Fitness Crazed Foodie
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Just because I'm calling this a fiesta does not mean that there has to be a reason to celebrate! I just love Mexican food and am always trying to make healthier versions of the large and greasy portioned meals you get at restaurants. Last night I made chicken and vegetable fajitas, without the tortillas, and topped the meal off with some homemade guacamole. There is no such thing as a Mexican meal without guacamole!
I started off by sautéing some red and orange peppers and red onions with a little bit of olive oil in a sauté pan. I love the color that these vegetables add to the dish! I then just cut some left over chicken I had from a different night into strips and heated it up in a pan with some water and fajita seasoning.
Those two dishes were very simple and just took a few minutes each! I then started making my guacamole, which is one of my specialities that I have been making for years.
I smashed up an avocado, added chopped tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper. And waahhlaa you have an amazingly tasty addition to the meal that everyone will love. I know that avocados have a lot of calories and fat, but it is the fat that you should be eating! So let yourself splurge on the guacamole, but hold off on the tortilla chips. I like to eat my guac with cucumbers and carrots, or just on top of my chicken. Once you open that bag of tortilla chips there is no going back, so I just don't even bring them out of the pantry.
The whole meal consisted of the seasoned chicken strips with peppers and onions, and topped it off with some salsa and guacamole on the side. There are a couple reasons this meal is a lot healthier than restaurant version fajitas: low-carb with no tortillas and a low-fat with no cheese or sour cream. Although cheese and sour cream are very popular toppings on Mexican meals, there are already so many flavor components to this meal that you hardly taste them when everything is added together. Therefore, you can substitute the high fat toppings with lower calorie options. I love trying different types of salsas that can really add something extra to the dish. If you want some spice, add a medium or hot salsa, or if you want some sweetness you can top it with mango, peach, or other fruity salsas!
Mexican food has a lot of flavor and spice, and there are many ways you can enjoy the authentic food in a healthy way! When there are tortillas or taco shells involved, try it without them and use lettuce as a base instead! When there are fatty toppings like sour cream and cheese, try it without them and use different flavored salsas and chopped veggies instead! When there is guacamole, try it with vegetables or on top of the chicken instead of tortilla chips! These changes will allow you to enjoy a lot of the flavor without the guilt.
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