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Posted on Aug 21, 2010 in Food, Recipes | 5 comments

New recipe: Low-Fat Chicken Fajitas!

Yes, I know, I know, I’ve been slacking. But here we go, I’m finally making good on my promise to post my latest creation. Low-fat chicken fajitas! I know that it’s kind of a “duh” recipe, but it was delicious, and I took some pictures while making it, so I figured why NOT post it?At least it gives me something to post since my ankle is still swollen and that has made life fairly boring. My doctor-to-be brother-in-law told me that if it’s still swollen by the end of the weekend I should go get it xrayed, so I’m hoping it’ll be right as rain by tomorrow. It already seems a little better today… I think. Anyway…

Ingredients

1 chicken breast
1 green bell pepper
1 red or yellow onion
cumin
chili powder
salt & pepper
flat out wrap or whole wheat tortilla
nonfat plain greek yogurt
cheese, corn, beans, or whatever other toppings you like!

Slice up the bell pepper and onion into strips and toss into a sautee pan with a little cooking spray. Cook on medium heat until veggies are soft and cooked through. Season with salt & pepper. Remove from pan and set aside in bowl.

Cut up the chicken breast into short, thin strips. Season with salt & pepper and cook on medium-high heat until cooked almost all the way through. Toss the peppers and onions back into the pan and cook together until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Season with as much cumin and chili powder as you like (cumin is what gives it that great Mexicana smell and flavor, mmm….)

Let the fajita filling cool just a smidge while you assemble the rest of your creation! Take a flat out wrap or a whole wheat tortilla, spread some nonfat plain greek yogurt on it (seriously tastes just like sour cream), and spoon some of the filling onto it. Add some corn and bean salsa, cheese (just a li’l), or other toppings and wrap it up!

Because of the lean chicken breast and veggies, you’re bulking up your portion, and you can spice up the mixture as much or as little as you like. Cooking with spray instead of oil also saves you some unnecessary calories, and plain greek yogurt makes the perfect cool topping. It’s a keeper for me, at least, since I love the flavors and can have the confidence that it’s prepared healthier than eating out!

Be proud of me for today – went to Olive Garden with some coworkers and got the Soup, Salad, and Breadsticks combo. Limited myself to 1 breadstick (I know! I was shocked I could do it, too!) and got a salad bowl that had no dressing on it for myself while the rest of my coworkers dug into the bowl with the delicious Italian dressing. But I was glad for it, because losing those calories enabled me to try two of the delicious soups: Zuppa Toscana (170 cals) and the Pasta e Fagioli (130 cals.) I know I should have gotten the Minestrone (100 cals) but I figured, hey – it’s Friday!

Then met up with my brother, his girlfriend and some of her friends for Happy Hour after work. I got a Bud Light, which is like 140 calories and I should work on seeing if places have like MGD 64 or that new Budweiser 55 calorie beer in the future, but whatevs. I got a salad with a salmon fillet (dressing on the side) that was pretty good, although it was as expensive for my 1 dish as my brother and his gf’s 3 appetizers (those nachos were calling my name, too… I managed to hold my resolve and just pick off a few of the tomatoes and a jalapeno though!)

I had a hankering for something sweet after that, so we stopped by the grocery store and I picked up some frozen yogurt (Edy’s Yogurt Blends Strawberry and Nonfat Vanilla) and a few other things. I’ll go “real” grocery shopping later. Managed to end the day around 1,564 or something, as far as I could fully calculate things, which is pretty good I think, considering how much eating out I did!

I hope everyone is all geared up for the weekend. I’m seeing Mary Poppins tomorrow with my family, which I’m super excited about, and in the morning my sister and I are supposed to hit up the Farmer’s Market, so hopefully I’ll get some nice fresh produce to experiment with. More to come later, of course. <3

5 Comments

  1. Those chicken fajitas look really tasty. Now I’m in the mood for fajitas. Hope your ankle feels better soon.

  2. The fajitas look good. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find nonfat Greek yogurt here. It’s all the regular 10% fat kind.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle situation, bummer. I’m sure it will be better. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for ya. You did such a good job on your outings, finding little ways to make adjustments but still have what you want is 100% the way to go. Always order something you really want, don’t get something just because it’s low in calories. It will keep you happier and more on track in the long run! Keep up the good work girl!

  4. Will Power — Will Power…. The way to go !!

  5. Hi, I was reading your article and I just wanted to say thank you for putting out such great content. There’s so much crap on the internet these days its hard to find anything worthwhile. I actually have cooked this recipe before, I got this book last month on recommendation from a friend http://ninjahq.com/go/cookingrecipes and it turned out very nice! I’m very eager to try your variation of it though, it looks excellent. I think you might enjoy those recipes, they’re very good. Thanks for the article and great ideas.

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