Just ask me to go to my happy place, and I’ll say if you serve me a Mexican inspired dish, I’m there.
The versatility of Mexican spices – chiles, cumin, garlic, cayenne, and oregano work with almost any vegetable or meat you pair them with.
Spice up veggies and I’ll bet your family will eat them up.
Turn beans into a creamy soup for a hearty lunch.
Turn seafood into a delectable seafood taco.
Or roast a chicken and serve it up with a refreshing mango salsa.
I admit none of the dishes above are authentic Mexican cuisine, but they come in a close second and meet my requirements for a calorie-friendly meal.
This easy sauté uses store bought convenience to create it’s spicy Mexican feel. The grocery store up the street sells pico de gallo for pennies. I don’t have to chop a single vegetable, but you could easily swap the pico for a chunky salsa if your store isn’t as generous.
As I said, this isn’t classic Mexican fare, but it’s certainly tasty, and I skip the chips and salsa I’d devour if I were at my favorite Mexican restaurant.
Can’t beat that!
Shake It Up! Leftover pork, beef or even chunks of cod would work well in this versatile dish. Brown rice could easily replace the quinoa.
- 1 pound chicken breasts, cubed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium zucchini, cubed
- 2 cups salsa, chunky variety
- 1 ½ cups black beans, cooked
- ½ juiced lime
- 1 ½ cups corn , frozen
- 2 cups quinoa, cooked
- 1 cup chili sauce
- hot sauce, to taste
- Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Add chicken and cook for 5 - 8 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
- Add remaining ingredients except hot sauce, and cook for another 3 - 5 minutes to heat ingredients through.
- Season with hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
Food energy: 262kcal Weight Watchers PointsPlus 6 Saturated fatty acids: 0.74g Monounsaturated fatty acids: 1.82g Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.75g Total fat: 3.31g Calories from fat: 29 Cholesterol: 36mg Carbohydrate, by difference: 34.56g Total dietary fiber: 7.82g Protein: 19.86g Total lipid (fat): 4.89g Water: 219.65g Ash: 5.85g Total sugars: 5.98g Calcium: 38mg Iron: 3.40mg Magnesium: 94mg Phosphorus: 303mg Potassium: 826mg Sodium: 854mg
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