Fajitas for Weight Loss
In the summer time we want to eat light and stay on the go. In
the winter time we donít want to put on those extra pounds.
So here is a bachelor recipe (no measuring) to make delicious
fajitas (as I write this, I have to admit, I donít know what the
heck a fajita really is; Iíve never ordered one at a restaurant Ö
but hey, letís go with it) youíll ever eat.
First you have to find a low carb wrap. This isnít as easy as it
sounds. There is no such thing as an organic low carb wrap. There
are some good ones, but these are all so tiny they make little tiny
things and we want something that is simple, big enough to fill us
up. If we have to make two or three, thatís not simple.
The wrap I found was made by La Tortilla Factory, their Smart &
Delicious, Whole Wheat, Low Carb, Low Fat, Original, Larges Size
Wrap (tortilla). There are 80 calories per wrap, 18g of total carbs,
but 12g of dietary fiber (important because the more fiber the
slower the carbs are turned to sugar and the slower blood sugar
rises). There are no trans fats, but there is a bit of canola oil
(which I would prefer not to be there).
You can buy in bulk (online) and store them in the freezer. To
defrost, just take out one package and let it sit overnight. To heat
one up, lay it across an ungreased hot pan for a few seconds on both
Here are the ingredients youíll need (not all are absolutely
Lettuce (I prefer romaine)
Peppers (I prefer the red, yellow, or orange over the green peppers)
Onion & Garlic
Tomatoes (I prefer cherry tomatoes sliced in half over dicing large
Bok Choy (optional)
Chinese cabbage (optional)
JalapeŮos (chopped up, fresh or pickled)
Your favorite cheese (grated)
A hot sauce (I use Frankís Red Hot Sauce)
Another hot sauce (if you want it hotter, such as Daveís Insanity
Cayenne Pepper (if you want it hotter; there are some very hot
versions out there)
Black Pepper (course or fine)
Finally your choice of meat: lamb, beef, chicken, pork, venison.
Find yourself a nice size frying pan with high edges. Then youíll
want to slice up the onion, no need to chop it fine. Crush the
garlic or chop it/dice it.
For you gourmets, you can add a little wine to the pan before you
heat it up.
Chop up all your veggies and the JalapeŮos. Pour your hot sauce
into the pan just covering lightly the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle
in your spices, the cumin and black pepper (add your hotter pepper
sauce now or the cayenne pepper) and then add all the veggies. Stir
them all up well and cook them on a medium heat right up till they
start to brighten their colors. We donít want to over cook them.
Next, add the meat. We are low heat cooking and we do NOT want to
overcook the meat. Except chicken and pork; you want those well
cooked. The beef, lamb, venison can just be heated nicely. For these
meats, the less they are cooked the healthier they are. I cook my
chicken and pork separately and just toss that in with the veggies
at the end to warm up.
Now, if youíve added too much liquid hot sauce (the veggies will
produce a bit of liquid too while cooking) you might want to thicken
of the sauce by sprinkling in some arrow root powder and then
Lay out a warm wrap, place some lettuce on it, and sprinkle on
some cheese. Spoon out the cooked ingredients over that, sprinkle a
little more cheese, place some lettuce over that, wrap it up and
The meal is way under 400 calories no matter how you pack this
baby. The hot sauces, pepper, onions & garlic will keep your
metabolism high and just digesting the meat will burn quite a few
calories. This is easy to make, healthy, light and tasty. Youíll be
out on the tennis courts or golf course in no time.
Additionally, you can add refried beans to this recipe to make
burritos. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber.