Monday, December 3, 2012

LPF Cooks: Healthy Taco Salad & Made from Scratch Margs

True Story: it is the absolute worst time of year you could possibly diet. Though, I hope to think of it as less of a diet and more of a transition back into healthier eating. Wisconsin has wayyy too much delicious food, and it's all about balance (keep your balance y'all!).

My boyfriend and I are suffering through our holiday dieting together (with small indulgences along the way of course; see: made from scratch margs). We whipped up this taco salad for dinner the other night, and I didn't even miss the tortilla chips!

lpf cooks: healthy taco salad & made from scratch margs

Healthy Taco Salad:
1 lb lean ground sirloin
2 tbsp. seasoning (don't buy the pre-made packs, mix your own)-a pinch of cumin; black pepper, chili powder, garlic powder; salt
1/2 head of iceburg lettuce 
1 onion
1 green pepper
2 c. of romaine lettuce
1/4 c. green onion
2 tbsp. cilantro
1/4 c. of reduced fat cheese
Optional condiments: salsa, sour cream, wholly guacamole (my favorite!)

1. Sautee onions and green pepper in a pan with a tbsp. of olive oil; set aside when onions are translucent.
2. Add seasoned ground beef to pan on medium-high heat, add back in onions & peppers when cooked.
3. Top lettuce mix with ground beef & veggies, sprinkle cheese, cilantro and whatever condiments you'd like

Save calories by: skipping the tortilla chips, using reduced fat cream cheese, and not using high-sodium pre-mixed taco seasoning

This is a much healthier way to make margaritas, and significantly less sugar and better natural flavor than store bought margarita mixes.

Made from Scratch Margs:
1/2 lime
1 tbsp. simple syrup (it's easy to make your own- we store ours in a squeeze bottle!)
2 oz. tequila
2 oz triple sec

1. In a cocktail shaker, squeeze lime, add simple syrup, tequila & triple sec, add ice and give it a few good shakes
2. Pour over a margarita glass and fresh ice.

Experiment with margarita flavors; add muddled strawberries or grapefruit juice for a fun twist.

What foods do you like to swap out for healthier calorie substitutes?

xoxo, lauren


Heather said...

Lauren -this looks awesome! And after reading Maya's post today - did I know you were from my home state???? I love meeting fellow Sconny girls!!!

Pearls & Paws

Cotton said...

mmm taco salad is a serious treat for me! I can never get enough mexican food!!

Lauren said...

The taco salad looks delicious! You're right about it being hard to diet around this time of year, but I think I could skip the tortilla chips too with this meal!

Fizz and Frosting

Amy said...

um yummy, i wish this was in my lunchbox today!

Caitlin C. said...

I LOVE this! Mexican food is my absolute favorite (especially guacamole and margaritas - I could seriously live off of both of these). I totally feel you about trying to eat healthier during the holidays. It can feel nearly impossible this time of year, but I love how you're doing it anyways!

Meg {henninglove} said...

that scratch margs recipe sounds great, must try it and definitely love a good taco salad. and i agree with you worse time of year to diet but just don't go overboard limit yourself eat what you love love love!

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