Tuesday, November 5, 2013

No Guilt Chicken Taquitos

It's Tasty Tuesday! And since it's Taco Tuesday I wanted to share a quick and easy meal that I'm sure the whole famly will enjoy. I know mine sure did! I grew up eating my mom's homemade chicken taquitos, we would have them almost every week and if it wasn't chicken she would stuff that taquito with whatever we had and FRY IT!! And boy was it good but not the healthiest of meals when you can devour 4-6 taquitos in one sitting, week after week, year after year... It's no surprise I was a little heavy growing up. But now that I know better I do better.

The last few months I have tried to find healtheir ways of preparing some of our favorite meals to keep them as our "favorites" with our new healthier lifestyle.  One of them is my "NO GUILT Chicken Taquitos with Guacamole" My husband LOVES the fried chicken taquitos from Albertos (They're all over Southern California) but they're yummy food is not so great for the waist and when he brings them home they are so tempting...so to avoid a disaster I have made my own version! 




What you will need:

- White Corn Toritllas, as many as needed
- Homemade shreddded chicken (you can use the stuff in a can or a roasted chicken from the deli)     I used 2 chicken breast to make 8-10 taquitos
- Pam cooking spray- or cooking oil, olive oil... (you will use this to coat your tortilla)
- Onion
- Tomatoes
- Avocado (2)
- Lime
- Salt
- Lowfat shredded cheese

Directions:

I usually have my chicken pre cooked to save on time, or I also use the roasted chicken from my deli section when I'm crunched for time.  To make your own I sater in a sauce pan to a boil then, add the ckicken breasts and a few slices of onion and a dash of salt and that's it! Once it's cooled I seperate and keep in a tupperware for later use.  If you need some more help or tips this Better Homes article is great!

Warm your tortillas in a plastic bag or tortilla warmer so they are soft and easy to roll.  You can also use the comal or skillet but it takes longer :) Basic taquito rolling instructions from there... warm up your skillet or comal on med to high heat.  I lightly coat the taquitos with olive oil (with my fingers).  I sprayed my comal with Pam cooking spray and placed them with the flap down.  Once they get toasty I flip them over and the next 2 flips I lean them against one another to get the sides toasty also.

While your taquitos are toasting you will chop a few slices of onion, I use a 1 whole tomato sometimes 2, you can use cilantro and serrano chilis but we skipped them this time around.  I squeeze half a lime, sprinkle of salt into my mix and go at it...( I do mash the avocado first but I like to leave mine chunky)


Once your taquitos are done, you can place a generous scoop of guacamole and low fat shredded cheese.  I had some baby carrots and grapes on the side with my taquitos.  My hubby enjoyed his solo, no beans or rice requested and YES he did fill up!  My kids had theirs plain, I just made sure to keep theirs from getting too crunchy.  You can have rice and beans or a small salad.  Like I said, we have been eating more smaller and frequent meals so our dinners are much lighter now a days :)

Feel free to share and tag me on Facebook or Instagram if you happen to try these out, I would love to see how they come out.  

Thanks for visiting!
-Mari

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fitness for a Cause

I'm really excited for this time of the year and not just because the Holidays are officially here! But because it's almost 1 year ago that I decided to commit to something I felt would change my life and it has in many more ways than I had imagined.  It marks a big mile stone for me and I'm hitting it hard these next couple of months with different challenges to help meet your specific goals whether they be to eat healthier, get a better understanding about basic nutrition or to push your mind and body to the fitness level you never imagined possible.  With the Holidays approaching we can't lose sight of how incredibly fortuante we truly are.  Our health is something we can not take for granted.  It doesn't take much to get started, the point is to just START!

So if you in need a a jump start on your weight loss or to break through a plateau or are you frustrated with your own weight loss progress & need some direction? THIS IS FOR YOU!

* FREE Eat Good Feel Good - 7 Day Challenge!
BEGINS MONDAY, November 11th - but space is limited!!...
Included is:
- a complete 7 day meal plan
- a grocery list - a spot in a private accountability group
- free coaching & support
*RSVP's must be in no later than Friday Nov 8th
*Shopping list and menu will be made available Friday Nov 8th

*Optional* For best results you can chose to purchase a Shakeology 4pk Taste Sampler for $19.95

*BONUS* Those who actively participate will be entered in a drawing to win a FREE 3 DAY Shakeology Cleanse.
How to join: feel free to comment or message me here or on FACEBOOK TO RSVP.  
It doesn't end there, if you are ready to step it up and FULLY commit to your goals before the New Year and join one of my Challenge Groups with the purchase of a Beachbody Challenge Pack you will also GIVING BACK this Holiday Season!
Team Beachbody has announced that in the month of November we will be FOCUSED on "Giving & Receiving" That means anyone who purchases a Shakeology Home Direct or a Challenge Pack will RECEIVE a $20 coupon towards future purchases. Amazing right?  It doesn't end there, just wait until you hear the GIVE part ... it's WAY SWEETER if you like to help people in need.

For every Shakeology HD order that is made they will donate $10 to Feeding America and every Challenge Pack sold they will donate $20 to Feeding America! There is NO LIMIT on this. Their goal is to donate $500,000+. Each $1 contributed will pay for 9 meals! This means if you decide to join any one my "Fitness for a Cause" Challenge groups and get Shakeology or a Challenge Pack you are helping provide at least 90 meals to someone in need. Is that and Impact or what!

So you can help others all while helping yourself get healthy & fit! 



I am so happy to be a part of something that is bigger than any one person.  We are stronger together!  If you would like more information on my upcoming challenge groups feel free to visit the News and Events Section in the "Join our Team" tab or feel free to Contact Me!!