Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Easy Cheesy Tostadas

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This picture and meal was actually made last summer, so don't think I'm cheating on my health kick!  Since New Years I have been doing yoga and eating much healthier and I'm FINALLY at my pre pregnancy shape. Finally.  Now it's time to tone, tone, tone or these legs will never see the day of light again.   I do feel much lighter and slimmer than I have in a long, long time.  The Body by Bethenny yoga DVD is my favorite yoga DVD ever.  I love it and want to do it all the time.  I highly recommend it.

So this snack or meal, whatever you want to be, probably isn't low carb.  However I wouldn't rule it out as unhealthy either.  It has fiber from the beans and you get your veggies from the lettuce, tomatoes  and avocado is a healthy fat.  The cheese part is the most unhealthy, however in moderation dairy is good for you and a source of calcium.  Am I rationalizing a bit much?  :)

On a cheat day I'd be more than happy to indulge in these delicious (and incredibly easy) tostadas.  Or extra large nachos if you will.

here's what you'll need:
Corn tortillas (or store bought tostada shells)
Vegetable oil
1 can of refried beans
Freshly shredded cheese (can use a mix of cheddar, pepper jack or monetery jack.  Whatever you like)
Toppings of your choice such as lettuce, diced red onion, avocado (guac even!), pico, tomatoes or whatever makes ya happy

If you're using store bought shells, then just heat the beans, spread em' on the shells and add toppings.

OR.  If you want them to taste super good, make your own shells.

Just add some oil to a small pan over med high heat.  Let the oil get hot for a few minutes, but not bubbly.  Using tongs dip the corn tortilla in the oil.  Cook it about 15-30 seconds per side.  Place them on a plate lined with paper towels (to soak up the excess oil) and sprinkle with a b it of salt.

Then added the beans, cheese and remaining ingredients.  I especially loved siracha sauce on these. 

Hope everyone is stickin' to their heath resolutions and sorry if this screws you up at all :)


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Chicken Fajita Salad w/Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

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We had quite the celebration this year.  Pajamas, food, wii and movies.  Party animals to the core!  haha.  New Year's eve is much more tame these days, but we still had a really good time.  I haven't laughed so hard in a long time because Little Wright and I were playing Just Dance 2 on the wii.  I have zero dancing ability.  Seriously.  None.  But it was hilarious to see her shake her booty and for a few moments I felt like one of the Pussy Cat Dolls.

Midnight was crazy because the entire country erupts in fireworks.  They go all out here too.  None of that pansy stuff they sell back home. 

Now that the fireworks are gone and the holiday season has officially come and gone, it's time to cleanse and focus.  A few days ago I posted about my New Year's Resolution Part I.  The other part is physical health.  I've done a lot of research on several different diets and what I have concluded is most have a commonality which is low carb, cut out the sugar, cut out processed foods, cut out white starches and reduce your caloric intake.  I want a lifestyle change.  Diets work great, but for me right now I just want to eat healthy and follow the guidelines listed above.  Also I am going to cut out red wine :(  But only until I reach my goal and am ready to maintain.

So most of the recipes I share from now on will be lower in carbs, lower in fat and lower in calories.  I will allow myself cheat days of course and am sure to share those recipes as well :)

Today I had a craving for chicken fajitas and since I don't want to use tortillas I decided a salad would be perfect.  I looked online for a cilantro lime dressing and that's how the chicken fajita salad with cilantro lime dressing was born!  The dressing does use honey, but it would be worth experimenting with a sugar substitute or even without the honest altogether for a more tangy flavor and no sugar.

This is my FAVORITE salad.  I will definitely make this over and over.  It was deelishus!!!

Chicken Fajita Salad

  • 1 pound Chicken Breasts

  • 1 bag Pre-washed Greens

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 1 Tablespoon Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

  • ½ teaspoons Cumin

  • ½ teaspoons Chili Powder

  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder

  • ½ teaspoons Sea Salt

  • 1-¼ teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 1 whole Onion, Sliced Into Thin Strips

  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced

  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper, Sliced Into Thin Strips

  • 1 whole Yellow Bell Pepper, Sliced Into Thin Strips


  • 3 cloves Garlic

  • ¼ cups Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

  • ¼ cups Cilantro Leaves

  • ¼ cups Honey

  • ½ cups Olive Oil

  • Salt And Pepper, to taste

Preparation Instructions

Directions for salad

1) In a bowl mix together the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

2) Place chicken breasts in a bowl and pour the marinade over the chicken. Set aside while preparing the rest of the meal.

3) Heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat. Add about 1 tablespoon or so of olive oil to the pan. Let the pan heat up for a minute or two.

4) Once the cast iron is heated, sautee the peppers and onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables are soft, about 5 min.

5) Remove vegetables to a plate and set aside.

6) Add chicken to the cast iron. Cook 6-8 min per side or until cooked through. Remove chicken to platter and let cool. Remove cast iron from heat.

7) Add bell peppers and onions back to the cast iron and coat with the pan drippings.

Once chicken has cooled, slice chicken breasts and mix with the pepper mixture.

Now make the dressing. (note the dressing can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge)

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Dressing
Place garlic, lime juice, honey, balsamic vinegar, salt and the cilantro leaves in a food processor; pulse a few times to blend. Turn the food processor or blender on, and slowly drizzle in the olive oil until incorporated into the dressing. Season to taste with salt before serving.

For extra deliciousness add some shredded cheese and sliced avocado to the salad.

* Recipe for the chicken fajitas was inspired by and adapted from

The cilantro lime vinaigrette recipe was inspired and adapted from