One thing that is key when you’re trying to reduce fat and calories in your diet is to really amp up the flavors you use in each meal. It helps you feel satisfied, especially if you’re like me and are coming from a life of living to eat! If I eat something that doesn’t fill my emotional well in addition to the physical one, it leaves me wanting more. I saw a recipe on Pinterest that was by Trader Joe’s grocery store and it was Mexican Pizza. Let me tell you, in the old days, Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza was the thing I ordered every time but at 540 calories and 31 grams of fat, it just isn’t something I can afford to eat anymore. The Trader Joe’s recipe isn’t exactly light either. When I calculated it using My Fitness Pal’s recipe section, it ended up being worse than Taco Bell’s version!! It was around 1200 calories and 31 grams of fat PER SERVING!!! I didn’t even look at the sodium but it must have been off the charts. SO I had to get creative and make this work for me.
My version is still higher in fat than I would normally eat at one sitting but, I thought of a couple of other ways to cut that, too. Here is my version as I ate it yesterday:
This makes one serving.
2oz of 93% lean ground beef
1-2 Tbs of diced onion
1/2 tsp of garlic powder (I didn’t have any garlic)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
pinch of kosher salt
pepper to your taste
1/4 cup of fat free refried beans (heated and thinned with a bit of water, if necessary)
1 6-inch flour tortilla
2-3 TBS of Jacks Garden Fresh Mild Salsa (use your fave)
1/4 cup Kraft Naturals Colby Jack Cheddar Blend, made with 2% milk
a little bit of chopped green onion
1 small tomato chopped
5 small black olives, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Heat a small skillet over medium high heat and add meat and onions. Cook through. Drain fat then add back to skillet and cook for 5 more mins with all the spices. Remove from heat.
2. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and place your tortilla on it.
3. Spread the 1/4 cup of refried beans on the tortilla. I had thinned my beans out a little beforehand to get a spreadable consistency.
4. Then put the meat and onion mixture on top of the beans and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and add the salsa, cheese, green onion, tomato, and olives.
6. Put back into the oven for about 5-10 more minutes.
7. Using a pizza cutter, slice it into 4 triangles.
My version is roughly 365 calories and 14 grams of fat. I had to change the amount of meat and cheese as well as use a smaller tortilla to accomplish that but, please believe me when I tell you, this was very, very filling. You could reduce the fat further by using fat-free cheese and, you could cook the meat and onions separately, then rinse the meat once it’s browned. Rinsing chopped meat removes 50% of the fat! If you took those steps with the FF cheese and the meat, you would save 7 grams of fat. Not too shabby!