Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Trim Taco Salad


With a lot of 93% lean ground beef in the fridge, left over from the Guilty Pleasure Pizza-With Less Guilt I made a few days ago, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to make for lunch today.  I was starving and Mr. W and Em were restless and impatient.  Taco's sound delicious!!!!  But, today I am eating healthy, so how about a Trim Taco Salad?  Even more fantastic!  Made over a bed of lettuce and Roma tomatoes with just enough dressing and tortillas to satisfy.  That is the perfect healthy lunch for us.

Now, if you have it in your budget I would recommend using 96% lean ground beef, the calories are lower and the fat is remarkably lower!

Trim Taco Salad
4 ounces 93% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon Mrs Dash SW Chipotle seasoning
3 cups romaine hearts, chopped (approximately 4 ounces)
3 Roma tomatoes, ripe-chopped (approximately 6 ounces)
2 tablespoons reduced fat ranch dressing (I used Kraft-Light Done Right Ranch)
1/2 ounce of tortillas (crushed with your hands)
1 tablespoon 2$ milk reduced fat Mexican four cheese blend (I used Lucerne from Safeway)

Preheat a small non stick skillet over medium high heat.  Lightly sprinkle with salt.  When hot, add the beef and seasoning mix.  Cook the beef, breaking into small-medium sized chunks as it cooks.  About 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat.

 
Meanwhile, place your lettuce, tomatoes, chips and ranch in a bowl and toss well to coat.


Pour salad mixture onto a large serving plate, add beef mixture.  Garnish with a few reserved chip pieces and the cheese.  Serve immediately.

VARIATION FOR PICKY EATERS:  I served the beef mixture over Peppered Baked Brown Rice then added the crushed tortilla chip, sprinkled the cheese and added 1 tablespoon of hot sauce.  That was Mr. W's lunch and he was tickled pink!!

This recipe serves 1.  Double, triple, quadruple or whatever.  I made 2 pounds of the ground beef mixture.  Then served 3 ounces of the cooked meat for each person.


Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com

15 comments:

  1. We have taco salad for dinner at least once a month here :) its so delicious and can be healthy as you've shown here! My favorite dressing is to take a little sour cream (1-2T) and mix it with 1/4 c salsa. Creamy salsa dressing :)

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  2. My husband would love this but I'm not sure I could be so well behaved! I like my taco covered in cheese, sour cream and wrapped in a fried tortilla! I need to follow your example :)

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  3. I'm forever making tacos. This would be such a nice change of pace. Thanks for suggesting it, Donna. I'm definitely looking forward to it.

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  4. This looks great, Donna. I have taco salad on the menu for next week. Now, I'm thinking about making it sooner than that!

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  5. great recipe, great idea. Love a taco salad in general

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  6. I think I know what we are going to have for dinner tonight. This looks delicious and I really want to give your recipe a try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  7. Great recipe! I love taco salad but dislike the calories. What a perfect combo.

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  8. Mmmm I love Roma tomatoes.They are so plump and juicy.And what a great combination you made with other ingredients.I am sure they compliment each other and make the palet happy:)Greta recepie.

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  9. Super salad - got to give this one a go!
    Mary x

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  10. Taco salad is such a favorite of mine but, I always feel guilty eating it. I love this lighter version. You still have all the yummy stuff.

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  11. Oh, this sounds great...I'll happily take any type of taco salad...love it!

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  12. This sounds refreshing and perfect for a summer lunch! Love those colors on your salads.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and became a follower. Truly appreciate your sweet comment also. Just became your newest follower. You have a lovely blog here and I sure will check back often. Take care.

    Amy

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  13. our family loves tacos and taco salad is one of our favorite things to do. It is just so great and light and fun. Wonderful post and pictures

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  14. HI, I just became your newest follower...and special fan of yours! What a FANTASTIC blog! I've benn all over it copying recipes all morning! Thanks for all the great food....yum!

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