In today’s post, I am going to share with you the recipe for Watermelon Margritas from Audrey Johns’ book, Lose Weight By Eating: 130 Amazing Clean-Eating Recipe Makeovers For Guilt-Free Comfort Foods.
Audrey lost 150 pounds in about 11 months by changing her diet and practicing clean-eating. She started blogging in 2012 so that she could share her tips and recipes and this year her cookbook was published. The book is written in a casual manner – it’s easy to read and it’s as if she was sitting in your living room giving you advice on healthy eating.
I like how she included four goals – not rules – for the reader to strive to meet. In brief, they are 1) to eat natural foods, not processed, 2) plan and record what you eat, 3) start moving (exercise), and 4) drink a gallon of water daily. She gives practical advice on how to meet these goals and explains why you should implement them.
In the back of the book, there is a section with sample weekly menus that suit a variety of tastes and cooking skills. They are Metabolism-Boosting Menu, New Cooks Menu, Happy Kids Menu, Time Crunch Menu, Stay-At-Home Menu, and Vegetarian Menu. To keep expenses down, Audrey makes good use of leftovers.
Chicken Fajita Enchiladas
I like that there is a strong emphasis on making foods from scratch using organic, natural ingredients. From what I gather, there is no real “diet” to follow, other than trying to meet the four goals that are briefly stated above. The author actually includes more information about the diet on her blog. (Click here to read more about it.)
Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
As a cookbook, there are plenty of recipes to cover each of the meal periods, plus desserts and drinks. Of the three that I tried, the Slow-Cooker Pot Roast was my favorite. Other tempting recipes in the book include: Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies, Lemon Almond Biscotti, Game-Day Nacho Dip, Grilled Chicken Burger, Meat Lovers’ Baked Ziti, and Margherita Pizza.
I have been granted permission to share with you Audrey’s recipe for Watermelon Margaritas. It is a light and refreshing spin of a traditional margarita.
- 4 cups watermelon cubes
- 1/4 cup silver tequila
- 1/4 cup Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
- 1/2 lime cut into wedges (optional)
Place the watermelon chunks in a large freezer-safe plastic container and freeze them completely, 3 to 5 hours.
Add the frozen watermelon, tequila, and orange liqueur to a blender and blend until smooth. Divide among four glasses and serve with lime wedges.
Recipe NotesFor Pineapple Jalapeño Margaritas: Use 4 cups frozen pineapple chunks and 1 or 2 seeded jalapenos in place of the watermelon. Strawberry Margaritas: Use 4 cups frozen strawberries, 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (for sweetness and to cut the acid in the strawberries), and 1 teaspoon powdered sugar in place of the watermelon. Virgin Margaritas: Swap the tequila and orange liqueur with 1/2 cup organic lemon-limesoda.