Huevos Rancheros, for a Deliciously Skinny Breakfast



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Huevos Rancheros is a classic Mexican dish consisting of fried eggs covered with salsa, beans and cheese all served on fried tortilla’s.  It’s a menu favorite at diners, sit-down restaurants and fast food joints throughout the western states.  What makes my recipe skinny is using scrambled egg whites, a small amount of reduced-fat cheese and not frying the tortillas.  Most of the ingredients you might already have on hand.  Each fiber-rich serving has 289 calories, 7 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS I hope you’ll give it a try.  It’s really good!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes


Ingredients

1 tablespoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

½ cup scallions, chopped

1 cup (8) egg whites

½ cup tomatoes, chopped

½ cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed

¼ cup salsa, I like Pace Chunky (medium heat) or your favorite salsa

4-Mission Yellow Corn Tortillas-Extra Thin (40 calories each) or your favorite corn tortillas

¼ cup Sargento Reduced-fat 4 Cheese Mexican cheese or reduced-fat cheddar

Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions

1. In a medium nonstick pan, melt butter.  Add scallions and sauté for about a minute, until soft.  Pour in egg whites, tomatoes, beans and salsa.  Cook on medium-high heat stirring with a rubber spatula, until eggs are done.

2. Place 2 thin tortillas on each plate. Divide and place the egg mixture on top of the tortillas.

3. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons of cheese.  Sprinkle with a pepper to taste, if desired.

4. Serve at once with extra salsa on the side.

Makes 2 servings


Food Facts

The name, Huevos Rancheros is Spanish and means ‘rancher’s eggs’.

Carl’s Jr says they created their Huevos Rancheros into a burrito so it’s more portable and can be eaten on the go.


Healthy Benefits

Egg whites are a high quality protein, super low in calories and contain no fat or cholesterol.

Black beans are packed with fiber, iron, and B vitamins.

Salsa is made from tomatoes, which are rich in hearth healthy lycopene.  In addition, chili peppers, found in salsa, contain an active ingredient known as capsaicin which has been shown in studies to have anti-inflammatory effects.


Shopping Tips

I love the ease of using containers of “All Whites” available in most supermarkets in the fresh eggs section or use 8 egg whites for this recipe.

I used Mission Yellow Corn Tortillas-Extra Thin.  These have only 40 calories each.  Most corn tortillas have 60 or more calories.  They’re available in most large supermarkets.  If you can’t find them choose another brand.


Serving Tip

Add melon slices or fresh berries on the side to serve with this dish. If you’re looking for a cocktail to serve with these Huevos Rancheros, try my recipe for:

The Perfectly Skinny Bloody Mary Cocktail

 

Calorie Saving Tip
If you want to cut down the calories more, top the egg mixture on one tortilla instead of two.


Weight Watchers
(old points) 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
289 calories, 7g fat, 24g protein, 33g carbs, 6g fiber, 507mg sodium, 4g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 Carl’s Jr Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Burrito
660 calories, 34g fat, 30g protein, 60g carbs, 0g fiber, 1150mg sodium,