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Lettuce Boat Taco Recipe

Lettuce Boat Taco Recipe

I love tacos! They are the perfect blend of flavors and you can mix and match toppings to suit your tastes. Everyone in the house is happy and we rarely have left overs on taco night.

Of course, now that I am eating “clean”, I have to think twice about all my meals, including tacos. I use the term loosely because everyone has a different definition of what that means. To me, eating clean means cutting out the following: added sugar, added salt, preservatives, white bread (which I haven’t eaten since I was 11 anyway), and most dairy. Therefore, I do as much cooking from scratch as I can. However, I’m not going to sit here and calculate macros and count carbs all day. I know what foods are healthy and what foods aren’t and go from there.

 

 

Cooking some ground turkey, I LOVE my cast iron skillets.
Cooking some ground turkey, I LOVE my cast iron skillets!

 

Clearly, I have to reconsider eating tacos with the salty taco seasoning, the carb filled shells, the sour cream, the cheese… oh how I love cheese! Taco salad is always an option, but when I’m on a diet I get so tired of anything with the word “salad” in it!
Luckily, I have a fabulous clean way to eat tacos that doesn’t include the bad stuff, and still tastes delicious. All it takes is a few variations on the usual taco recipe.

 

 

Hearts of Romain
Hearts of Romain

 

 

To make clean-eating tacos, follow these easy substitutions:

 

  • Use high quality ground beef, ground turkey or (my favorite) – pulled chicken, instead of low-grade ground beef

  • Use a salt-free Taco Seasoning. Home-made is the best choice ~ Here is my taco-seasoning recipe

  • Use Romaine lettuce leaves as taco shells. They have a nice boat shape, are very healthy, and have 0 carbs. They also have the crunchy texture

  • Use a salsa that has all natural ingredients. I love this organic Costco brand salsa

  • Ditch the sour cream and substitute Plain Greek Yogurt instead. Seriously! When all these flavors are mixed together, you can NOT tell the difference

  • Use a sprinkle of taco cheese blend. I know I need a little bit!

  • Add any other clean toppings you want!

    And there you have it! If you have any other healthy taco suggestions, leave them in the comments below!

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Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco Seasoning Recipe

One night I was making tacos and realized that I had forgotten to buy taco seasoning. I had already started preparing the meal, so I had to improvised! Honestly, I had never really thought about what was in taco seasoning, just that it was delicious! Honestly, have you ever considered what is in those tiny packets of taco seasoning? As it turns out, it is so much healthier (and cheaper) to make your own!

Although, this is my go to blend of flavoring for taco meat whether I am trying to eat healthy or not! It’s flavorful, delicious and inexpensive compared to what you pay for a packet of the name brand stuff. Here is my recipe for salt-free taco seasoning. Obviously, if you want salt you can add it (I would say about 1 teaspoon).

 

Salt- Free Taco Seasoning:

• 3 T chili powder (check the label to make sure the spice is salt-free)
• 1 1/4 T cumin
• 2 t pepper
• 1 t garlic powder
• 1 t onion powder
• 1 t red pepper flakes
• 1 t dried oregano
• 1 t paprika
• ½ t thyme

 

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OK. Now, here’s the hard part… Mix them all up, then put the mixture in a container. Seriously, it’s that easy! You now have your own homemade taco seasoning for cooking. I use these awesome spice jars for storing my seasonings!

That’s it! You’re done. Use about 2 Tbs for every pound of meat or adjust for your taste.

Now go make some delicious tacos and enjoy!

If you are looking for a healthy taco recipe, or if you just want an alternative to traditional tacos – check out my post on how to make lettuce boat tacos!

 

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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Ever wake up and have the craving for fresh squeezed lemonade? No? Me neither! But apparently the small humans that live in my household do and they will beg ALLLL day until I finally break and let the word slip out, “OK”.

 

  Wait… No! I meant no! Inside I start panicking…

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  But I’ve already said it. Those two letters that are a binding contract for small dictators. “OK…” I say again defeated.

 

So it begins. We hand squeeze lemons, but let’s face it, I am the BEST lemon squeezer in all of the land, so I have to do most of the grunt work. Plus, one of the kids always has a microscopic cut in their hand that burns when the lemon juice touches them.

 

Squeezing Lemons

“It’s been 20 minutes and we only have how much juice?” Alright it’s time to move on.

 

Lemon Juice

The kids love helping me stir all the ingredients together. Of course it is never sugary enough for them so we always have to add more sugar. Then they each need a turn stirring it, again.

 

Alas, we are finished. My kids have puckered lips and by this time, I may or may not have needed to add some vodka to my lemonade.

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If you are also interested in appeasing the tiny humans in your household, I have attached my recipe. You may want to double or triple it. This makes about a quart because that’s all the juice I can squeeze before going insane.

 

Ingredients:

  • About 6 lemons (7 if you want some fancy garnish)

  • 1 – 1.5 C sugar (tiny people say it needs at least 1.5 C)

  • 5 C water

Directions:

1) Hand squeeze lemons to get approx. 1 C lemon juice, or if you are smart you have a juicer. Set in the fridge to chill.

2) Make some simple sugar by mixing 1 C sugar and 1 C  water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Chill in fridge… or add ice cubes to cool if the little people are too impatient to wait.

3) Mix the remaining 4 C water, lemon juice and simple syrup into a pitcher. Pour over ice and enjoy! (Adding alcohol to your glass is optional)

 

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