Shhhhhh – 5 people ate 16 cups of veggies with this meal – fajitas, pico de gallo, guac and more!

IMG_0481This was a fun meal - to make, to serve and to eat. On this platter went: chopped lettuce, guacamole, pica de gallo and tomatillo salsa verde (green salsa) plus a little fat-free sour cream. It is actually a huge 16 inch platter that was put in the center of the table.

And it was used to have everyone participate in a make-your-own chicken fajita burrito - complete with rice, beans, corn, chicken fajitas, blue corn chips and sundried tomato tortilla wraps.

You see, I like to be clever when serving guests. There is  no way I am going to abandon my healthy cooking strategies but I want to keep fantastic flavor and a fun factor when serving everyone who comes to eat at our house.

I had bought all of these ingredients while shopping in Walmart the other day and I was most inspired to come up with something Mexican/Southwestern when I saw the delicious tomatoes, ripe avocados and the great selection of tomatillos. Today I picked up key limes while riding our weekly 62 mile bike ride to Robert's Produce Stand.

This meal did take a lot of chopping, if truth be told. But with a sharp knife it can be done fast. And I believe I can chop all of that faster than I can go to the store and buy the salt-laden stuff - the key was having it all on hand.

Platter:

Pica de Gallo:

  • 4 ripe tomatoes, core, cut in half, squeeze out seeds and dice
  • 1/3 poblano mild pepper, seeded and minced (can also use Tabasco sauce)
  • 1/2 cup green onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 lime -fresh juice
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice to taste

Guacamole:

  • 1 Florida avocado (light variety), cored, peeled, diced
  • 1 Haas avocado, cored, peeled, diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/2 lime - juice
  • dash of dried oregano
  • pinch of chopped poblano or mild chili pepper

Green salsa (grind all in food processor):

  • 8 tomatillos, peel outer husk and core
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • dash hot sauce

1 bag romaine or butter lettuce, shredded

2 cups fat-free sour cream

Other Ingredients:

1 can pinto beans, no-added-salt

1 bag blue corn chips

1 bag tomato flavored tortillas (these were low in fat and salt)

4 ears of corn, cut in half and boiled until tender, about 3-5 minutes

6 cups cooked brown rice

8 ounces chicken breast tenderloins - sauteed with 1 red bell pepper and 1 sliced onion, seasoned with lime juice, oregano, garlic

You can chop all of the platter ingredients in advance, cover and refrigerate. Put tortillas and chips in bowls and set to the side. Cook corn, rice and chicken together and serve hot in separate bowls. Reheat beans and tortillas briefly in the microwave at the last minute. Serve all family style and watch the veggies disappear fast - this served 5 people and we have enough left over for me to have for lunch the next day.

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