Thursday, July 30, 2009

Portabello and Pasilla Tacos with Lime Rice

I love Rubio's Mexican Grill; my favorite thing to order there is the shrimp burrito. It's so creamy and shrimpy and tasty, but now that restaurants are providing nutritional information, I've been informed that it is over 700 calories. SEVEN HUNDRED CALORIES for a burrito!!!! These new nutritional guides are both a blessing and a curse. I can't NOT read them, so now I know how much my favorite foods cost me in caloric intake, which in turn forces me to decide: eat it anyway, or find a healthier option.

Well, I can't complain about being fat if I don't do anything about it. So faced with the news that my fav Rubios option is pretty much half of what should be my daily caloric intake, I perused the nutritional guide for a better option. Mmmm, taquitos were only 270, but they're deep-fried. Salads are unsatisfying and still in the 500-800 calorie range. Then I spotted the new "gourmet" taco menu. The portobello and poblano tacos are only 170 calories each. I seriously heart me some portobello mushrooms and I am a big fan of poblanos as well, so I promptly ordered 3 tacos. Hmmm, let's do the math here: 170 x 3 = 510 calories. Not exactly a lite lunch, but I stayed away from the chips, rice, beans, and was satisfied.

Here is my homemade version.

Portobello and Pasilla Tacos
This makes enough for about 3-4 tacos.
Printable recipe

3 large portabello mushrooms, stems removed, caps washed
1 large pasilla pepper (I couldn't find a poblano or I would have used that)
3 cloves garlic, diced
corn tortillas
shredded reduced fat Mexican-blend cheese
2 tablespoons crema
3 tablespoons fire roasted tomato salsa
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 lime

Combine the crema and salsa together in a small bowl. Set aside.

Roast the pasilla pepper until charred, either in the oven or over an open flame. Scrape the blackened skin off the pepper and discard. Chop the pasilla into large chunks, removing the seeds if you don't like a lot of heat, and set aside.

Cut the portobellos into thin slices. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the mushrooms and garlic and saute until soft and garlic is fragrant. Season with a sprinkle of salt, a generous dash of pepper, and the juice of one lime.

Heat the tortillas, sprinkle with a small amount of cheese and top with mushrooms and peppers. Spoon a drizzle of the crema salsa on top and serve with lime rice (see below).

Lime Rice

1 cup rice
2 cups water
2 limes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

If you have a rice cooker, throw the rice and water in the cooker, put the lid on, and turn it on.
If you don't have a rice cooker, go get one. Okay, fine. Bring the water to a boil, then add the rice. Continue cooking and stirring, over medium-low heat, until the water has nearly evaporated. Cover the pot with a lid and turn the heat off. Leave the lid on to trap the steam for at least 10 minutes.

Once the rice is cooked, squeeze the juice of one lime over the rice. Sprinkle the garlic powder over the rice. Stir the rice to coat all grains with garlic and lime juice. Taste. Decide what you think....add the juice of another lime if you want a stronger citrus taste, or don't. It's your food, you decide.

Nutritional Information (Tacos Only)
Note: This is edited from the original posting to include the cheese, which I previously omitted (accidentally!!).

Calories 168.6
Total Fat 6.1 g

Saturated Fat 2.5 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g

Monounsaturated Fat 2.0 g
Cholesterol 11.2 mg
Sodium 1,072.2 mg
Potassium 901.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 17.2 g

Dietary Fiber 4.7 g

Sugars 3.2 g
Protein 14.3 g


Ann In Fallbrook, CA said...

this looks very yummy - where did the recipe come from? MOM

Ann In Fallbrook, CA said...

this is an interesting method to cook the rice. most recipes tell you not to stir during the cooking period. how different is the texture with your way vs. mine?

Janet said...

I used to cook the rice that way so it wouldn't stick to the pot. Now I just use my rice cooker, which does all the work for me, so I have no idea how that works.
Basically, cook the rice however you like, and then add lime and garlic powder.

Janet said...

The taco recipe is basically my own...I just looked up the ingredients of Rubio's tacos and then attempted to recreate the flavors on my own. I did not use any recipe from a book or online or anything.

The lime rice recipe is adapted from The Mexican Cookbook.

Kate said...

Hi Janet! The lime rice sound great, I'm going to try that. Please email me -- email on my profile -- you've won my Cookbook Giveaway #8 at Warm Olives but your email address isn't on your profile.


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