Margarita Cake today...with a very multicultural tablescape with lots of LIFE! ;) I'm also hosting a giveaway, so don't forget to stop by! ;) ~CC Catherine

  9. The salsa looks the limes alongside! The butterfly plates are very pretty - lets me keep thinking the warm weather is just around the corner!

  10. Susan, the Cinco de Mayo is optional. Any food is welcome. :-) Your cheesecakes are perfect for FF. Please link up!

  11. Oh yummm, your pictures made me hungry & I just ate!

    Hope you all are feeling better soon! Ouch, burns, ooohhhh! ♥ Diane

  12. Your table and food look wonderful as usual! I had low carb ice cream with hot fudge sauce for dinner :)-husband out of town! So sorry about the burn--they hurt so! Hope you feel better soon!

  13. Thanks, Michael! I just finished adding the FF button back into my post and linking back! Yipee! :-)

  14. need to link this beautiful tablescape up to TT! I adore those butterfly plates and the blue stemware! This is tooo pretty to not share for TT! :-) Susan

  15. I hate to hear that your hand is still hurt! Ouch! Hope you will be feeling better with each day's passing.

    And girl, that table is fabulous! Love the square plates (that butterfly one is darling), the bowls, the boxes, the glasses, the linens... the food! Great tablescape, and now I'm craving salsa. Unfortunately, Publix closed about thirty minutes ago.

    I'm still on break, but I'll be thinking about the trainwreck offering. The problem is, I don't have a picture of our most famous trainwreck, but it was an amusing story. I don't know that I could even recreate it, but I could try. LOL!

    Happy FF...



  16. Michael, I'm so happy that you've surfaced. Looks like you've been a busy girl. All of thisi looks amazing. Love the blue. I have that same thumbprint bowl in pink. Take care of those burns. I think you need a vacation. Get some rest!

  17. The salsa looks wonderful! Hubby wants a good recipe! We have not made one we like as of yet! The table is so pretty! Now Big Lots does not have the Butterfly plates here! I finally got to go and no Gibson dishes to be found. One of my sets for everyday use,are blue sponge plates whch are Gibson, I had them for years and no breakage! I did by two boxes of total of 64 pieces of white dishes, called a Family Gathering. Yes one box had broken ones and they only had one box left! I finally got back and traded out for a new box and checked it in Big Lots for breakage. I can't wait to show them. I have been working on my dining room and so happy to have finished walls! I promised Hubby no more dishes to buy unless they are some of my collection pieces, I been buying dishes like mad since Dec. Now, I was suppose to wait to buy sheep, after I get through this next year of surgeries. I found some in the Market Bulletin, around 45 min. from here! I was the first one to call and he said his buddy was going to get them. I was so disappointed, he said he would call the buddy and he did and I get to buy the sheep. They are registered Gulf Coast Sheep. I saw these sheep on a sheep farm in Quincy,LA and loved them. I have wool from them I am spinning. I getting one ram, three ewes and two lambs! Going to pick them up this weekend. I am so excited! I just had to tell you! PS Hubby thinks I am only getting two! lol But its a package deal all six for one price! Love the flowers!

  18. Oh Good Grief!!! That all looks so good!!! Yummy!

  19. Yummm! Looks so good! Love the plates :) You'd have a great Cinco de Mayo party :)

    All the best,

  20. Evening, Dear Gollum! Oh, how I love this! Mexican food is my favorite and your pictures are making my mouth water!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)
    Shoot! There you go tempting me again with those gorgeous dishes and Big Lots! :P

  21. Please forgive .... I mistakenly entered 05 rather than 04.

    Everything looks absolutely yummy today ... including your tablescape.

    We are cornering the market on avocados for sure!

  22. OMgoodness the salsa looks so delicious. I finally went to Big Lot and all because of your beautiful tablescapes. I think I need to go to out your way. I stopped at the one off of Charlott e and no bueno. I did pick up a couple of very inexpensive candles. I have an affliction where I can barely walk out of a store without even the smallest purchase.

    Your flower arrangement is lovely!

    Nola @ The Bloom Girls
    Nashville, TN

  23. A beautiful table (but yours always are) and the food looks amazing!

  24. Miss "G" what a beautiful post! All your photos are beautiful and colorful!
    Thanks for hosting a Cinco de Mayo theme!
    Happy Cinco de Mayo
    ~Really Rainey~

  25. Yummy salsa and tortillas! You have to tell us when you got those butterfly plates! Those are beautiful!

  26. What a gorgeous post! I am going to have to spend some time looking at each picture more closely. I'm hungry now!

  27. Oh good heavens, I'm so hungry after seeing this but it's 4:30am -- not exactly quesadilla time. LOL

    Your table setting is so beautiful, as always!

  28. Gorgeous photos and the food looks delicious. Your Big Lots must be so much better than mine!!!! I love the table setting. :D Jewel

  29. Oh yum, homemade quesedilas and homemade guac????????? Oh the joy! Don't you put cilantro in it? Ooh girl, you should try it. And ONE OF THESE DAYS you're going to give me your lighting tips on pictures! You will!

    Justine :o 0

  30. I've done it again; I know that I should always eat before I visit your blog on Fridays! I always admired your quick ideas to throw the most delicious looking food together with a stunning tablescape. It's amazing that one can do both of these with the easy and success that you do. Lovely

  31. easy and favorite! I think I will do this for sunday brunch. thanks

  32. A lovely Cinco de Mayo post!

  33. Drats! Big Lots again. I would have scooped up those butterfly plates in a heartbeat! I sure could go for one of those quesadilla's right now. (Did you see Napoleon Dynomite? Everytime I see a quesadilla I want to say it like the Gramma in the movie with the "L" sound.) They look good. Hope you're blisters are healing! Happy Cinco de Mayo! ~ Robyn

  34. Scrumptious pictures today.
    I will go over them in depth and enjoy every single morsel. Thank you for hosting. It is great fun and quite and education every week.

  35. The guacamole looks so good, I may have to have some for breakfast...
    ...your Big Lots must be a whole lot bigger than ours...your finds are beautiful...

  36. Everything looks so yummy!! Pretty table as well.

    Hope you have a great Friday!

  37. The Cinco de Mayo theme was a terrific idea! It reminded me of the recipe I posted and to make margaritas :). As always your FF offering is delightful, and I do love those blue placemats. Sorry to hear that your house is still in the throes a 'a bug'. Hope you are all feeling better soon.-Nancy

  38. Your Cinco de Mayo food looks so good. I have to tell you I went to the big city and to Big Lots and you must have a model store as the one I went to was just sad. Oh well I really do not need another plate in my life. Have a wonderful day...I am loving reading Crazy Ladies so much, you are really talented.

    The Raggedy Girl

  39. Everything looks so fresh and wonderful. I love all the bright colors on your table. Great theme!

  40. What a beautiful and colorful post to celebrate the cinco dy mayo themed foodie friday. I'm suddenly getting a craving for Mexican food ;) Great photos as always.

  41. Everything look so beautiful and tasty. I love the butterfly plates Second degree burns make you feel just sick all over don't they? Hope you are on the mend quickly.

  42. Yum, this looked delish. Your table setting is beautiful. I love the blue and particularly like your unusual flatware.

    I have not participated in your FF but plan to next week. I am new to blogging and have enjoyed a couple of the parties and look forward to doing so with yours next week.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  43. This is my first time visiting your blog. The pictures are divine! I'm looking forward to coming back when I have more time.


  44. I really, really heart those butterfly plates, and I cannot believe they came from Big Lots! You are one heck of a shopper! Your Food looks scrumptuous! laurie

  45. MMMM! The food looks so yummy. I love the way your sliced those avocados and poured the salsa down the middle and served them w/quesadilla! My girls would love that! Your dishes are beautiful. I especially like the butterfly!

  46. I love Mexican food so this event was so much fun - thank you! Your tablesetting is beautiful and food presentation scrumptious - I love quesadillas. Pretty shot of the limes!

  47. Everything looks great! I think my favorite photo is the bowl of limes. For some reason that just makes me think of summers on the beach. Love it!

  48. Everything looks great! I think my favorite photo is the bowl of limes. For some reason that just makes me think of summers on the beach. Love it!

  49. I just finished my lunch but the photos made me feel hungry.
    The foods are so enticing.
    Thank you for sharing the recipes.

  50. That looks delicious! I love the limes and flowers, too.


  51. If I had to pick a favorite photo in this post I don't honestly think I could do it. This is perfectly beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.


  52. Scrumptious in all aspects! Love the Butterfly plates. (Wish we had a Big Lots in Canada.)

  53. Such beautiful food you have on display! I've searched lots of places for plates and such, but never tried Big Lots. I've looked there for gardening things. I'm going to Big Lots!

  54. Wow, your pico and guacamole looks so delicious! I just came across your blog through Foodieview and like it a lot!