Philly Cheesesteak Wrap–Portions Matter!

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So, I’ve been craving a Philly cheesesteak wrap with whole leaf lettuce for a while. I used to get it at school for lunch almost every day, but since I don’t know what their calories look like, I vetoed spending nearly $7 for a small sandwich and made my own.

Ingredients:
Mission Whole Wheat Taco Wrap (I bought mine at Wal-Mart so please feel free to substitute a healthier, organic option! My wraps were also too small, so buy a large kind!)
1 Burger patties (organic is better! I used what I have in the fridge which is the generic Kroger brand)
Whole Leaf Lettuce (as much as you want in your wrap)
1/3 cup sliced onion (won’t use the whole thing)
1/3 cup sliced green pepper (won’t use the whole thing unless you want to)
2 slices your choice of cheese (I used Swiss. I don’t recommend that).

Turn the heat of the stove to about medium and use a fairly large skillet. Place burger patty in skillet. If frozen, wait until somewhat cooked and try to chop it up using the sharper end of the spatula. Once fully cooked, if you don’t want the full burger, you can remove some of the meat and use in a later dish. Add in peppers and onions.

On a side plate, lay flat the wrap. Add the whole leaf lettuce and cheese slices. Once the burger meat is fully cooked (peppers and onions should also be cooked–you can usually tell by if they are browning a little or a side is burnt), transfer skillet contents to the wrap. Fold the bottom and the top over the contents and then wrap from left to right trying to keep the wrap from breaking (mine inevitably always does).

And ta da! Yummy wrap. Mine was only 350 calories. For a Philly cheesesteak wrap, that ain’t half bad.

I would recommend plenty of substitutions with this recipe. Use only one slice of cheese and change it to provolone, use an organic wrap, use organic meat, and lots of leaf lettuce. I wouldn’t use the whole burger patty either since they are usually huge. You can also use a veggie burger and this would work just as well. Of course, using a larger wrap and different cheeses will change the calories, but that’s OK.

The problem with these kinds of meals is portion size. As long as you pace yourself, drink plenty of water before and during the meal and maybe throw in a side salad, you should recognize when you’re getting full. If you know the wrap is too large, cut it in half and make it like a restaurant’s Pick 2 and pair with a salad or soup.

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If you try this recipe, let me know your results! What did you change? How was it?

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