Monday, May 25, 2015

Lettuce Leaf Tacos

For those on a low-carb kick that love Mexican but want to avoid all the carbs in taco shells, try this alternative for taco night. It uses lettuce leaves instead of taco shells to make a dish that's halfway between a lettuce wrap and a taco. Low on carbs and still delicious! To make them ever healthier click here for an easy recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning

Helpful tip:   Using a pastry blender is a great way to break up ground meat into tiny fine pieces.  I discovered this tip years ago and it works great especially in a recipe like this where you want the meat to be crumbly.
      
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Ingredients:
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey 
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 tomato, chopped 
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced 
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 8 large romaine lettuce leaves
Directions:
  1. Cook ground turkey in olive oil with onion and bell pepper.  Break up ground turkey into little pieces with a spatula or a pastry blender.   Add taco seasoning and simmer until meat is cooked thoroughly. 
  2. Fill each romaine lettuce leaf with about 2 tablespoons meat filling; top with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped tomato and avocado ( or whatever your favorites toppings are)

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