28 July 2009

Taco Salad Bowls

4 whole wheat tortillas
cooking spray
taco seasoning
1 large onion (diced)
8 oz. lean ground turkey
1 cup beans (kidney, black, pinto, etc)
2-1/2 tsp Chili powder
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp Salsa, divided
2 Tbsp light miracle whip
4 cups torn salad greens
1 large tomato
shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
cilantro (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Crumple 4 large sheets of foil to make four 3-inch balls; place on baking sheet. Place 1 tortilla on top of each ball; spray tortilla with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with taco seasoning. Bake 6-8 minutes or until tortillas are golden brown. (tortillas will drape over the balls as they bake.)

Meanwhile, saute the onion in a large nonstick skillet. Then add meat, beans, and chili powder and cook until meat is done (stirring occasionally). Add 1/2 salsa; cook 2 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Mix miracle whip and remaining 2 Tbsp. salsa in a large bowl. Add salad greens and tomatoes; toss to coat. Spoon salad mixture into tortilla bowls; top with meat mixture, cheese (optional) and cilantro (optional) (point value doesn't include cheese).

This one is kind of tricky to give you a points value for. You can really mix it up to get a lower point value depending on how many points you want it to be. BUT it's about 6 points per bowl.

The meat mixture is about 14 points. I didn't measure it this time but I'm guessing it makes about 10 - 1/2 cup servings (5 cups). So if you fill your taco bowl with lots of lettuce and top
it will 1/2 cup of meat it could be less than 6 points. I also use the Don Pancho High Fiber Low Carb Low Fat wraps and they are only 1 point per wrap. So that can bring the points down too. I generally don't put cheese on mine because it adds more points than I want. This is all sounding really complicated but it's not. Let me know if you have any questions and I will try and help out.

I've had fun with this recipe and am still trying to master making the perfect taco bowl. I put my tin-foil balls into a bag and store them so when I make the recipe time and time again, I'm
not needing to make the balls each time. Also, you can get creative with the spices that you use to season your tortillas. I've enjoyed the taco seasoning but you could use chili powder, season salt, etc. We enjoy this dinner! I make this for "Taco Night" a couple times a month and it doesn't ever disappoint.

1 comment:

Jon and Janice said...

CILANTRO, ANYTHING BUT CILANTRO. I HATE CILANTRO. From now on just call it "C" We are going to try this one this weekend. I have a friend trying out the zucchini fries in a few weeks when his zucchini have grow up a bit.
sly mom