Taco Lettuce Wraps

I can eat tacos just about any night of the week..however that can’t happen but these definitely can suffice my taco cravings! They are also very simple and easy to make.

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Taco Lettuce Wraps

Serving Size: 8-10

Taco Lettuce Wraps

Taco Tuesday's just got better with these!

Ingredients

1 lb of ground turkey meat (or ground beef)

Olive oil; a drizzle

1/4 cup white onions; chopped

Homemade Taco Seasoning:

2 tsp hot chili powder

1 1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)

8 romaine lettuce leafs

You favorite toppings (I used cheese avocado, and cherry tomatoes)

Instructions

  1. Heat a frying pan to medium heat. Drizzle olive oil and add chopped onions. Sautee for 3 minutes until light brown. Add in ground turkey and all of the seasonings. Stir constantly until the meat is fully cooked (about 10 minutes).
  2. Once cooked and cooled, spoon in taco meat into lettuce leafs. Top with your favorite toppings (guacamole, salsa, sour cream, pico de gallo, cheese)
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Baked chicken, bean, & cheese flautas

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These little bites of heaven are so easy to make and they can also be a great addition to any party or potluck! You can even cut them into thirds to make bite sized flautas. Since these are baked–not fried or greasy like traditional flautas, there is no need to feel guilty here. Indulge a little and enjoy!

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:
6 whole wheat tortillas
1 15 ounce can of refried beans (I used black beans)
3 small chicken breasts (cooked & seasoned with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or mexican mixed cheese
1 tsp butter; melted
Optional:
Guacamole (my fav!)
Salsa
Sour Cream

*Try my grilled guacamole recipe by clicking here!

 

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut cooked chicken into small cubes or you can shred it with a fork.

2. Spoon about 2 Tablespoons of beans on each tortilla and then sprinkle with a half of a handful of chicken and then best for last….top with cheese. You can put as much as you want but I sprinkled about 2 Tbsp on each tortilla.

3. Roll tortilla, as you would if you were making cinnamon rolls (roll from end to end). Repeat 6 times with each tortilla. Place flautas on baking sheet and brush melted butter on top (to prevent them from burning). Sprinkle more cheese n top and bake for 15 minutes until everything is melted to perfection. Cut in half and serve with your favorite mexican dips such as salsa and guacamole!

*Quick tip: to cook chicken, spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray or drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil. Cook on medium heat and add chicken. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Cook on both sides for about 4 minutes each or until meat is completely white.

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Healthy Breakfast “Pizza”

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The best way to start your day is with a good breakfast (obviously!) so this has become one of my new favorites. It is so satisfying and hits the spot every time.

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1 whole wheat tortilla
1/4 ripe avocado
1 pan fried egg
A handful of spinach
Cherry tomatoes (optional)

Steps:
1. Warm a tortilla in a hot oven for a few minutes until softened. Spread avocado on tortilla and top with spinach and cherry tomatoes. Top with pan fried egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Amazing and delicious in every bite! I could eat this every morning..

Easy and Light Crab & Shrimp Cocktail

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There is really no right or wrong way to make these Mexican styled cocktails. I am a huge fan of them especially when I am wanting to eat something cool and light in the summer time. I love tomato juice (weird I know)..but Clamato juice is better for this recipe in my opinion. The longer it sits in the fridge, the better so everything can absorb together.  You can add more or less of any ingredients and it will still be delicious! So if you like it spicy, add hot sauce! Oh, and this is also another healthy dish that you don’t have to feel guilty for 🙂

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
1 pound of cooked shrimp; cut in half
1/2 pound imitation crab meat; coarsely chopped
1 cucumber; seeds removed and cubed
1 1/2 cups Clamato Juice
1/4 cup cilantro; chopped
1 green onion; chopped
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp hot salsa
1 avocado; cubed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 whole lime
1/2 lemon

Steps:
1. Throw everything in a large bowl…squeeze in the lime and half of the lemon and mix! EASY. Let sit in refrigerator for a few hours or until chilled. I love dunking tortilla chips in this as well when I’m feeling extra hungry.
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Egg & Avocado Toast

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This is always my go-to post workout snack or breakfast. Why?  because it’s absolutely perfect. Not only do you get your protein, carbs, and all kinds of essential nutrients from the avocado but it only take me 5 minutes to make (be sure you hard boil your eggs the day/night before). I don’t know about you but after I workout I am usually hungry and want something healthy, clean, and nutrient-rich. This is so simple and satisfying I almost didn’t post this but I thought it would be a helpful little idea for all of you who like to eat healthy and workout like me, so enjoy!

All you do is:
Toast a piece of whole wheat toast
1 Hard boiled egg ( Click here too see my how to:boil an egg tip)
1/4 sliced avocado
Sprinkle of salt & pepper

Spread your avocado on your toast and then top with sliced hard boiled egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and there you go! Nutritious and delicious!