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)
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/03/taco-lettuce-wraps/

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The Ultimate B.L.T.T Sandwich

What is better than a BLT sandwich? A BLTT sandwich!!! This is a sandwich that is loaded with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and turkey. Also not to mention, the turkey and bacon in this sandwich is from Hormel NATURAL CHOICE,  and they are free from hormones, nitrates, and nitrites.

My favorite way to enjoy bacon is when it is crispy like the one in this sandwich. When you bite into this you get the delicious flavors of Hormel NATURAL CHOICE smoked deli turkey meat, and the smoky flavors of crispy bacon. When it comes to ingredients; the best options are always the natural choices. I am so glad I discovered Hormel NATURAL CHOICE when I did because I have used many of their products and they are all so great. I am particular when it comes to foods I use because I love to incorporate as many natural ingredients as possible and leave out the “junkie” ones, that we are so familiar with these days. It is very important to be sure to read the nutrition labels when you are at the grocery store because you can learn so much from them.

This sandwich is so easy to prepare and I guarantee you it will be a hit! Another great ingredient that you can add is avocado instead of the aioli or in addition to the aioli.

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The Ultimate B.L.T.T Sandwich

The Ultimate B.L.T.T Sandwich

Ingredients

2 slices of sourdough bread; toasted (optional)

4 slices of Hormel NATURAL CHOICE Bacon; cooked until crispy

4-6 slices of Hormel NATURAL CHOICE Smoked Deli Turkey

3-4 slices of tomato; I like my slices somewhat thicker

2 stalks of romaine lettuce

Stone Ground Dijon Mustard Aioli

3 Tbsp Stone Ground Dijon Mustard

3 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 clove of garlic; crushed and finely chopped

Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Spread the stone ground Dijon mustard aioli on both sides of the sourdough toast. Layer the turkey meat, bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes. Cut in half, and enjoy!!!
  2. *To cook the bacon: Heat a large frying pan on medium to high heat. Place bacon stripes on pan and fry for about 3-5 minutes on each side. When both sides are cooked and crispy looking, lay on a dish lined with a paper towel. (This will absorb any access grease, and it will also make the bacon crispier).
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/06/the-ultimate-b-l-t-t-sandwich/

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Chinese Chicken Cobb Salad with a Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette

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I love Cobb salads and I also love Chinese Chicken salads so I decided to combine the two! You can even add shrimp or another type of seafood or meat if you would like as well.

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
4 cups romaine lettuce; chopped
1 avocado; cubed
4 ounces of grilled chilled; chopped
1 (12 ounce) can mandarin oranges; drained
1 (12 ounce) can corn; drained
1/4 cup green onions; chopped
1/4 cup red bell peppers; chopped

Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp honey (heat in microwave for 10 seconds to melt)
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

Steps:
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together sesame oil, slightly melted honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder, and vinegar. Add lettuce and toss together with tongs until evenly coated.

2. Assemble salad on plate or bowl with the salad on the bottom. Then top with rows of mandarin oranges, bell peppers, avocado, chicken, corn, and green onions.