Friday, August 26, 2011

Skinny Taquitos

Life can get pretty wild & crazy at times...I prefer to be busy though vs. bored. The best way to balance it out is some time with my girl friends! No one can pick you up, break up the crazies and make you laugh like a silly hyenia as much as a great group of gals. Earlier this summer one of my best girls and I shared these fabulous healthy taquitos that left us talking about them weeks later. They were just that darn good!

  • 16 small corn tortillas
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb extra lean ground chicken or chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup salsa (heat of your choice)
  • 8 oz fat free cream cheese

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium temperature. Add the onion and garlic, cooking until just tender about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken and cook through.

Sprinkle the chilli powder, paprika, cumin and salt in, mixing well. Add the salsa and lime juice, cooking until reduced and thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften so they are easy to roll.

Spread 1 tbsp of cream cheese on each tortilla. Evenly spread the chicken mixture in the center of each, then roll tight.

Place the tortillas seam side down on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until golden and crispy.

These are fabulous served with plain greek yogurt (instead of fatty sour cream), salsa or homemade guacamole (healthy fats!!!)

Serves 8 (2 taquitos to talk about each)

Per Serving:  220 calories, 3g fat, 28g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 20g protein

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