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Monday, January 18, 2010

A Weight Watcher Recipe

I am linking this post to Foodie Friday hosted by Michael of Designs by Gollum  Please visit this wonderful blog full of inspirational recipes that so many other bloggers share. :)


Today is my official day!  You ask “Official Day of What?” LOL  I  will officially start to eat healthier and much more controlled portions of meals.  Oh gosh, I know I had already talked about making vegetable smoothies before, but the beets sure did turn me off.  I know they’re good for you and all but I’ll skip them.  *blush*  I might try eating a much smaller portion of them.  So with trying to eat healthier in mind, guess what I found underneath my bed?  I bought this amazing cookbook  IMG_0095 (800x652)oh about a year or two ago?  Oh the things I buy and then forget!  So I started going thru the recipes and my boys had asked to eat taco salads today.  And guess what I found?!  A Taco Salad recipe!  I was soooo happy!  I went thru the recipe and went to the grocery store  to buy the ingredients I needed.  I have to tell you that I had my doubts  that the dressing it called for was going to be just as delicious as ranch dressing.  Omgosh! I give it a double thumbs up!  I loved it!   IMG_0091 (800x599) I’d like to share the recipe with you. :)

1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup fat-free sour cream

1 garlic clove, crushed

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 1/2 onions, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 carrot, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

4 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1/2 pound lean ground beef (10% or less fat)

1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes

1/2 cup tomato paste

1 cup water

4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce (I also added spinach to it because it’s good for us) :)

1 carrot, shredded

4 (6-inch) corn tortillas, lightly toasted and cut into 4 triangles each

3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

1.  To prepare the dressing, in a small bowl combine the yogurt, cilantro, sour cream, crushed garlic, and salt, let stand 30 minutes.

2.  In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil.  Saute about two-thirds of the onions and the minced garlic until the onion is translucent, 6-8 minutes.  Add the chopped carrot, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.  Add the beef, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon.  Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, and water; bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the beef is cooked through, about 20 minutes.  Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates, about 15 minutes longer.

3.  Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the lettuce, shredded carrot, and one-fourth of the cilantro dressing; toss to coat.

4.  To serve, divide the lettuce mixture among 4 plates; top with the meat, then surround with the tortilla triangles.  Serve, sprinkled with the cheese and remaining onion and drizzled with the dressing. 

Per Serving (1 salad) 357 Cal, 12 g Fat, 5 g Sat Fat, 1 g Trans Fat, 395 mg Sodium, 33 mg Chol, 44 g Carb, 9 g Fib, 23 g Prot, 347 mg Calc. 

POINTS value: 7

I’m so happy to announce that next month will be my first year of blogging!  That means that I will be having a giveaway soon!


Anonymous said...

I love taco salads. Love tacos. Love enchiladas. Love chile rellenos. Love tamales. Good grief I'm hungry for dinner. Youngest has IBS so we've had to cut out most of our fried foods. It's brutal.

Going to Texas to visit in a couple of weeks and will get some "good" food there. :)

Sue said...

Well, it won't surprise you that I've saved this one. Maybe we can cheer each other on. I did a WW crockpot recipe tonight, it was good...just not pretty. I'll post it in a few days.


bj said...

Ummm, I may have to try this one, too.
We just went on the South Beach Diet, trying to lose a few pounds and eat healthier.
Good good luck to you..
O, and I just found the Texas Blogging Gals site and took put the button on my sidebar. This is a fun idea!!
xo bj

bj said...

Just signed up to follow..:O)

Diana Ferguson said...

Wow! Sounds good.

I am so glad you joined us "Texas Gals" over at the new blog. When you get a chance come see me at my personal one, too!!

Enjoyed a first visit.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sandra...
Oh My Gosh sweetie. This recipe sounds absolutely delish, and it is definitely one I am going to try. I thank you for sharing with me this morning. I love trying new things, and especially one that is going to be good for me.

This is going to be the healthiest year I have had. I have something to motivate me. I want to give up my insulin shots (I take 5 a day) and go on an insulin pump, so I am going to be good until April (that is my first goal) so that the Dr. will consider it for me. She wants to see some stability in my blood sugars first. Keep your fingers crossed for me, and if you have any other great recipes, I can sure use them.

Have a beautiful day sweetie. Country hugs, Sherry

Unknown said...

Sandra ~ This is great & TYSM for sharing. We love LOVE Taco Salad.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandra! Congratulations to you for deciding to be healthier! I'm haven't decided to be healthy yet! :) I went to Weight Watchers a few years back and lost 10 pounds. I was so busy buying all of the cookbooks and really the recipes were very good. I love taco salad and this does sound delicious!
I like your new blog dress! You've been changing things.
Thanks for popping in to share our retirement trip.
Be a sweetie,

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandra! Thank you for telling me about the Texas site. I sent my info and put the button on my blog. This will be fun!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

CIELO said...

Hola Sandra! Healthier, yes, but no diets for me! Life is too short to suffer! ;) Anyway, I have added your blog to our blog list as you requested. Please do the same for THE HOUSE IN THE ROSES! ;)



Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet friend...

Just wanted to come by to say hello...thank you so much for stopping in for a visit and for your sweet note, Darlin'!

Ooooh...Mmmm...yummy!!! I love taco salad and this weight watcher recipe looks so good! Darlin', I'm sending you my very best wishes and prayers for much success on your new Weight Watchers diet! It's not easy, I know! Eeeks...I need to lose so much weight and I hate to admit it but I'm not very disciplined these days! Say a prayer for me, okay? Anyway...I sure do wish you well, Sweetie!!! You'll have to keep us posted on your progress!!! Thanks for sharing the taco salad recipe!!!

Well sweet friend, I've been having to do a little catching up at your place! Just wanted to tell you that I love the new colors that you chose to redo your bath with!!! I love that pretty aqua and brown together...that's what I have my master bedroom done in and really like it! I love, love, LOVE how you added the extra embellishments to the towels...simply gorgeous!!! I really do love that look...I need to get busy and do some!!! It's really so easy and quite inexpensive and you get such a grand look!!! Bravo, my friend!!!

Well Darlin'...have a fabulous rest of the week!!!

Love ya,
Chari @Happy To Design

PS...ooops just about forgot but wanted to tell you that I love, love, LOVE your new blog dress! Of course, you know that I love my red! Hehe! This is just too cute...the red paired with the black & white polka dots...really pretty!!! Love your new header too!!!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Looks really refreshing and delicious!


Nola said...

I've come over from Tx Blogging Gals for my first visit. Glad I did, because that Taco Salad looks scrumptious! Nice to see the point figured there, too, for us on WW.