Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Turkey Taco Bar

On a busy week night, dinner time can often sneak up on you. Then your asked by each of your hungry family members, "So, What's for dinner?". The perfect answer to satisfy diverse tastes is "Turkey Taco Bar". The turkey taco meat is so simple to make and is the perfect healthy stand-in for ground beef. The only cooking involved is of the ground turkey meat, mixed with a packet of taco seasoning. Serve the meat with a low calorie, high fiber brand of soft tacos, such as La Banderita Extreme Fiber tortillas. Place whatever taco toppings that your family enjoys in small bowls. Set up everything in a buffet-style fashion so that each person can go down the line to create their perfect mexican meal. Make sure to add fresh veggies such as lettuce, tomato, and onions for a boost of flavor and nutrients. When it comes to other condiments, use the following guide of substitutes and tips to keep your calorie and fat intake in check. Mexican food does not usually provide low carb, high protein entrees, but by following this recipe, your overstuffed tortilla can do just that.

Condiment Substitutes and Tips

  • Swap sour cream for 0% plain Greek yogurt and save 45 calories per serving
  • Swap full-fat cheddar cheese for fat-free shredded cheddar cheese and save 65 calories per serving
  • Guacamole brands can range in calories. Look for brands with lower amounts of fat and calories. A great choice is Wholly Guacamole Guaca Salsa for 30 calories and 4g of fat per serving.
  • While most salsa brands are low in calories, look for one that has no added sugars.
  • For added protein, choose fat-free refried beans such as the Old El Paso variety or low-sodium black beans.
  • Tomatoes, lettuce, and onion are great additions for bulking up your tortilla with fiber and nutrients.
  • If you prefer an extra spice, add sliced jalapenos or hot sauce for no added calories.

serves 4

1 pound ground turkey breast meat
Taco seasoning mix, such as Old El Paso
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 flour tortillas

Follow the directions on the back of the taco seasoning packet, adding minced garlic to meat while cooking for extra flavor. Top tortillas with meat and condiments of choice.

Nutrition: (one tortilla, using La Banderita Extreme Fiber tortillas and Old El Paso seasoning mix; condiments not included) 215 calories, 21g carbohydrate, 34g protein, 1.5g fat, 12g fiber


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