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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fast Food Challenge: Soft Tacos



2 Tacos
Calories
Fat (Grams)
Price (US $)
Taco Bell
460
22
2.58
True Treats
365
16
2.32
Difference
105
6
.26


Which do you feel good about eating?



Taco Bell Seasoned Meat Ingredients: Beef, Water, Seasoning [Cellulose, Chili Pepper, Onion Powder, Salt, Oats (Contains Wheat), Maltodextrin (Corn, Potato, Tapioca), Soy Lecithin, Tomato Powder, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Sea Salt, Yeast Extract (Contains Gluten), Spices, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Potassium Chloride, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Trehalose, Modified Corn Starch, Inactivated Yeast, Lactic Acid, Torula Yeast, Natural Smoke Flavor], Salt, Sodium Phosphate. Contains: SOYBEANS, WHEAT (http://www.tacobell.com/nutrition)


True Treats Seasoned Meat Ingredients: Turkey, Canola Oil, Garlic, Coriander, Chili Powder, Basil, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt, and Pepper.





Soft Taco Turkey Supreme

Yields 5 tacos

Ingredients:

½ lb lean ground turkey (99%)
3 roma tomatoes
¼ red onion
½ lime
1 jalapeno
3 T garlic
½ t basil
½ t red pepper flakes
1 t coriander
1 t chili pepper
½ t cayenne
3 T Greek yogurt
1 c lettuce and spinach mix
2 T olive oil
salt and pepper
5 Whole-grain tortillas

Directions:

            In a large saucepan, place the olive oil in pan on medium heat. When hot, add the ground turkey, basil, red pepper flakes, coriander, ½ teaspoon chili pepper, and 1-Tablespoon garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until turkey is browned and cooked throughout, about seven minutes.

            Salsa: Version of Pico de Gallo.
           
            In a medium bowl, chop up the tomatoes, removing the seeded centers. Diced up the red onion and jalapeno, and add to bowl (hint: if you want to mellow it out, remove the seeds from the jalapeno). Squeeze a quarter of the lime over the mixture, and add 1-Tablespoon garlic, salt and pepper.

            Supreme Sauce

            In a small bowl, scoop the Greek yogurt and squeeze the other half of the lime. Add the remaining ½ t chili powder, 1-Tablespoon garlic and cayenne. Mix all together.

            The tortillas we purchase are naturally soft, and do not need to heat, but some need a bit of steam and a flash of the microwave to avoid cracking. Place the tortillas together; add the ground turkey, supreme sauce, lettuce mixture and then Pico de Gallo. Enjoy.

Bonus: you should have enough Pico de Gallo to enjoy with chips throughout the week!

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