500 Calorie Meal: Chicken Tacos with Cauliflower Tortillas

Chef Lo here.

I am obsessed with turning cauliflower into all different kinds of things – pizza crust, pita, chips, tortillas. You name it and it can be done. It’s a great sub for all things corn or flour based because when dried out and baked it really holds its shape. A head of cauliflower clocks in around 140 calories and as a veggie, it’s just plain good for you.

Cauliflower tortillas take some tender love and care to make but once finished, the final product is so worth it. They are absolutely DELICIOUS. If it wasn’t so lazy I’d make them all the time and eat them exclusively for tacos, but alas, that doesn’t always happen. Today though, IT’S ON.

For this 500 calorie meal challenge I had a lot of fun putting together a really satisfying meal that’s exceptionally delicious. I chose chicken legs over the breast for the depth of flavor and moisture, and added some unique toppings like pickled radishes, chimmichurri sauce (I didn’t make this at home – it’s left-over from a restaurant meal), and roasted mini bell peppers. All together these tacos are a flavor explosion in your mouth. Better yet, they are super low cal and quite nutritious – full of protein, good carbs, and good fat. Each taco is about 160 calories so you can eat until your tummy’s content. 3 tacos comes in at 492 calories – quite a meal!

I hope you enjoyed my Instastory of creating the cauliflower tortillas πŸ™‚ And I hope you make and enjoy these tasty taco treats! It is Tuesday after all!

Raw Cauliflower Tortillas

 

Chicken Tacos with Cauliflower Tortillas

Each cauliflower tortilla in this recipe is about 50 calories. A meal of 3 tacos with a single chicken drumstick and thigh between those tacos, along with toppings of pickled radishes, roasted mini bell peppers, and chimmicurri sauce comes out to about 490 calories! Yum!

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 1h
  • Total Time: 1h 20m

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken legs, skin not eaten (308 calories, 154 calories per serving - drumstick and thigh
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (80 calories, 40 per serving of chicken)
  • 2 eggs (144 calories, 72 calories per egg)
  • 1 head organic cauliflower (147 calories)
  • 8 pickled radishes (3 calories/radish)
  • 1 cup roasted mini bell peppers (80 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons chimmichurri sauce (136 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (0 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (6 calories)

Total Calorie Count: 164 Calories/Taco, 3 Tacos = 492 Calories

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and once hot, 1 cup of mini bell peppers to a baking sheet and roast until browned and cooked through.
    2. Also add the two chicken legs, covered in olive oil, salt and pepper (skin on - you can take it off later). Cook through for about 35 to 40 minutes until no longer pink inside.
    3. While baking, prepare the cauliflower! Remove all the florets from the head and add to a microwave safe bowl. Add a few tablespoons of water to the bowl, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes until the cauliflower is soft.
    4. Once the cauliflower is soft, drain and add to a food processor. Pulse the cauliflower until it's in pieces about the size of small grains of rice.
    5. Using a clean kitchen towel, pour the cauliflower rice out and allow to cool for a few minutes. Then squeeze out as much water as you possible can by twisting the towel around the cauliflower. Do this at least 10 times - you want the cauliflower to be as dry as possible.
    6. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 eggs, paprika, salt, and pepper. Add the dried cauliflower rice and mix together. The consistency should not be too watery. Spoon out the mixture into 6 balls and flatten and shape with a spoon into a tortilla.
    7. Bake at 375 for about 8 to 10 minutes, then flip once they begin to brown and finish cooking for another 5.
    8. Put the tacos together by taking the skin off the chicken and shredding it with a fork, adding the chicken to each cauliflower tortilla. Add toppings - chimmichurri sauce, roasted bell peppers, and pickled radishes. Enjoy!

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