I rarely get cravings for Mexican food. (Well apart from guacamole. I swear I could eat that stuff by the bucketful every day if I had the chance.) When I do get hit by an urge to munch on some Mexican fare, I don’t really hanker for the heavy wraps or cheese laden dishes, rather it is the amazing spices which get me salivating before I’ve even served up. So that’s what I hope to bring to the table today – the flavours of an old favourite, but without the calorific load. Perfect for fasting days, and packed with nutrition too!
First things first, it’s day 29 & also my 2nd fast day of the week (I’m planning to do my 3rd on Friday) – I decided to squeeze in an extra fast day this week before the indulgences of the summer bank holiday (plus a wedding this weekend) begin!
Oh, and before I forget, newsflash! If you’re from the UK, have a Holland & Barrett store nearby & are a fan of the Eat Water Slim products, pop in for their penny sale i.e. buy one, get the 2nd for a penny (only for the noodles):
I stocked up (£5 for 4 packs) – not cheap but worthwhile if you use them. I probably depend on them a bit too much but they are perfect to quickly throw something together on a fast day (& I would have no qualms using the noodles as a pasta substitute) when pushed for time/inspiration. (and no, I don’t work for either Eat Water or H&B 😉 )
Otherwise I popped to the pool today – I hadn’t been for a while & had somewhat fallen into the habit of convincing myself that I feel too ‘weak’ on a fast day to exercise. Once I gave myself a stern talking to, I was in the water & I felt strong! I managed to do several HIIT rounds before running a few errands about town. A relatively active day!
Now, are you feeling hungry?
Hungry for fajitas filled with succulent spiced turkey, crunchy peppers, creamy guac & salsa with a bit of a zing? & all for under 500 calories?
I used turkey here as it has less calories than chicken so it meant more volume. Feel free to use chicken though, it will taste very similar!
Whilst this dish has several components, we’re talking a kitchen-to-table time of less than 30 minutes.
Ingredients (serves 1 – I doubled up as a lot of the ingredients are ‘halves’ so I just saved the remainder for tomorrow’s lunch!)
- 1/2 avocado: 150 cals
- 150g turkey, diced: 165 cals
- 1/2 red onion, diced: 25 cals
- Juice of 1/2 lime: 10 cals
- 7 plum/cherry tomatoes, halved/quartered: 16 cals
- 1 whole red pepper, sliced: 37 cals
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped: 4 cals
- Cos leaves, washed, drained & patted dry: 25 cals
- Chilli flakes
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbs fajita mix (I use Discovery): 25 cals or a 1 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp each of garlic salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, regular pepper
Total calories: 457
For the Guacamole
Mash the guacamole with a tbs of the red onion, garlic clove & lime juice.
For the Salsa
Mix the cherry tomatoes with the chilli flakes (to taste), a tbs of the red onion & the pinch of salt.
For the Turkey
‘Water’ fry the rest of the red onion for a few minutes.
Coat the turkey with your spice mix & add to the onions (top up with water as needed so that it is continuously ‘water’ frying & not getting dry/burnt) for 3 minutes.
Add the peppers & continue to fry all the ingredients for 2 minutes.
And that’s it!
Load up your cos leaf:
Roll up, eat & repeat! (I used 5 large cos leaves in total to use up my various mixtures)
This would be a good easy meal to serve if you are eating with others, just increase the amounts – you could give your loved ones proper wraps & grated cheese if they really wanted them 😉