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Okay, Kitchen Chickens… this one is for you!

By far the quickest and easiest way to get your Mexican fix, this requires so little actual cooking that I don’t even think it can legally be called a recipe!

And, even though I like cooking, I have this at least twice a week. Sometimes it’s dinner, sometimes it’s lunch, sometimes it’s just my 10:30 a.m. feeding. (What? Doesn’t everybody have one of those?)

Here’s all you need….

1 can of Rosarita refried beans, black, green chili, vegetarian or original (you’ll just use a bit and save the rest.)

2 corn tortillas

Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, a little avocado, a teaspoon of shredded 2% cheddar and a bit of chopped green onion,  fat-free sour cream and salsa if you like.

Just pre-heat your oven to 400.

Spray your tortillas with a bit of oil and sprinkle with salt.

Toss them on the racks of the oven and set the timer for 8 minutes. (They may need 9 to get crispy all over….but watch carefully after 8 or they’ll burn.)

Place the tortillas (110 calories for two) on a plate. Top with 1/4 cup of beans each (90 calories for the half cup that covers both) and load up with lettuce, tomatoes, a sprinkle of cheese and avocado, green onions and salsa…

Crunchy, filling, and hugely satisfying for under 300 calories!!



About Lisa McRee

After 25 years as a local and network anchor, Lisa was just another American mother struggling, and failing, to lose weight. Finally, she cracked the code, and lost 30 pounds, quickly and for good, by doing what she loves: reporting, cooking and eating! The Skinny is the inside story on how she did it, and how you can, too!
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  1. Beth Munnelly says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I am so excited to find your website, strategy and recipes. I too, am 50 years old, active and have gained and lost the same 10, 15, 30 lbs. a million times. As I faced another “diet” decision I read your story and realized that I am at a stage in my life where I need a “way of life” vs. a “diet”. I am not a cook and my children eat way too much processed foods. I really would like to learn to cook healthy but tasty foods for my family that can be slightly modified to suit everyone’s tastes. Please write a book! I love having a “how to” book at my fingertips (must be my age) in addition to online content.
    Thanks so much!

    • Lisa McRee says:

      Hi Beth, I’m so glad you found the site and realized, just as I did, that “diets” are such a waste of time…Eating well–real foods rather than processed stuff– will not only help you lose weight, it will help you keep it off for life! I am working on a book and, hopefully, will get it finished in the new year. Until then, I’ll keep posting and you keep cooking! Good luck and thanks for writing! xolmc

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