Tacos are far too delicious and loved by most to consider removing them from the dinner rotation!
Implement any number of the following flavor-filled options to keep Taco Night on the menu, and keep tastebuds and bellies happy.
Be conscious of the high carb foods.
Tortilla shells, tortilla chips, corn, rice, and beans are all high-carb (starchy) foods, and some options are more nutritionally dense than others; for example: beans are high in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, whereas tortilla shells, tortilla chips and white rice are mainly carbs.
Taco lettuce wraps provide a refreshing crunch to your meal! Replace tortilla shells with Romaine lettuce leaves, which contain very few carbohydrates and are rich in both vitamins A & K. Alternatively, enjoy a taco salad!
Turn your taco into a brown rice bowl. Top ½ - 1 cup brown rice with your favorite toppings such as the meal’s main protein (see below), pico de gallo, sautéed peppers and onions, and avocado. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime, a little sour cream, cheese and hot sauce if you’d like!
Forget “taco seasoning.”
Ingredients vary from product to product, but while some seasoning blends are simpler than others, most will contain salt (who knows what kind – read more about how to choose the best salt here), and other additives like anti-caking agents, colorants, and unnecessary fillers.
It’s just too easy to use spices and herbs individually, whereby you’ll have more control over the flavor and salt. Cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic, onion, peppers and cilantro are the common spices, herbs and aromatics used to prepare taco fillings.
Switch up the proteins to keep Taco Night fresh
Fish/Seafood: Mahi Mahi, Flounder, Halibut, Shrimp...
Beans: Black, Pinto, Kidney…
Tofu: Extra-firm recommended
Beef: Organic, grass-fed ideal. If unavailable, go leaner
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