My obsession with Tex-Mex flavors this summer is making me nervous.
Nobody wants to be Guy Fieri. Except maybe Guy Fieri. He seems pretty happy to be him.
Now I’m questioning the blond highlights I got a couple of weeks ago. If I start describing things as “money!” feel free to throat punch me.
The thing is that there is so much flavor in Southwestern-inspired cuisine and when you are trying to cut back on calories, you need savory and spicy to keep your palate from protesting in boredom and send you into uncontrollable cake craving.
During the day I am sticking to protein smoothies, protein bars and raw veggies. The only real meal I have each day is dinner. And I keep going back to the same flavor profiles when I plan the weekly meals.
Last week we had fish tacos with mango salsa and jicama slaw. We had chopped salads with extra cilantro and cilantro dressing. We had grilled cumin-crusted sea bass, with lime, which I am adding to every beverage I drink except my coffee.
Last night we had chicken fajitas. While I was chopping the veggies for that meal, I did the prep work for tonight’s dinner: barbecue chicken pizza.
(Hint: Use Flatout Bread as a crust and it’s thin, crispy and amazingly low in carbs and calories. And it tastes great. Be careful to evenly distribute the toppings and you may need to eat it with a fork.)
I was trying to think of something different to make while at the grocery store yesterday and all I could think of was ceviche. Sigh.
I need some international inspiration for food. So excuse me now while I check the price on flights to Thailand and Italy.
Any suggestions that are low-cal, low-carb and NOT Southwestern/Mexican flavors would be much appreciated.
BTW: Tickets to the Thailand and Italy are hella expensive.