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Taco Tuesday - the healthier version!

by lizzi (follow)
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Tacos are an awesome meal - tasty, easy, reasonably quick, versatile, gluten free and the leftovers make a great spaghetti sauce. They can be unhealthy but since we love to do 'Taco Tuesday' in our house, it is worth the effort to make a healthier version.



Taco
A taco kit is a great way to get started!


Preparation time: 15mins
Cooking time: 20mins
Serves: 4 adults and 2 toddlers with some leftovers for lunch or dinner the following day

Ingredients:
1 Old el Paso taco kit - includes 12 shells, spice mix and sauce

Mince mix:
Beef mince (a medium sized tray)
Approx 2 cups of mixed vegies: I used - mushrooms, onion, carrot, celery, tinned corn
1 tin of lentils

Salad / extras:
Baby spinach leaves
1 tomato chopped
1 cup of chopped cucumber
1 avocado
Grated cheese



Taco
All the salad and extras - YUM!

Method:

1) Spread the taco shells on a tray and preheat the oven to 180 degrees



Taco
Shells ready to go in the oven

2) Brown the mince

3) Add the vegies to the mince and stir fry for a few minutes

4) Add the taco spice and 1/4 cup of water and mix well

5) Add the lentils



Taco
The mince mix simmering on the stove

6) Pop the taco shells in the oven so they can cook while the mince mixture simmers

7) Pop all the salad ingredients on the table

8) Once everything is cooked load up your taco shell with some mince mixture and whatever extras you like plus taco sauce and enjoy!



Taco
The finished product

How my tacos are healthier than the usual tacos:

Use heart smart mince

Add plenty of vegies and lentils to the mince mixture

Use a smaller amount of mince in the taco and add extra salad



Taco
Tacos are definitely child friendly!


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