Pupusas are a delicious dish that many people love to dig into. If you're on a diet, however, you may be hesitant to make a batch out of fear of ruining your progress. No need to worry! We've got a great pupusas recipe here that's healthy enough for anyone on a diet. Let's dig in.
1 lb. chicken breast, ground
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 lb. lowfat mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 small onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium green pepper, seeded, minced
1 small tomato, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups instant corn flour (masa harina)
6 cups water
1. In nonstick skillet, sauté chicken in oil over low heat until it turns white. Stir chicken constantly to keep it from sticking.
2. Add onion, garlic, green pepper, and tomato. Cook chicken mixture through. Remove skillet from stove and let mixture cool in refrigerator.
3. Meanwhile, place flour in large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to make stiff, tortilla-like dough.
4. When chicken mixture has cooled, mix in cheese.
5. Divide dough into 24 portions. With your hands, roll dough into balls and flatten each into 1/2–inch thick circles. Put spoonful of chicken mixture in middle of each circle of dough and bring edges to center. Flatten ball of dough again until it is 1/2–inch thick.
6. In very hot iron skillet, cook pupusas on each side until golden brown. Serve hot.
Yield: 12 servings
Serving size: 2 pupusas
Each serving provides:
Total fat: 7 g
Saturated fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 33 mg
Sodium: 223 mg
Total fiber: 5 g
Protein: 14 g
Carbohydrates: 38 g
Potassium: 272 mg
Tips for Maintaining a Diet
Eating healthy doesn't have to be hard. A lot of people mistakenly think that dieting means having to give up on your favorite foods in exchange for infinite salads, fruit, and chicken. That just isn't the case. While all of those foods are great for people trying to lose weight, there are plenty of other dishes you can eat on a diet.
If you want to continue eating your favorite foods while trying to lose weight, you'll just have to make some adjustments. Just like how we adjusted pupusas for this healthy recipe, you'll want to reduce the fat and calorie content of your favorite foods to make them diet-friendly. This can be as easy as substituting one or two ingredients for lower-fat versions. Some dishes may require a little more effort than that, but if you want to continue eating your favorite foods, it's worth it.
Ultimately, dieting shouldn't be seen as a chore or as some sort of punishment for being overweight. It's simply a means by which you can achieve a healthier life. By making changes to your favorite recipes to make them diet-friendly, you'll make it a lot easier for yourself to stick to a dieting plan. You'll start to see the pounds fall off in no time!
One thing to note: if you don't see significant weight loss over time despite sticking to a healthy diet and exercising, it may be time to visit your doctor. Some conditions can make it difficult to lose weight. If you have a problem that is inhibiting your weight loss, a doctor can help you address it. Never turn to extreme measures to lose weight; always consult your doctor instead if you find you're struggling.