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Taco Salad Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce has arrived! I am so excited about greens being in season.  You have no idea.

I love a tomatoes and peppers, but darn it, I am so ready for something new!

I made a quick and tasty meal over the weekend that I thought I would share with you. It was inspired by the gorgeous lettuce in my CSA box and was super tasty.

Taco Salad Lettuce Wraps!

Ingredients:

Seasoned, cooked, ground beef which was leftover from the night before. Nice and cold. (1.5 lb Organic Ground beef, 2-3 tsp cumin, 2 TBSP chili powder, 1 chopped jalapeno, salt, pepper, garlic)

A bit of shredded cheese (cheddar in my case.)

Fresh salsa, also made from csa ingredients.

Chopped cilantro

A couple large leaves of lettuce (red leaf here.)

1 mexicola avocado, sliced.

And “dressing” made from 2 TBSP organic sour cream and 1-2 TBSP of your fresh salsa, whisked together.

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Pink toenails optional.

 

 

Pretty simple steps:

Layer like you would a taco. Meat, cheese, cilantro, salsa, avocado, dressing. Or however you like it. 😉

I served mine with a handful of “Late July” chips because I’m a texture girl and I really need crunch with my food.

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Although the lettuce held up pretty well as a wrap, I did eventually end up crushing the chips over the top and eating it like a salad. This is mostly because I’m funny about food and have strange eating habits.

These would be good taken as lunch to work, you know, if I worked outside the home. I would probably keep the lettuce and other ingredients separate until it was time to eat, though. 🙂

I’m hoping to get a few more greens-inspired recipes up this week.

Anyone else enjoying fall produce?

 

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Huevos Rancheros Con Aguacate

I love eggs. Usually. Right now, I am pretty tired of eggs, but in an effort to boost my protein intake, I am trying to find new ways to eat them.

On Sunday, I made two attempts at egg preparation, using my CSA box as inspiration.

One peek into my fruit bowl was all it took to spark an idea for breakfast dish #1.

I spy….avocados. Yessss!

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The cutest, tiniest avocados ever, by the way. They are called “Mexicali” Avocados, and they are divine. Bonus? The skin is edible should you choose to eat it. No peeling!

Once I spotted the avocado, I had another thought. Last week, I made (and canned) some salsa. Super simple salsa too. Tomatoes, onions, peppers, squeeze of lemon and pinch of salt. The end.

Very similar to the recipe here, but without the cilantro, and it was cooked (because I was canning it.)

Then I thought, “It’s Sunday…I can eat a corn tortilla!” (Sunday’s are my “day off” from dietary restrictions.)

I knew what I had to do. Huevos Rancheros Con Aguacate (Rancher’s Eggs with Avocado.) Or, Fried eggs on a tortilla with red sauce and avocado on top.

It was SO easy guys. Even if you don’t have salsa just lying around, it is SO easy to make.( <—- click there!)

P.S. get your tomatoes now and fill up the freezer or pantry with salsa for later. You won’t be sorry!

I started off by cracking two eggs into a little egg pan over med heat, coated in butter. Once the whites started to solidify a bit, I sprinkled a small lid with water, and topped the pan with it, turning heat to low. This essentially steams the top of the eggs so you don’t have to flip them. If you prefer to flip, go for it, but I find that breaking a yolk while flipping makes me want to break someone’s face, so I do what I have to do to avoid that.

While the eggs are cooking, Fry up a corn tortilla in a little refined coconut oil. You don’t want it crispy, just a little toasty yet still pliable. Drain the oil, then set on your plate.

Once the whites are done, but  yolks are still a bit runny, slide the eggs onto the tortilla.

Take some of your salsa, and heat it up a bit in the egg pan (save the dishes!)

Top the eggs with warm salsa.

Last? Top with slices of fresh avocado and a sprinkling of sea salt.

This would have been so yummy with sauteed nopales on the side!

YUM.

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If I *really* wanted to cheat, this would have been heavenly with refried beans. In fact, it begged for them. If I’d had any in the pantry or cooked up, they would have been on that plate. So good.

Step outside the box guys. Keep your meals interesting and delicious. “Eating healthy” doesn’t have to mean “lacking flavor”. Gone are the day of stale rice cakes and crappy peanut butter.

Eat good quality, fresh, healthy foods that make your body and taste buds happy.

You really can have your cake and eat it too. 😉

 

 

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