Lettuce Wrapped Tacos – eat healthier tonight!
So, we are trying really hard to eat super healthy on the weekdays so we can splurge a little on the weekends. This plan just works out so much better for us…because we really like to eat pizza and drink wine on the weekends. I mean, who doesn’t?? We are also trying to eat fresh, whole foods. It’s amazing how much better I feel when I eat this way. I seem to wake up more refreshed, work out more, and just have more energy throughout the day.
The best lettuce to use is either large romaine leaves or butter lettuce. Either one will work just fine…butter lettuce is just a little more tender and the romaine is crispier. You can really top these tacos with whatever you like…this time I used ground beef, mexican queso fresco, tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and diced avocado. I usually use ground turkey and those turn out great as well.
I will describe below how I usually season my taco meat. I quit using those pre-packaged mixes because of the added chemicals and preservatives. It’s super easy and one of these days I will make a large batch of dry taco seasoning to keep with my spices!
- 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
- 1-2 Tbsp oil - for sautéing
- half of an onion - diced
- 2-3 cloves minced garlic (garlic powder will work fine, also)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 3/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- Saute the onions in the oil for about 3- 5 minutes.
- Add your meat and cook until browned. (If the meat is very low fat, add a couple Tbsp water when cooking)
- Add the rest of the ingredients to season the meat and simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes.
- Serve in the lettuce wraps with desired toppings.