November 16, 2008

Me and Mexican Food: Striving Towards Healthy

So I had a totally yummy, entirely filling dinner last night. And it was 10 Points total. Kinda big, but I'm working 32-Points per day, so it works for me. Basically it was half-burrito, half-soft taco.

I heated up some fat free refried beans, then heated up two Mission "Heart Healthy" tortillas and put about a 1/4 cup (or so) of refried beans on each. I didn't include any meat or chicken in this recipe, and I wanted it to be hearty, so I figured: "More beans!!" After putting the beans on, I used 1/4 cup of lowfat Mexican-style shredded cheese to spread over the two "burritacos" (yes, I just made that up), then spooned on some fat-free Pace Picante salsa, some fat free sour cream, and a leaf of green leaf lettuce on each. I took a few more spoonfuls of refried beans and put them on the side of the dish, and sprinkled what was left of the 1/4 cup of cheese on top.

I heated that up in the microwave for about 20 seconds to melt the cheese a bit, and then ate it all up. I'm a Mexican-food fiend - it's my downfall, really - but using lower-fat versions of my favorite ingredients (beans, cheese, sour cream, tortillas) helps make it healthier, and I can work it into my meal plan quite easily.

Next time, I think I might add some chicken or something, but the problem is I don't really know how to prepare chicken. I boiled some chicken breasts last week for the WW Layered Mexican Chicken recipe, and that was super easy, and made the chicken really easy to cut/shred. But as for grilling and marinating, I'm at a bit of a loss. Grilling seems like such work, especially when it's cold outside. I kinda just want to boil the chicken. That seems the healthiest, too, right? I've heard that boiled chicken isn't too flavorful, but it might be fine covered in salsa and cheese and sour cream - right?

Posted by weezgrrl at November 16, 2008 10:25 AM


We seem to have a bunch in common (besides twitter and WW). I love mexican food - thanx for sharing your tips to making it healthier. I am going to try your recipe. Hopefully, I can do it without my hubby realizing I have healthied up his mexican. Any thoughts on making enchiladas healthier? Sorry for the long comment, I got a bit carried away.


Posted by: jen_da_bookworm at November 16, 2008 12:23 PM

I have NO IDEA how to make things healthier, typically. I'm not much of a cook - I never really cooked until I moved up to Seattle last year, as I didn't really have a workable kitchen before then. I've been scouring the WW site for recipes and food ideas, and that's been über-helpful. I haven't had too many cooking disasters, but then again, I'm not very adventurous with the cooking yet. ;)

Posted by: Julie at November 16, 2008 02:56 PM
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