No Guilt Taco Salad


I admit that I have a long lasting relationship with food that could never be broken. Yes we need food to survive but I'm talking a relationship folks. I LOVE food. This love for food has driven me toward a deeper appreciation of what to eat, when to eat it and the time it takes to prepare sustainable, health enriched food.


But let's be honest, I have two kids that are now in this house with me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some nights they lack the patience for me to make boxed Mac and Cheese. Have you ever seen a movie or TV show with Viking Warriors all gathered in a great hall waiting for a feast? All of them with their swords and axes banging on grand tables, "Feast! Feast! Feast!" That's a fair depiction of my household on nights that my kids simply can't wait the 30-45 minutes for me to put a beautiful, health enriched meal together for them. Sure I can drive through somewhere for an easy meal but I can't cheat on my food all the time. Relationships take work!


On that note, Mexican inspired dishes make my soul happy . However they don't always allow my pants to fit quite the same. This recipe truly meets me in the middle. It's a quick, easy and healthy version for one of my all time favorite meals. BONUS... my little Viking Warriors also enjoy!


Ingredients:


- 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey

- 1 tablespoon olive oil

- 1 pack taco seasoning

- Romaine lettuce, chopped

- 1 can fire roasted tomatoes (optional)

- Plantain Chips

- Fresh cilantro

- Salsa

- 1/4 avocado


Directions:


1. Using a large skillet, warm the olive oil in the pan

2. Place the ground meat in the pan until almost browned

3. Add taco seasoning with 1/4 C of water to avoid the meat sticking to the pan

4. Once meat is browned, (I like it a bit crispy) add the can of fire roasted tomatoes and let simmer. You are welcome to swap this out for cherry tomatoes for a fresher tomato option!

5. While the meat is simmering, wash and chop your romaine lettuce and prepare your toppings. (Buy a bag of pre-chopped romaine lettuce to save on time for the Viking nights!)

6. Line the bottom of your salad bowl with plantain chips

7. Place meet and cheese on top of the chips, followed by the lettuce

8. Top the salad with avocado slices, salsa and fresh cilantro


Note- You are welcome to add more toppings but I keep them simple to avoid further fat and caloric intake.


Enjoy feeding your soul!



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