I love tacos, but the shells (soft or hard) just make the meal so heavy and full of unwanted carbs/calories. So since our recent visit to Sidedoor, I’ve been inspired by their beef with butter leaf lettuce wrap and house pickles, and I now substitute the traditional taco shell for Boston lettuce. I can now eat even more and not feel full (or guilty), it’s perfection.
I came across this recipe one night while browsing Pinterest (another new foodie hot-spot I’ve discovered). The recipe is from a great site called SkinnyTaste, creator Gina Homolka provides healthy, family friendly recipes like this one:
1.3 lbs lean ground turkey
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 small onion, minced
2 tbsp bell pepper, minced
3/4 cup water
4 oz can tomato sauce
8 large lettuce leaves from iceberg lettuce (I use Boston lettuce, the large leaves are perfect for wrapping, might even want to double-up)
Brown the meat in a skillet, once brown, add the seasoning, mix well. Add the onion, pepper, water and tomato sauce. Cover and let simmer on low for approximately 20 minutes. Wash lettuce and pat dry. Place a spoonful of meat mixture in the middle of the a lettuce leaf and add your favourite toppings (i.e. low fat cheese, salsa, fresh cilantro, etc.).
This is one of our favourite go-to weekday meals, it’s quick and easy to make, just perfect when you’re on the go.~kM
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