Happy Cinco Low-Carb Enchilada De Mayo

Today, I made myself a great protein snack.  Since it is Cinco de Mayo, I decided to go “Mexican”–but low-carb.  It was My low-carb enchilada.  It is easy to make and I have enough for 3-4 at a time, so I make a few and refrigerate.  This way I don’t have to cook nightly, but if you have the ingredients and you have done this more than once, it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to do this.  You just need a stove and a flat pan.

Here is the link to the recipe.


Here was what I made today.  One for today, two for other days.  I used low-carb tortilla, non-fat sour cream, low-sodium turkey meat (diced), lite Mexican blend cheese.  A couple of minutes each side cooked–whallah!


YUM!  Happy Cinco de Mayo!

A Weight Loss Product Line With Many Choices. Delish, and Low-Carb Proteins

Heard of Jenni-O?

They make turkey patties, sausage links, turkey breast slices, turkey breast meat, low sodium versions, taco-seasoned turkey meat of all kinda, Italian-seasoned turkey meat of all kinds, , turkey steak, turkey bacon, turkey meatballs, etc, etc.


Some days I make the meatballs, some days I cook the breakfast sausage.

Today, I bought some taco-seasoned ground turkey meat and just threw it in a pan and cooked, turned and cooked it until it was done. 5 to 10 minutes. Now, I can have it by itself as a snack, with some cheese and/or guacamole on it, with some salsa, tomatoes, and/or in a low-carb tortilla. Easy and tasty, and sometimes I need something more than eggs that is easy to do or have in the fridge.


The meat is 2g of carbs per 4 ounce serving. So, this one out of the six daily proteins you should eat to keep your metabolism going is very low in carbs and tastes great. And it is inexpensive and easy to do. And when you need a snack, it is tasty. I can also put it on a salad at lunch and have a taco salad. Melt some cheese on it! Yum.


Low Carb Taco Bell-esq Crunchastic Supreme

Another Mexican-style food that tastes great and can be made at home.

Low Carb Crunchastic Supreme like at Taco Bell.  This is a meal that ends up being less than 10g net carbs and tastes great.


This is a low-cal version of a Taco Bell favorite at home. Roll up your sleeves, chica, and get busy!

1 large low carb tortilla, (just picked some up from Trader Joes at 4 net carbs each)
3 baked corn tortilla chips (take away a lot of carbs if you just skip this part)
1/4 cup drained 98% fat-free chunk white chicken breast (previously packed in water)
1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
One-third plum tomato, diced
1 tbsp. fat-free sour cream
1/2 tsp. dry taco seasoning mix
2 dashes cayenne pepper, or more to taste

Using a fork or knife, break up the chicken so there are no large chunks. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chicken, cheese, taco seasoning mix, and cayenne pepper, and mix well. If you like, season to taste with extra cayenne pepper. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until cheese begins to melt. Set aside.

Warm the tortilla in the microwave for 10 seconds (making it easier to fold without ripping), and then lay it out on a flat surface. Place the chicken mixture in the center of the tortilla. Flatten the mixture into a circle, keeping it about 2 inches from the outer edge of the tortilla. Next, layer the tortilla chips on top of the chicken mixture. Evenly top with sour cream, lettuce, and tomato.

FOLDING INSTRUCTIONS: Starting at the bottom of the tortilla, fold edge up a few inches to the tortilla’s center. Then, going around the edge of the tortilla, repeatedly fold, overlapping sections to meet in the center for a total of about six folds, until filling is completely enclosed. (Trust us, it’s easy!)

Bring a pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat, and carefully place the folded tortilla in the center of the pan with the folded side down. Heat for 4 – 5 minutes, until the tortilla is browned. Carefully flip it with a spatula, and heat for another 30 – 60 seconds. Now chew it up!


Serving Size: 1 Crunchtastic Supreme (entire recipe)
without the chips, about 5-6 carbs for the entire tortilla filled wrap

Trader Joe’s Sonoma Low-carb tortillas.


This is an example of low-carb tortillas.  this one is at Costco and Markets.





The Skinny on Mexican Food

Recently. I read that almost 33 percent of Mexicans are obese, making it the most obese nation in the world,

We have a huge population of people in the U.S., who are also obese and eat Mexican food. So, is Mexican food fattening?

The issue is that due to high prices in Mexico, the regular population cannot afford the vegetables and fruit, so they stick to the American Junk food items (hamburgers, soda, pizza) and the cheaper Mexican meals.

Mexicans wryly call their foods of choice, “Vitamin T”–the tacos, tamales and tostadas. These foods anchor their diet and are much of the problem. Once reserved for special occasions, the carbohydrate and lard-loaded dishes now get gobbled daily.

That wasn’t so much a problem in past generations, when most Mexicans lived on the land, worked hard physical labor and couldn’t afford a daily feast. These heavy carved foods are not meant for daily consumption. And the more sedentary lifestyles, combined with the ability to eat as if it were a party most days, has helped lead to the country’s girth growth.

There are plenty of healthier choices like broth-based soups, fresh fish, salads, vegetables and fruits. But those tend to be more expensive for the Mexican poor and working class. And the heavier fare is just so good and addictive. Carbs are addictive.

People who eat Mexican food this way on America are also facing a weight challenge.

I went to a Mexican restaurant recently, after being afraid to eat Mexican food and I ordered a grilled chicken salad. It was delicious. Lettuce, guacamole, cheese, tomato and seasoned grilled chicken–served with a guacamole dressing. I am pretty site my meals was under 10g of carbs, compared to a burrito with the heavily-carbed rice and beans, at 50 or 60g of carbs.

My salad was tasty, filling and I will stay thin with it. I don’t want to go over 100g of carbs a day. This is the right way to eat and even the old school thinner Mexican way to eat. We need to learn that we can’t eat party style every day. We need to eat right and only eat Vitamin T on special occasions.


The Best of Fast Food: Chipotle

So, I finally went to Chipotle.  I have to admit that I was scared to go because I heard about the size of their burritos and my husband always gets his food in a bowl smothered in rice and beans.  So, I heard it was made with your choice of food items, so I went.  So glad I did.

I had a salad and I got to choose the ingredients.  I had no rice or beans because the carb count on those items is astronomical.   Please, look at the size of a measuring cup.  It isn’t that big.  So, if you get minimally, a cup of rice in your bowl, brown or white–the carb count is 44g.  REMEMBER, DIETS should have between 50 and 100 grams of carbs per day.  44g in one meal is too much!  And now for the beans.   One cup of beans (net grams due to so much fiber in it, assisting the body) is 23 g for black beans and 26g for pinto beans.  If you do both rice and beans–70g of carbs is a lot!  So, taking that out of the meal can be a real diet enhancer.

WIth the salad, meat, cheese, dollop of sour cream, dressing and salsa, my delicious salad should have been less then 10g of carbs in total.  That is AWESOME for a meal.  Granted, I am supposed to have two servings of veggies, but the tomato in the salsa was qualifying for that.  You could get guacamole, a cup of it in net carbs is about 5 grams.

Here is the picture of my salad at Chipotle.  I will be going back.  Everything is organic, without hormones in the meat and fresh.  You order what you want and it was all for less than $7.  They also have Coke Zero!