Thursday, June 30, 2011

Skinny Chicken Chimichangas

SKINNY Chicken Chimichangas

I adapted this from a WW recipe in an old cookbook. My husband in particular loves them!!  Hope you will enjoy them too! The best part is you don't have to feel guilty for eating them ;)

Ingredients: (serves 4)

4 burrito size tortillas
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 T chili powder, 2 tsp. Adobo seasoning, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. oregano, salt and pepper to taste
chopped green chilies (small can)
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 Cup shredded red. fat cheese + 1/2 cup for topping

Saute the chicken and seasonings in a pan sprayed with cooking spray until cooked through.
Remove chicken and hand chop or use a food processor (much easier!!) until somewhat finely chopped.
Add chicken back to the pan and add a little more seasoning if needed
Add tomato sauce, cheese and green chilies
let boil for around 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens
Spoon around 1/2 cup of the chicken mix. into the tortillas and fold burrito style.
Place the rolled tortillas on a greased baking pan and then lightly spray them with cooking spray.
Bake in a preheated oven at  375 for  20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Sprinkle the  Chimichangas with the reserved 1/2 cup of cheese 
Serve with your favorite Mexican condiments (Salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro... )

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Non- traditional taco salads with BAKED shell

These are sooo good and not bad for you either so even better right? ;)  I have been making these for years and never thought of putting them on here until now. :) I hope you will love them as much as my family and I do. The dressing on these is a light or fat free thousand island dressing- sounds strange I know  BUT .... give it a try! It's actually a surprisingly tasty addition and makes it "non- traditional".

Serves 4


4 flour tortillas (I use burrito size)
cooking spray
1 1/2 lb. LEAN gd. beef or gd. turkey
1 Tbls. chili powder, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. red pepper, salt and pepper to taste
1 can of drained and rinsed kidney beans
2 tomatoes (diced)
1 avocado (diced)
1 chopped white or purple onion
1 head of iceburg lettuce (chopped)
1 Cup reduced- fat shredded cheddar cheese
Light or fat free thousand island dressing  ( I use just 2 Tbls. or so)
Optional- salsa, black olives, sour cream

To make shells-
Make a ball with around an 8x10 sheet of aluminum foil ( no need to measure LOL just an estimate ;) )
Spray tortilla on both sides with cooking spray and lay the tortilla on top of the foil
Bake at 350 for around 7 minutes  (as they bake the tortilla will form around the foil ball to make a "bowl" .

Taco salad-
1.Brown gd beef with chili powder, garlic powder, red pepper, and salt and pepper in pan coated with cooking spray.
2. Add kidney beans and cook around 5 minutes longer. set aside
3. In separate bowl, mix all vegetables, (except avocado) and cheese
4. In tortilla bowl add the ground beef mix, then salad mix on top and finally, top with avocado and drizzle with dressing and any optional toppings.
5. Enjoy! :)