Fast and fresh Cinco de Mayo recipes!

By: Jodie Shield, RDN

After a long, stressful day there’s nothing better than having a homemade dinner awaiting you on the table. It’s extra special when dinner is prepared by your daughter – thanks Jenny! My husband and I were treated to a Mexican fiesta featuring fresh pico de gallo. It was amazing! In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here is Jenny’s pico de gallo recipe, which I’ve also added to my iTunes app Time To Eat Healthy. For more healthy Mexican recipes be sure to try my homemade Guacamole, Mexican Rice, Cowboy Chow, and Mexican Meatloaf. They’re also on my Time To Eat Healthy app.

Pico de Gallo

8 Servings

Prep Time = 20 minutes

Cook Time = 0 minutes


1 pound tomatoes, chopped

2 fresh jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped

½ cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 avocado, diced

1 lime, juice only

¾ teaspoon kosher salt


In medium bowl, gently combine tomatoes, jalapeños, onion, cilantro, avocado, lime juice and salt. Chill or serve immediately.

Nutritional Information per (1/2 cup) serving: 56 calories, 1 gram protein, 6 grams, carbohydrate, 4 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 185 milligrams sodium, 3 grams fiber


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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N.
Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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