Sunday, February 6, 2011

Surprise!! Fabulous Fiesta Bowl...not what you'd expect!

Fabulous Fiesta Bowl
Muy Grande Sabor!!

Who can pass up a good Mexican flavored meal?  We are kind of missing our weekly trip to our favorite Mexican restaurant and we aren't willing to give up our healthier lifestyle to do so...this means I had to come up with something healthy as an alternative that would be tasty, but not kill us with carbs and calories.  So, I did a little experimenting today, and this is what I came up with:

Fabulous Fiesta Bowl
19 oz. Honeysuckle White 97% fat free Ground Turkey
1 can Rotel Original Tomatoes with Chiles
1 can Goya Black Beans (I know...carbs...bad....but read on...), rinsed. 
1 head Cauliflower; flowerettes only
Penzey's spices: Adobo, Cumin, Chipotle Pepper; 1/2 tsp. each
Liquid Smoke
Olive Oil

Top with: Sliced Avocado and just a sprinkle of shredded sharp cheddar or 1 oz. Queso Fresco

Serves 8

Using your food processor, put 6-8 pieces of the cauliflower florettes into the processor.  Don't put too many pieces in, nor should you use really large pieces.  Pulse in short shifts and watch as the cauliflower chops into rice like pieces.  Don't over process--you'll have cauliflower sand!  Put into a bowl after each batch is chopped.  Repeat until all cauliflower is "riced".  Add Adobo, Chipotle, and Cumin.  In a large skillet, pour about 1 Tbsp. juice from Rotel tomatoes and a scant turn of Olive Oil.  Heat skillet well, and pour in bowl of cauliflower.  Begin mixing together right away, stirring continuously to mix spices through and through.  Remove from heat.  (Don't cook until kind of want to "fry" the mixture)

Give a large skillet 2 turns of Olive Oil and heat well.  Brown ground turkey, breaking up with a spatula as it browns.

Add Rotel tomatoes, black beans and the cauliflower mixture into the skillet with the browned turkey. Add just a few shakes of Liquid Smoke. Fold all ingredients together, keeping heat on medium high.

Once all ingredients are mixed well, serve immediately...Top with avocado slices and cheddar cheese/Queso Fresco cheese. 

I know, I know....the black beans!!!  The carbs!!!  But look at this way:  This recipes makes 8 servings (4 if you're really hungry)...and we didn't serve it with rice, which is a killer for carbs and calories....

Here's the breakdown per serving:
208 Calories
8 grams Fat
51 mg Cholesteral
522 mg Sodium
10 Carbohydrates
2.4 G Fiber
21.3 G Protein

NOT BAD, huh??!!!!

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