Taco Recipes & Tips for Dieters
Article by Diet Bites
The Taco is an Excellent Choice for Dieters Because it....
Contains all of the Five Basic Food Groups:
Vegetable: lettuce, onion, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, garlic
Protein: meat, beans, cheese
Dairy: cheese and sour cream
Grain: that lovely golden corn shell OR that light and fluffy flour tortilla shell
Fruit: tomato, avocado
Has minimal caloric values. The regular version prepared with seasoned extra lean ground beef, a vegetable mix, a bit of shredded cheese and a corn tortilla shell contains less than 200 kcals. Even fast food versions remain low in caloric values for the basic version.
Is so easy to prepare! In addition, it's a very flexible star of the meal for dieters. If you don't have beef on hand, then beans can be substituted. Or chicken - or even eggs when a flour shell is used.
When reduced fat ingredients are used, the taco makes a very healthy choice for the dieter's meal plate.
Southwest Taco Ingredients & Preparation Notes
This is our twist on this humble star and takes only a few minutes to prepare. Here is our ingredient list:
flour tortilla shells, we recommend the smaller ones for about 80 kcals each
Simply combine the corn, beans, rice and chicken. Heat thoroughly and add either the sour cream or the shredded cheese.
If you add the sour cream, then you'll need to stir it gently into the other ingredients to incorporate. If shredded cheese is used - and the Mexican blends work beautifully and add even more flavor, then add to the top of the heated ingredients.
Serve with warm flour tortilla shells.
As a note, the reason why we recommended using the smaller varieties is because the large shells can contain over 200 kcals a piece. The small ones contain about 80 - so you can enjoy two shells OR you can opt for one large shell.
We like to place the filling inside the shells and enjoy the meal - taco style.