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Mexican Ground Turkey Tacos

Maria Steinhauer

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Tacos are fun to make and can be made healthier if prepared at home using lean meat and fresh vegetables. You don’t even need sour cream or sauces loaded with sugar, salt or fat; just a little avocado, cilantro and lime juice sprinkled on top makes it wonderful.

Lean ground turkey is a great alternative to ground beef, because it’s lower in fat, and there’s barely any grease as it cooks...this means your taco shell won’t get soggy and fall apart as soon as you make it! Turkey also contains magnesium, selenium, vitamin D and lots of protein. Studies show more magnesium and selenium in your diet can lower your risk of colon cancer. Increasing vitamin D as well can lower risk for women specifically.

For the sake of colon health, you want to aim for eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. Onions, tomatoes, arugula, and avocado all contain fiber, vitamins and minerals your body needs. Avocados have the most fiber (13.5 grams in one medium avocado) and most of that is insoluble fiber which helps escort waste and toxins out of your body.

Of course, it’s not a taco at all if these yummy ingredients are not placed in a taco shell or tortilla. The corn shells and tortillas I use for this recipe are low fat and give you an extra gram of fiber with each and every one you eat.

 

Ingredients (makes about 12 tacos):

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey, raw
  • 3 tbsp white onion, diced
  • 24 corn tortillas (or 12 corn taco shells)
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups arugula
  • ¾ cup tomatoes, diced
  • ¾ cup avocado, chopped
  • 2 to 3 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated (or a finely shredded cheese)
  • 2 limes, cut in half

Mild taco seasoning (makes 1 tbsp):

  • ½ tsp each of sea salt, oregano, cumin, paprika
  • ¼ tsp each of pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder

Directions:

  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the seasoning in a small bowl or condiment dish, then set aside.
  2. Cover the bottom of a pan with a little oil and turn to medium heat. Once hot, add the raw ground turkey and the seasoning mix. Use a wooden spoon to stir and break up the ground turkey. Cook for a few minutes, covered, and then add the onions. Continue cooking, covered, but stirring occasionally, until turkey is no longer pink-- about 7 minutes.
  3. To prepare each taco, double the soft corn tortillas (or just grab 1 corn taco shell). Place arugula in the middle, then some ground turkey, followed by diced tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and cheese. Squeeze some lime juice on top, and serve! 



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