Let’s get straight to the point; tacos are delicious. The problem with tacos is not only can they can be calorically dense but they also tend to be lacking in the vegetable department. One way to combat this: turn your tacos into a deconstructed taco salad bowl.
Even with the bowls, however, you have to watch those toppings. Sour cream, cheddar cheese, avocado and the deep fried shell all add up fast.
Here are a few ways you can lighten up your taco bowl:
- Replace deep fried high fat shell with homemade chips (if paleo, replace with plantain chips.)
- Replace multiple high fat toppings with an avocado-lime dressing.
- Replace high sodium taco seasoning with homemade.
- And add in lots of veggies.
To assemble your bowls, just fill with whatever veggies you have in your fridge. I like a mix of romaine and spinach. Then I throw in some tomatoes, cucumber, sugar snap peas (for that crunch!), bell peppers, green onions. Add meat of your choice. I used ground beef for this one, but flank steak or chicken breast with some tex mex seasoning goes great (Check out my tex mex seasoning on Instagram here). Drizzle some avocado lime dressing over it, maybe a little pico de gallo or salsa and grab a handful of homemade chips. And there you have it, a healthier more satisfying version of your standard taco.
For the chips:
Spray coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut tortillas into triangles or strips
- Spritz with oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Cook for 8-10 mins. Keep an eye on them, they can burn quickly.
2 pounds extra lean ground beef or turkey.
½ onion finely diced.
3 garlic cloves
1 Tb cumin
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
2 tb tomato paste
1 cup tomato sauce
- In a large, deep sided skillet brown the meat. Breaking it up into small pieces. Add onion garlic and seasonings. Cook till onion is soft and translucent.
- Cover and cook on med low for 1/2 hour. Taste and add salt and spices as needed. (This recipe is kid friendly so it is very mild.)
For the Avocado lime dressing:
1/3 cup nondairy plain unsweetened creamer (I used the Nutpod brand, but you can replace with a mixture of coconut milk and nut milk.)
1 bunch of cilantro
1/2 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic
1 tb olive oil
juice from 1 lime.
- Throw everything into the blender and blend till nice and creamy. You may need to add a few tablespoons water to thin it out to desired consistency.