Oh, the New Year’s Resolution. We all make them. Even if we say we don’t, we’re lying, as I truly believe some part of you gets to thinking that it’s a new year and new chance to make some positive changes. I mean, I really don’t think anyone wakes up on January 1st and declares, “This year, I’m going to drink more, and, while I’m at it, I think I’ll pick up smoking and skip any form of exercise!” Unfortunately, these resolutions have become a cliché, as most of us drop them within the month, which is a shame.
Prior to January 1st, 2011, I resolved, not to start eating healthier, but to go back to the track I was on prior to the beginning of November. Yes, going all the way back to November there was a steady stream of events: Carter’s 2nd Birthday Party, Parents vising from Colorado, Work trip to Philly, Thanksgiving, Getting together with friends, Christmas celebrations, and, of course, New Year’s Eve. These events all included delicious food, cocktails, and, at times, scrumptious desserts. Of course, I could have been “good”, but I wanted to enjoy myself, and for a foodie, that means giving things a try. Also, family get-togethers MUST include wine. There’s really no two ways around that one. J If you follow the blog, please look forward to quite a few new posts on healthy, and delicious, meals to get you on track as well. I added in the delicious part since I believe it’s vitally important that you enjoy what you’re eating, otherwise it will be all too easy to go back to the “bad” foods in full force.
One final note, before I get onto the actual recipe, if you know me, you also know that I enjoy my share of bad foods. I have no shame in that. Though, what I always try to ensure is that these “bad” foods are kept in moderation. So, while I never plan to give up McDonald’s completely, I do my best to limit it to 1 time per month, and then make strategic choices when I do go. My standard order is a hamburger, small fry, and a medium diet coke, which clocks in at 480 calories. You’ll find that most nation-wide restaurants have very accurate nutritional information on their websites, many of which are interactive. Check them out and become educated on your choices. You’ll be surprised to learn just how big of a difference switching your grande caramel macchiato from 2% to skim milk makes (50 calories and 6 grams of fat), or what skipping the whipped cream can do (skipping 130 calories and 12 grams of fat).
When I saw this recipe courtesy of Cooking Light on MyRecipes.com, I knew it would be a great start to kicking things off in the right direction. Not only was it a delicious, healthy, and meat free dinner, the leftovers have provided quick and healthy lunches. I made only minor adjustments to the original recipe: increasing the chipotle powder and adding fresh cilantro to the toppings. Feel free to adjust to your family’s particular tastes.
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 clove Garlic, minced
- 1 tsp Chipotle Powder
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ½ cup Water
- 1, 15 oz. can Black Beans, drained
- 1 15 oz. can Kidney Beans, drained
- 6 Tbsp Refrigerated Fresh Salsa
- 6 10″ Reduced-Fat Flour Tortillas (such as Mission)
- 1 cup Reduced-Fat Cheese, Cheddar and/or Monterey Jack, shredded
- 1 ½ cups Roma Tomatoes, chopped
- 1 ½ cups Romaine Lettuce, shredded
- ½ cup Cilantro, chopped
- 6 Tbsp Green Onions, thinly sliced
- 6 Tbsp Light Sour Cream
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
- Stir in chile powder and salt; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in water and beans; bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in salsa. Partially mash bean mixture with a fork.
- Warm tortillas according to package directions.
- Spoon about 1/3 cup bean mixture into center of each tortilla. Don’t overfill!
- Top each serving with about 2 1/2 tablespoons cheese, 1/4 cup tomato, 1/4 cup lettuce, 1 tablespoon onions, and 1 tablespoon sour cream; roll up.