I'm always on the look out for low-fat and low-carb recipes that my family will love. This recipe for Southwest Lettuce Wraps is just the ticket! I simply took the filling for the Southwest Spring Rolls that I plan to serve at my Super Bowl party and and wrapped it in lettuce cups. That way, I don't have to make one recipe for my family and one recipe for me. Nothing takes the motivation out of dieting faster that having to cook two meals!
Southwest flavors are a great way to lighten up your meals. The flavors add a spicy, fresh taste and the lettuce cups add that little crunch everyone craves when dieting.
Here is a repeat of the Chicken with Black Bean Salsa recipe that I used for the spring rolls. I just add a little pico de gallo, fresh avocado and crema to the lettuce wrap to add some freshness, but that is optional.
Chicken with Black Bean Salsa
4 chicken breasts
2 tomatoes, diced
1 ear fresh corn or 1 cup frozen kernels
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
½ onion, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
1 tablespoon garlic, finely minced
salt and pepper to taste
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill or roast (a grill pan works well for this and saves a lot of time). Remove skin from chicken and dice.
Toss together tomato, corn, black beans, onion, jalepeno and garlic. Add chicken.
Avocado Pico de Gallo
1 large tomato
¼ cup cilantro
1 tablespoon jalapeno, finely diced (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste.
Dice tomato, onion, avocado and jalepeno. Mince cilantro. Toss together and add the juice of one lime. Salt and pepper to taste.
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-- posted by Sandy