Power Taco Lettuce Wraps

Low Carb Power Taco Lettuce Wraps 190 calories and 4 weight watchers points plus

My family is taco obsessed. No joke. They could probably eat tacos 7 nights a week if I let them. I won’t complain too much though because taco meat is simple to prepare, can be made ahead of time, and I can easily slip in healthy ingredients without them batting an eye.

Muuuuaaaaahhhh. Mom always wins.

Perfect example is this new power taco recipe I whipped together last week. I am calling this power because it is filled with lean turkey, black beans, and quinoa. Lots of lean protein and fiber wrapped up in this pan of spicy tasty Mexican-inspired deliciousness. You will feel nourish and satisfied after eating instead of bloated and gross.

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To keep it low carb I scoop my portion into a lettuce wrap but it’s also very good in tacos shells or on nachos. Basically, eat it the same way you would regular ground taco meat.

Let’s break down the recipe.

I started with ground turkey. Ground turkey is a great way to reduce fat and calories in tacos. With all the spices and condiments you can’t even tell the difference. I cooked it in a little olive oil and broke it into small pieces as it cooked.

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Then I stirred in the spice packet, black beans, diced tomatoes, green chills, 1/2 cup water and brought to a boil.

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Once it started to boil I reduce the heat and let the ground turkey mixture simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes.

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Then I added 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa.

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I try to keep a couple cups of cooked quinoa in the refrigerator or freezer at all times. It provides a great nutritional boost for many recipes. Try adding it to soups, chilis, meatloaf, and other ground meat recipes.

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The last thing I did was stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and juice from 1/2 a lime. Mmmmm so good! I love adding these two fresh flavors to mexican recipes. It provides a great pop of flavor.

If you are trying to keep carbs at bay then do what I did and eat it in a lettuce wrap. I topped mine with avocado, extra cilantro, a little cheese, and plain greek yogurt. I absolutely loved it.

This recipe makes about 8 (1/2 cup) servings so if you have leftovers just freezer for a future easy peasy dinner.

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Power Taco Lettuce Wraps
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 (1.13 ounce) packet Simply Organic Southwest Taco Seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (10-ounce) can rotel diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilis
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Shredded Mexican cheese, optional
  • Chopped avocado, optional
  • 
Cilantro, optional
Instructions
  1. In a large sauté pan, on medium heat, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add in the ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. Break apart the meat as it cooks.
  2. Stir in the taco seasoning, water, diced tomatoes, and diced green chills. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 -15 minutes.
  3. Stir in ½ cup cooked quinoa.
  4. Serve in lettuce leaves with with your favorite taco condiments.
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Make ahead instructions


This recipe can be made completely ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days or frozen 3-6 months. Use medium plastic storage freezer containers.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup taco mixture and 1 lettuce leaf Calories: 190 Fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 16 WW Points +: 4 Fiber: 4 Protein: 15

 

 

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  1. I made this for dinner tonight. OUTSTANDING! My mom (who lives with us and has Alzheimer’s) as well as my husband and I really enjoyed this. AND…. I am already looking forward to leftovers tomorrow for lunch!

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