Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Vegetarian Taco Salad

I am quickly falling in love with this taco filling. Once again, this something that was made because I had extra produce on hand and needed to do something with it. I am recently discovering that this mix can be used for many things! My favorite is topping for a taco salad, but in a burrito and as a dip are up there too. Plus, it's so easy, it shouldn't even really be considered a recipe!

Fabulous Do-Everything Taco Filling
Serves 2

  • 2/3-1 cup kidney beans, cooked (depending on how much is leftover from the previous dish in my case...)
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup corn, or 2 corn on the cobs, cooked and kernels cut off
  • 2 Tb. taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth

Spray a nonstick skillet with spray. Add green pepper and cook 2-3 minutes. Add beans, corn, taco seasoning and broth/water. Bring to a boil and let simmer 1-2 minutes or until liquid has thickened.

Nutritional Information (using 1 cup beans): 130 calories, 1 g fat (0.2 g sat), 5.7 g fiber, 6.4 g protein

Vegetarian Taco Salad
Serves 2

  • Versatile taco filling
  • 2 oz tortilla chips (number of chips depends on type - read the bag)
  • 2 cups lettuce (I cut it chiffonade because it's easiest and looks gorgeous!)
  • 1 avocado (6 oz fruit)
  • 1/2 cup LF Mexican blend cheese
  • Salsa and sour cream

Start each salad with 1.5 oz of tortilla chips and top with 1 cup lettuce. 

Dice avocado and top with salt and pepper. I used to always ignore the salt and still do in some things where I don't think it needs it, but don't do it here. Fresh avocado needs to be topped with a little (not a whole lot!) of salt and pepper to reach full potential. Seriously. Do it and you won't regret it.

Top each salad with 1/3 of the filling and half of the diced avocado.

Lastly, top each salad with 1/4 cup cheese and salsa and sour cream. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information (using blue corn chips, 4 Tb. salsa and 1 Tb. LF sour cream): 538 calories, 28.4 g fat (7.1 g sat), 16.6 g fiber, 18.7 g protein

A tad bit higher than my normal diet dinner (I try to stay in the 400-500 range) but well worth the splurge. So tasty and so filling! If you want a lower dinner, leave out the chips...that brings it down to 398 calories! I do love my chips though so we'll just have this occasionally :)

Y'all would be so proud of me! The last two nights I have almost completely caught up on my chores! I've been a busy, busy bee after work...the apartment is near spotless. I need to get it all done during the week since my weekends are completely full lately and I hate using that as an excuse for a dirty apartment. Tonight should be my last installment...dishes, vacuuming the carpet and mopping the floors. 

Until next time...♥


Ms. BWIT said...

This post has left me:

B. Wanting to decorate for FALL!!

Anonymous said...

Def a boy scarecrow-no eyelashes on the top! ;) Everything looks great!

Miss Leah Marie said...

I vote girl. And her name should be Penelope.

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