A Healthy Taco Salad

I know, I know, taco salads are typically associated with bar food, horrible eating habits, and WAY too much beer!! 


But that doesn’t mean we can get all the healthy benefits of this super salad … you just have to control consumption. 

 
Try this at home … it’s delicious and a perfect quick spring time meal!

 

You’ll Need

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 (19 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 small carrots, julienned
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into thin strips

Directions

  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. 
  • Add the turkey, and stir until crumbly and no longer pink. 
  • Season with chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, kidney beans, and salsa. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture is simmering and the beans are hot, about 5 minutes.
  • Divide the lettuce, carrots, and red bell peppers among 4 serving plates. 
  • Spoon the turkey mixture overtop to serve.
 

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Smoked Salmon Pasta

Salmon is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids which aid in cholesterol control and overall heart health.

You’ll Need

  • 8 ounce smoked salmon
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups green beans or chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 pound pasta, cooked
  • Capers, optional
  • Salt and pepper

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Vegetable Frittata

Frittatas are a great way to use up veggies that are almost out the door. Give this one a try but experiment with your own veggies too.

You’ll Need:

  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups scrubbed, chopped zucchini
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes
  • 6 large eggs, beaten

Directions:

  • In skillet, cook onions and green pepper in butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil stirring, 5 minutes.
  • Add zucchini, cook covered 4 minutes.
  • Add garlic, salt and tomato, cook stirring, 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to bowl.
  • Cool.
  • Add eggs.
  • Over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in 10″ ovenproof skillet.
  • Add egg mixture, cook 3-5 minutes till underside is set.
  • Bake preheated 400 F degrees oven for 1 to 2 minutes till puffed and golden.
  • Cut into wedges.

Endive Beet and Red Onion Salad

This dish provides some great color and is a nutritious and delicious side.

You’ll Need

  • ½ pound raw beets, trimmed
  • 3 heads of Belgian Endives, medium
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley

Directions

  • Place the beets in a saucepan and add water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil until the beets are tender, about 30 minutes, depending on the size or age of the beets.
  • Drain and let cool.
  • Remove the skins and slice the beets.
  • Trim off the bottom of the endives and cut them into 1 1/2 inch strips.
  • Drop the pieces into cold water.
  • Drain and pat dry.
  • Peel and slice the onion.
  • Combine the mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in a salad bowl.
  • Add the oil and blend well with a wire whisk.
  • Add the beets, endive, onion and parsley.
  • Toss well and serve.

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