When you are trying to lose weight, bread is often the enemy. But without bread, how can you enjoy foods like sandwiches and tacos?
The answer? Lettuce. Lettuce is a the perfect healthy alternative to bread - plus is weight loss friendly!
Turkey tacos wrapped in lettuce are a delicious, low-calorie substitute to a traditional dish. By eliminating the corn-based taco shell and changing the ground beef to ground turkey, these tacos become a healthier meal. The tacos combine ground turkey with the flavors of cilantro and lime that creates a flavor representative of Mexican cuisine.
This low-maintenance meal takes approximately twenty minutes to prepare, and yields four servings. These tacos are ideal for those looking for a low-fat, low-calorie dish, or simply for those who appreciate the decadent taste of herbs and spices.
- 1 ¼ pounds of ground turkey breast
- 2 cloves of peeled garlic
- 1 small to medium yellow onion
- ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lime juice-roughly 2 limes
- 1/3 cup of freshly chopped cilantro
- ½ cup of green salsa
- ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon of chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- ¼ cup of low-sodium chicken stock
- 2 small or 1 large head of iceberg lettuce
- Diced tomatoes and/or avocado for garnish
1. Place onions, garlic, lime juice, cilantro and green salsa into a food processor and pulse until the mixture’s consistency is similar to that of salsa and set aside.
2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a sauté pan then add the ground turkey and cook the meat for approximately five minutes. Stir in the chili powder, oregano, salt and cumin with the ground turkey.
3. Add the salsa mixture to the ground turkey and stir until all of the ingredients are well combined. Cook until there is no evidence of pink meat in the ground turkey. Once this is complete, add the chicken stock and bring the contents to a simmer. Allow the turkey to cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Remove the turkey mixture from the heat and allow it to sit while preparing the lettuce wraps.
- 5. To make the wraps, rip off large pieces of the lettuce leaves-ideally ones that can hold about 1/3 of a cup of ground turkey mixture. Spoon the turkey onto each leaf and top it with the diced tomato/avocado and enjoy.