Foodalicious Friday

Posted: February 18, 2011 in Recipes

In honor of Friday and the Mexican lunch I’m going to be enjoying at noon today, I’m sharing some Mexican-inspired (/themed) recipes. Three kinds of food I can’t resist that I always need healthy alternatives for are: Mexican, Thai, and Italian (aka pizza). Striking out #1 on the list…

Breakfast Tacos
(Not sure I’d really eat these for breakfast, but it’s a great dinner recipe!) 

  • 3 large romaine lettuce leaves
  • 4 oz. cooked 99% fat-free ground turkey seasoned with ½ tsp. low-sodium taco seasoning
  • ½ c. fat-free refried beans
  • ¼ c. reduced-fat Mexican four-cheese blend
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced black olives (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh tomato salsa
  • 3 slices avocado

Using the lettuce leaves as taco shells, place 1/3 of the turkey, beans, cheese, olives, and salsa on one end of each leaf. Add an avocado slice, if desired, and roll each leaf like a wrap, tucking in the edges.

Makes 3 (1-taco) servings
Per serving: 150 cal., 17 g protein, 11 g carbs, 0 g sugars, 5 g fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 310 mg sodium


Mexican Turkey Burgers

  • 1 (20-oz.) package extra-lean ground turkey breast
  • ¼ c. chopped cilantro
  • ¼ c. diced red onion
  • ¼ c. diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 c. diced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 tsp. Mexican seasoning or fajita seasoning
  • ¼ c. low-fat Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 6 whole grain buns or Arnold Sandwich Thins
  • 6 Tbsp. salsa
  • 1 ½ med. Avocados, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
  • 6 Tbsp. fat-free Greek-style yogurt

In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, cilantro, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, seasoning, cheese, and garlic. There will be about 24 oz. (1 ½ lbs.) of mixture, or 4 c. Divide into 6 (4-oz.) patties.

Grill the burgers for 3 mins. on each side, or until the inside is no longer pink. Serve on whole grain buns or Sandwich Thins topped with salsa, avocados, and yogurt (instead of sour cream).

Makes 6 burgers
Per serving (burger only): 120 cal., 23 g protein, 1 g carbs, 0 g sugars, 2 g fat, 40 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 30 mg sodium

Anyone else have any good Mexican-inspired/themed recipes that are healthier version of their full-fat, crazy-calorie counterparts?


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