Tostadas Done Light!!

Truth be told, I don’t have the most exotic palate.  Thinking back throughout my life, I might even say that I tend to be a little picky.  However, in my quest to lose weight one thing has come clear and that is flavor is king.  I can eat something that is lower in calories and lower in fat as long as the flavor is good and that is where my idea for a light version of tostadas came in today.

This lunch was SO delicious and easy that I will absolutely eat it again!  The cast of characters for this event were:

Mission Yellow Corn Tortillas (extra thin)
1.5 oz rotisserie chicken, chopped
1 Tbs 2% Kraft Colby Jack Cheese
6 black olives, chopped in half
1 romain lettuce leaf, chopped
1/4 cup reduced sodium black beans
1 Tbs Bolthouse farms Salsa Ranch Dressing
1/2 roma tomato, chopped
1 quarter slice of lime

The other day at the store, rotisserie chickens were on sale so I bought one thinking I could use it for many different meals.  These things are so versatile and, if you leave off the skin, they are a great source of low-fat protein.  Well today seemed like a great time to try something a little more exotic than I usually do so I took 1.5 oz of breast meat and chopped it into bite-size pieces.  In the meantime, in a small skillet, I had sprayed olive oil Pam and set it to medium heat.  Once it was warm enough, in went the corn tortilla.  Now, the end result for me was a bit chewy when I was hoping for something crunchy.  If you wish to leave a note in the comments telling me what to do to get a crunchy tortilla next time, that would be great!

As the tortilla was warming in the pan, I proceeded to chop the lettuce, tomato, and black olives.  Once the tortilla seemed ready, I placed it on my plate and began layering the various toppings on there.  The bottom layer was 1 Tbs of the cheese, then came the chopped lettuce, then the chicken.  Next came the black beans, black olives, and tomatoes.  I topped it off with 1 Tbs of the Salsa Ranch dressing and a squeeze of fresh lime juice from the quartered fruit.  OH.  MY.  WORD!!!  It was so bright and fresh tasting, I loved it!!!

And the best part of this is, it was only 340 calories and 9 grams of fat.  The only thing I can think of that would have made this over the top flavor-wise would be if I had fresh cilantro on hand to chop and layer on as well.  Cilantro is one of my favorite flavors!!  Combine that with the brightness of lime and it is heavenly.
Just because I’m trying to lose weight doesn’t mean I have to eat bland foods that are the texture of cardboard.  This meal (which I ended by eating an apple) was totally satisfying for my taste buds which goes a long way to making me feel satiated emotionally.  That in and of itself felt like a huge accomplishment.  Later this week, I’m going to make a lighter version of one of my favorite recipes on here, Sausage, Beans, and Rice.  So be sure to check back for that, you will NOT want to miss it!!

Kim - Sounds very yummy!!!

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