eats that feel like cheats
oil-less, butter-less, low-calorie, and delicious! home cooking that makes even the fanciest take-out look bad
Ran out of huaraches one day so I improvised. Whip up some Chorizo-spiced potatoes and use it as a topping for these tasty huarache-style arepas. Load it with your choice of tomato, lettuce, onion, cilantro, and your favorite salsa. You'll never have to leave your own kitchen to get restaurant-quality mexican food!
All it takes is a few minutes to prep your toppings to make these totally customizable, super low-calorie, and utterly delicious tostadas. Great for picky eaters and last-minute friend-hosting!
Always looking for a good reason to use lima beans and garbanzos-try this Mexican dish featuring tender calabacitas and poblano peppers (don't worry, it's not spicy.)
You will need two hands and a wide mouth to devour this treat. Inspired by Argentina's beloved Choripan, a Chorizo sandwich paired with Chimichurri, this low-calorie substitute can be addictive. You'll want to make Chimichurri again and again-as if it wasn't hard enough to choose between red and green salsa for your daily meals.
One of the greatest parts of eating a chorizo-stuffed poblano pepper is getting to drink the chorizo-flavored broth leftover once the poblano is done. Skip the poblano and enjoy this inspired recipe-a rich stew filled with veggies, sausage, and beans, like a beautiful, low-calorie chili you never knew you needed.
Boiled until tender, these calabacitas swim in a delicious simple tomato broth, flavorizing a wonderfully melted center of fat-free Kraft cheese. Just like mom's, but gorgeously healthy-no guilt repeats (though you might have trouble fitting it in!)
Lighten up this traditional mexican dish by substituting chicken for pork, and using water-based veggies and fruits to build a satisfyingly crunchy, hearty, and spicy stew. A perfect complement when paired with a higher-calorie complement such as a simple light sandwich.
Referred to as Chile Guerillo in hispanic markets, this long yellow pepper (Banana? Hungarian Wax?) is the perfect shape for roasting and stuffing. I'd been curious to try making Cubano sandwiches for awhile when I decided upon experimenting with these instead (I am always for whatever option allows me to cut out bread or tortillas from a recipe, as it makes it instantly lower cal). So glad I did! This is all the flavor with none of the unnecessary extra. Replaced the customary Swiss slice with some lower cal options as well.
Jewel Osco's 80 cal Hamburger buns continue to earn my love. They are so versatile. This week it seems all stores are out of the usual white bun option, so switched to the wheat, which would usually disgust me, but thankfully it seems to have no effect on taste for this recipe and the wheat bun is fluffier and slightly larger than the Signature Select Hamburger buns, while also being the usual 80cal. Pick up a bag and see why I spent a good two weeks on these babies. Once they are packed and reheated, they expand and become these gorgeous stuffed Pambazos that are entirely filling and flavorful! Lower in calorie and fatter than your average burger-you won't regret the time spent on prep. Once you've found your rhythm, it's no sweat!
One of many common mexican dishes that I had no appreciation for as a child but found myself craving weeks ago. After a visit to my bestie's home in which she loaded her plate with this and a beautiful side of cumin-spiced refried beans, I knew I had to give this dish a shot. Glad I did since this is so easy and quick to make-it makes the best use of the usual round-up of mexican spices. It's customizable too-usually made with steak only, you can substitute for your favorite meat/protein (I added the shrimp because who doesn't love grilled shrimp?) as well as substitute the peppers for your favorite kind (my best friend uses spicy red jalapenos for extra kick, I'd rather use sweet red bell because of that beautiful flavor once it's roasted.) By weighing and portioning off the meat/protein from the start, you can choose to make this a side (make the meat to veggie ratio off-kilter and eat only about 1oz of meat) so it's under 100 calories or tip the scale and eat a higher portion to make it a full meal, complete with beans and rice. Either way, you really can't go wrong!