Monday, January 25, 2016

Ropa Vieja Nachos

As you guys know, I have been slowly trying to add more recipes to my blog, specifically recipes that are "Macro Friendly" since my husband and I have been following the IIFYM diet for about a year now. We are always looking to spice things up because I think the main reason people fail when dieting or trying to eat healthier is because they don't like what they are eating. We LOVE food & being healthy so we definitely didn't want to fall into that trap.

Ropa Vieja is a Cuban dish that is super easy and sooo delicous. The best part is that it's a crockpot meal, which makes it even easier. It's typically served with some white rice, black beans, and fried plantains. We were in a nacho mood so we put ours on top of some homemade tortilla chips, cheese, and black beans. Soooo good!

Crock pot Ropa Vieja is a Cuban dish that is super easy & macro friendly. We served ours nacho style! Macro count included (iifym, diet food)


Ingredients:


  • 1 pound flank steak
  • 3 tbs cumin
  • 1 cup chicken broth (yes, chicken not beef)
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tbs distilled white vinegar
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt (more to taste/as needed)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bell pepper (we used 1/2 red & 1/2 green bell pepper)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Nacho condiments, if desired (we used tortilla chips, black beans, shredded "Mexican style" cheese & sour cream)
Directions:

  1. Rub both sides of steak with half of the cumin (1 1/2 tbs) and a dash of salt.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbs olive oil over medium-high heat and then sear steak until browned on both sides.
  3. Add steak to Crock Pot
  4. Chop bell pepper, onion, & cilantro.
  5. Add all remaining ingredients to crock pot and cook on low for about 5 1/2 hours or until meat shreds easily with a fork.
  6. Once finished cooking, use 2 forks to quickly shred meat (still in crock pot) and then let sit for about 15 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve over tortilla chips, black beans, & shredded cheese (nacho style)
**this will cook fairly quickly in crock pot because the meat is typically pretty thin & has already been seared on both sides.

Serving size: Makes 5 servings
Macros per serving: 11.8 fat, 14.8 g carbs, 29.5 g protein (macros for Ropa Vieja only, not chips & beans)


Crock pot Ropa Vieja is a Cuban dish that is super easy & macro friendly. We served ours nacho style! Macro count included (iifym, diet food)


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