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Healthy Plantain Taco Bowl 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! I don’t typically dress up, but I wore some festive socks today. 

Aren’t they so cute? My mom saw them and had to get them for me since they had a cat on them.

Now on to the food….

My husband and I have tacos for dinner fairly often. This week, I wanted to switch it up a little, so instead of a tortilla or salad bowl, I thought, why not have a plantain for the base. It was SO tasty and I will be making it this way more often.

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE TACOS:

  • 1 lb of lean ground beef
  • I package of taco seasoning  (I used 25% less sodium)
  • 1 plantain
  • 1-2 TBSP coconut oil (to fry plantain)
  • Any taco toppings you want (I used shredded cheese, jalapeños, salsa, plain greek yogurt, cilantro, and homemade guacamole)

 FOR THE GUACAMOLE:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 TBSP lime juice 
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic (mine was in olive oil)
  • Pinch of cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper to taste 



DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place ground beef into a skillet over a medium heat to brown (stirring occasionally)
  2. While beef is browning, scoop the avocado into a bowl and mash. Add in lime juice, garlic, cilantro, and salt and pepper.  Mix thoroughly and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
  3. Next prepare the plantain. Using a sharp knife, slice the plantain until you can peel the skin off, then slice into chips. Add plantain to a skillet with 1 to 2 TBSP of coconut oil, medium/high heat, checking often.
  4. While still cooking plantain, add taco seasoning and 3/4 cup of water to ground beef. Stir and simmer until thickened. 
  5. While beef is simmering, flip plantain and reduce heat to low. They are done when both sides are golden brown. 
  6. Once beef and plantain are done it is time to assemble your bowl. Layer plantain on the bottom of a bowl and add about 1/4 cup of beef on top. Add salsa, cheese, plain greek yogurt, guacamole, and cilantro. 
  7. Dig in!

This is my plantain from start to finish.

The finished product😊

My husband used the meat to make regular tacos, and I still had enough meat for leftovers the next day! I hope you enjoy as much as we did.

With love,

Carly

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Easy taco pasta

Hi there! I wanted to share a favorite dinner recipe of mine. I found a similar recipe from Cooking Light and adapted it to what I had at home. I love that this is so easy, but still looks like it took a lot of work to make.

You will need:

2 cups of dry pasta (I used the spiraled whole wheat)

I lb. ground beef (I used Laura’s 92% lean)

I package of taco seasoning  (I used kroger’s 25% less sodium)

1 can of diced tomatoes  (I used fire roasted)

As much shredded cheese as you want

Any other add-ins you like (beans, corn, avacado to top, cilantro, etc.).

Steps:

Brown ground beef. Once it is cooked through, add in the taco seasoning, a little water, and the tomatoes  (also, if you have other add ins, now would be the time for those). Let simmer (covered) on low. While that is simmering, cook your pasta according to package.  Then add the pasta into taco mixture, top with cheese and simmer an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted! I served this with cornbread muffins and it was awesome. My husband loves this, too! Plus we always have leftovers for lunch the next day! Yum!!

Hope you enjoy!

Carly