Burrito Bowls

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This week I challenged myself to make three taco inspired recipes using only 1 pound of meat. This was one of those recipes! The filling for my zucchini boats calls for all of the same ingredients that are in the topping for my burrito bowl. This makes it easy to double the recipe and make both dishes at the same time! The burrito bowls are 181 calories a serving (28g carbs, 12g protein). I did not add any extra sauces or cheese to this dish, but it could easily be added.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Ingredients

1 1/2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
1/4 pound ground turkey
1/4 gluten free taco seasoning packet
3/4 cup black beans
3/4 cup whole kernel sweet corn
1/2 cup cooked white rice
1/2 cup Mexican style shredded cheese
1/4 cup red onion chopped
1/4 tomato diced
1/4 cup water
1 jalapeño or 1/4 bell pepper chopped

Directions

1. Prepare the taco meat by browning the ground turkey over medium heat.
2. Add seasoning packet and approx. 1/4 cup of water to browned turkey. Simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Remove the taco meat from heat and place in a large bowl.
4. Add the black beans, corn, cooked rice, tomato and chopped jalapeño or bell pepper to the bowl.
5. Mix all ingredients until the taco seasoning from the meat is coated on all ingredients.
6. Place the chopped romaine lettuce into 4 separate containers. 
7. Divide the taco mixture between the 4 containers of lettuce or store separately, if not immediately serving.  
Please note: I recommend storing the taco mixture separately, because then you can warm up it up without ruining the lettuce. If you would like to consume the ingredients cold, you can assemble the bowls and store. If you like additional toppings, salsa, sour cream, cheese or guacamole can be added to this dish. 

This recipe serves 4. 

Mexican Zucchini Boats

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During my meal prep this week, I challenged myself to make 3 different recipes from one pound of ground turkey. Right now, times are tough and I am looking for ways to make food stretch for those on tight budgets! I instantly thought taco meat could be an excellent choice. This recipe is great, because you can make this by itself or with the other two recipes (Burrito Bowl or Loaded Mexican Spaghetti Squash). This recipe is 226 calories a serving (24g carbs and 13g protein).

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Ingredients

1/4 pound ground turkey
1/4 gluten free taco seasoning packet
2 zucchini
3/4 cup black beans
3/4 cup whole kernel sweet corn
1/2 cup cooked white rice
1/2 cup Mexican style shredded cheese
1/4 cup red onion chopped
1/4 tomato diced
1/4 cup water
1 jalapeño or 1/4 bell pepper chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
pinch salt
pinch black pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Prepare the taco meat by browning the ground turkey over medium heat.
3. Add seasoning packet and approx. 1/4 cup of water to browned turkey. Simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Remove the taco meat from heat and place in a large bowl. Set to side.
5. Prepare your zucchini by cutting off the ends and cutting the zucchini down the middle, long ways. You should have four long pieces of zucchini.
6. Scoop out the inside of the zucchini with a spoon. This will create a “boat” like appearance. Using a brush, spread olive oil on the inside of each zucchini. Season each piece with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Grab the bowl of taco meat and add the black beans, corn, cooked rice, tomato and chopped jalapeño or bell pepper to create the filling for your boats.
8. Mix all ingredients until the taco seasoning from the meat is coated on all ingredients.
9. Using a spoon, scoop the filling into each zucchini boat. This process may be a little messy. Push down the ingredients to maximize the amount of filling in each zucchini.
10. Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, covered in foil.
11. Add shredded cheese to the top of each boat the last 5 minutes of cooking. Cook uncovered.

This recipe serves 4.