3 Delicious and Healthy 300 Calorie Mexican Recipes

3 Delicious and Healthy 300 Calorie Mexican Recipes
Carly Jacobs
This post is sponsored by SunRice
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have a theory that whatever big diet movement happened when you were a teenager, you will be forever scarred by it. For Mama Smaggle who was a teenager in the 70s, it’s fat. She’s terrified of fat and hasn’t bought anything but light milk for 30 years. For my friends that are in their 40s, they’re terrified of calories and have major dessert/cake/chocolate guilt. I’m a white carb-avoider because Jennifer Anniston made Atkins happen in the early noughties when I was an impressionable 17 year old. I’m never going to be able to eat a bowl of white rice without feeling like a giant tub of lard. I can’t help it. I can eat bacon without a second thought but a crusty white bread roll? FOR SHAME NAUGHTY SMAGGLE!

I’ve never given up on my good carbs though. Brown rice, lentils and quinoa are daily staples for me so I’ve teamed up with SunRice this month to introduce you to their new lentil rice. It’s like regular rice but with lentils in it. If you’ve never tried lentils before, let me tell you they’re a damn miracle food – they’re protein rich which means they keep you full for AGES after you’ve eaten them and they can turn almost any comfort food recipe into a healthy one.

I’ve been crazy busy this month so I’ve been cooking a pot of rice and lentils every few days and then leaving it in the fridge to add to salads or to make stir frys with during the week. I’ve been having a major Mexican moment with my food lately and I’ve adapted a few of my Mexican favourites to be low calorie, healthy and filling. These recipes work on the assumption that you have pre-cooked SunRice rice and lentils in the fridge but if you haven’t pre-made your rice just boil some up, it’s super easy and the instructions are on the packet. Here’s my 300 calorie Mexican recipes – enjoy!

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Healthy Mexican Omelette
 
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Serves: 1
What You Need
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon of taco salsa
  • Cooking spray
  • ½ cup cooked SunRice rice and lentils
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 small capsicum finely diced
What You Do
  1. Heat cooking spray in a fry pan.
  2. Whisk eggs with a fork and pour into frying pan, spreading evenly to create an omelette. Cook for 2 minutes, flip and cook the other side for 2 minutes. Place on a plate.
  3. Gently stir fry capsicum in the pan. Add the rice and stir fry until thoroughly warmed through.
  4. Place all vegetables, herbs and rice mixture on one side of the omelette, fold over and serve.
  5. Total calories - 311

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Low Calorie Mexican Wrap
 
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Serves: 1
What You Need
  • 1 wrap (I used a gluten free wrap but you can you use mountain bread or tortillas)
  • 65 grams of diced, cooked chicken breast (dinner leftovers or sliced deli chicken is also great)
  • ¼ cup of SunRice rice and lentils
  • 20 grams shredded cheese
  • 30 grams of avocado
  • 1 medium diced tomato
  • 1 teaspoon of taco salsa
  • 1 handful of kale
What You Do
  1. Chuck all the ingredients in a wrap and shove it in your pie hole!
  2. Total Calories - 355

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Low Carb Mexican Salad
 
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Serves: 1
What You Need
  • ½ cup of SunRice rice and lentils
  • 1 small tin of corn
  • 50 gms of avocado, finely diced
  • 1 medium tomato, finely diced
  • 1 cup of finely diced purple cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 small cucumber finely diced
  • 4 finely chopped jalapenos
  • Lime juice
What You Do
  1. Chuck all the ingredients together in a bowl and you’re done! You can also add salsa if you like.
  2. Total calories - 298

 

I just love Mexican flavours – coriander, jalapenos, chilli – when life slows down a little (November? February 2015???) I’m totally going to make a giant Mexican feast complete with Coronas and lime.

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Are you a fan of lentils? What’s your most favourite lentil recipe?

23 Comments

  1. Oh my! Fear of white carbs AND a love of Mexican! I feel we are kindred spirits. 🙂 I have carbolinia, I’m working on getting it into the formal handbook of diagnoses at present. These ideas are great- thanks! Love me some lentils. I throw lentils into patties where I can, and stews, but this looks much more fab! x

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I love lentils. There’s this amazing chicken lentil stew recipe that I love and I can’t wait for winter so I can try it with the lentils and rice!

  2. Christine 5 years ago

    Sounds yum Carly. I love Chef’s Choice blends – there are several varieties, but basically it’s rice, sprouted brown, red, white, black or wild, mixed with lots of other stuff, including split peas, baby chickpeas, dakon radish seed, green lentils, couscous, quinoa, depending on the blend you choose. It’s a bit hard for me to find locally so I usually buy it online. I’m also a 70s teen and used to worry about grams of fat – more recently come to the conclusion it is carbs and sugar that are the enemy. Once that penny dropped I was able to shed a few kg and still get to enjoy cheese and yoghurt (plain Greek). Xx

    • Author
      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      Definitely! Fat is great! I’m a child of the low carb revolution and I’ve recently switched back to mainly full fat stuff. I eat heaps less of it and it’s way more tasty.

    • T 5 years ago

      Oh my gosh, that mix sounds amazing. I’m going to try and find it! ????

  3. Kelly NH 5 years ago

    They look delicious! So much colour :o)

    • Author
      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I LOVE Mexican food. We were so full after shooting this! 🙂

  4. Tahlia Meredith 5 years ago

    Yummo!! Also that rice + lentils looks amazing, definitely going to try some 🙂

    • Author
      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I have so many bags of it! I’ll hook you up! 🙂

  5. I’ve never braved lentils but I think I just might. That salad looks amazing!
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

  6. Cilla 5 years ago

    dude, JAniston was on the Zone diet. I think…. 😀

  7. Louise Thomsen 5 years ago

    These look GREAT!! I too was an Atkins disciple at one point…I think I almost got sick of eating bacon…ALMOST lol. I look forward to making these – and what a super cool product! Lou xx

    • Author
      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      It is actually very awesome – I’m going to be using it in salads all summer!

  8. merilyn 5 years ago

    I always love your healthy looking meals smags!
    thanks for sharing!
    my sister does a mean lentil patty … don’t love lentils myself!
    it’s nearly aitkin for me … high protein, low carbs including quitting sugar!
    anyway the weight stays off! also i don’t drink alcohol anymore! … i know … what a b wowser!
    easy to give up and I thought I had the alcoholic gene!
    cheers m:)X

    • Author
      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I drink very sparingly these days and it makes such a big difference. I’ve been doing the 5:2 and I LOVE it! It’s totally changed my shape, I’m going to keep going! That’s why I do so many 300 calorie meals for the 5:2

  9. Fortunately for me, I’ve always been too much of a food loving piggy to form any kind of phobia with food. And then there’s my husband. Potatoes are the devil, but eating 1L of ice cream in one sitting is A-OK. I’m slowly educating him (can you tell I love hot chips)…

    • Author
      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      Oh I’m a food loving piggy! I’m just a reformed far too greedy piggy! 🙂 I fully support a 1L tub of ice cream scoff. You can tell him that from me.

  10. Yum! totally sending this link to hubby who is on food patrol for the next few weeks because I am on total rest duty!

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