08 November 2009

Facelift Number Nine - Chili's Southwestern Egg Rolls

Thank you all so much for your patience! As I explained in my last blog post, last weekend was my birthday and Halloween so it was busy!

I've done a previous facelift for a Chili's dish, but until today I haven't attempted my favorite appetizer of theirs: Southwestern Egg Rolls. My boyfriend and I would split this as an appetizer nearly every time we'd go to Chili's in college. It's so yummy, but as you'll soon see, it's so easy to make at home!



For wontons:
16 wonton wrappers
.5 cup canned corn (no salt added variety)
.5 cup black beans (low sodium variety)
1 cup baby spinach
1 tsp minced garlic
1/8 haas avocado
1/2 tsp Trader Joe's Chili Pepper Hot Sauce
1 tbsp cilantro

For sauce:
2 tbsp nonfat greek yogurt
1 tsp Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb
juice from 1/4 of a lime

Ready? You better be!


Cook the spinach with the garlic until wilted.

Rinse the beans under cold water for 1 minute and dry on a paper towel.

Put spinach, corn, beans, hot sauce, and cilantro in a food processor and...

...blend until combined and beans are broken down a bit.

Dice 1/8 of the avocado.

Put a teaspoon full of the mixture in one wonton and top with a couple of pieces of avocado.

Lightly moisten two edges of the wonton and fold in half, pressing down lightly so it's sealed. (I keep a small bowl of water next to me so I can just dunk my finger in it to use for the wontons.)

Moisten one of the corners of the wonton and pinch it to the other corner.

Arrange on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes at 400 degrees F...

...until golden brown!

For the sauce, mix the yogurt, Mrs. Dash, and lime juice until combined.

Makes 2 servings of 8 wontons each and half of the sauce for each serving. Enjoy!

Remember this is for one 8 wonton serving!

635 fewer Calories (-69.8%)
55g less fat (-96.1%)
14g less saturated fat (-100%)
14g less carbs (-18.8%)
15g less protein (-53.7%)
1g less fiber (-17.1%)
1499mg less sodium (-76.5%)

If you were to eat all 16 of these wontons and all of the sauce, you'd still have consumed less than half of the original's Calories, sodium, fat, and saturated fat!

Similar to other facelifts of mine, protein and fiber decreased, which was not intentional. You could counteract this by adding some kind of meat substitute (just watch out for the sodium!) but you can just pair this with brown rice for some more fiber, or quinoa for fiber and protein.

Full recipe HERE and, as usual, please leave a comment here or on SparkPeople or e-mail me at FastFoodFacelift@gmail.com with your ideas, suggestions, critiques, etc.


  1. The black beans are going to have both protein and fiber, so if it doesn't throw off the flavor too much, you could probably up that as a substitute for some of the corn.

  2. These were fucking delicious. Is it OK with you if I make a Youtube video of me making and eating these for my blog? Of course I'd link back to you. :)