Archive for April, 2008

I Love Fajitas

All last week I was craving fajitas. I miss my weekend post-workout fajita meal. This weekend I put together some homemade fajitas marinade and pico de gallo. I marinaded both steak and chicken, cooked up some red, green, yellow bell pepper and onion strips and used a dollop of non-fat greek yogurt in lieu of sour cream (Fage really does taste more like sour cream than plain yogurt.) I also ate mine in a bowl with no tortilla, but you could wrap these in a nice regular flour tortilla or get one of the low carb varieties.

Fajita Marinade

juice of 1 lime
2 tsp olive oil
4 cloves minced or crushed garlic
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

In a large ziploc bag mix all ingredients. Add strips of sirloin, chicken or shrimp. Marinate in the fridge at least 2 hours or overnight.

Pico de Gallo

2 tomatoes, diced
1 small red onion, finely chopped
juice of 2 limes
2 Tbs chopped cilantro
1 jalepeno pepper minced
salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy!

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Oat Pancakes

Probably anyone reading this blog has made the standard “fitness” oat and eggbeaters pancake. Mostly, it’s equal parts oats and eggbeaters with a little cinnamon and Splenda. From there you can doctor it up with all kinds of add-ins, but that’s the basic. I started making those in 2001 and let me tell you, I thought I was an innovator!

This morning Bobby Flay was making pancakes and as I was watching I thought – huh. I can make pancakes. Real pancakes. Fluffy, light, golden pancakes. With ingredients I already have on hand all the time. And I did. And now I share them with you:

Amy’s Oat Pancakes

1/2 cup oat flour (put oats in a food processor and blend until fine)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 packet Splenda
1/4 cup baby food prunes (prune puree, no sugar)
1/4 cup eggbeaters
1/4 cup non-fat Fage
2 Tbs Hood Carb Countdown fat free milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup Sugar Free maple syrup

Mix all ingredients except maple syrup in a bowl. The batter will be darker than real pancake batter because of the oats and the prunes, but the consistency should be very similar. If it’s too thick, add a little more milk.

Make sure your griddle is liberally sprayed with Pam and over med-high heat. I got 4 good size pancakes out of the batter. Cook the first side until the edges get tiny bubbles and a matte finish, then flip and cook the other side. Should get a nice golden color.

Put on a plate and drizzle with sugar free maple syrup. I would say this is two servings, despite the fact that I ate all four pancakes in one sitting. 🙂

Makes 2 servings. Each serving:
150 calories
1 g fat
25 g carb
3 g fiber
10 g protein


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Amyella (pronounced Amy-ella) is a pseudonym for Amy Levitt, a fitness and health food fanatic and a beach girl at heart. She has been sharing her sometimes nonsensical thoughts and self-amusing stories online since 2002 and currently spends a good deal of her time wrangling her 90 pound Rottweiler and 60 pound Boxer. Which is quite a show.
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