I know what you’re thinking: “Ugh. A SALAD isn’t going to do JACK for me when it’s Tuesday night and I should be putting a plate of tacos and a fat bean & cheese burrito in my face right now.”

And ordinarily I’d be right there with you. Besides, sometimes it is 100% necessary to indulge. And when it’s that time, go get yourself an icy cerveza, some tacos, a burrito, a stack of nachos, and enjoy the hell out of it.

BUT sometimes you realize that while you certainly want a little T-Bell on your Tuesday night, your body probably won’t thank you for it. And when that’s the case, look no further than this pile of yummy, taco-seasoned ground turkey with black beans, salsa, and diced onions, dumped onto a bed of crunchy, juicy romaine, and topped with all your favorite fiesta-worthy condiments. Too easy.

WARNING: YOU WILL BE FULL.

This comes from a child-sized person with the appetite of a 250lb bodybuilder – in MONTHS this was the first homemade meal I couldn’t entirely finish. A SALAD. Who knew?

Recipe: Taco Meat

– 1 – 1.5lbs 99% lean ground turkey
– 1/2 – 1 packet taco seasoning
– 1/2 jar of salsa
– 1 can black beans
– 1C onions, diced

  • Sautée onions in large pan over medium heat.
  • Add ground turkey and seasoning, and stir to brown meat evenly.
  • Add salsa and beans, stirring to combine.
  • Ensure meat is cooked through and let simmer if necessary to let any excess moisture cook off.

Nutrition:

Servings: 5 – 7 (without salad or toppings)
185 Calories – 14.5g Carbs | 29.3g Protein | 1.2g Fat*
*nutrition based on 1.3lbs turkey divided into 6 servings

Recipe: Salad & Toppings

– 2C romaine lettuce (topped with turkey mixture)
– 1/3C tomatoes, diced
– 2T pico de gallo
– 2T guacamole
– 2T nonfat Greek yogurt (substituted for sour cream)
– cilantro (to taste)

* TIP: If you haven’t tried subbing nonfat Greek yogurt for sour cream, you need to try it. You’re welcome.

Nutrition:

Servings: 1
Nutrition for 1 full salad with salsa turkey mixture & toppings:
~280 Calories – 26g Carbs | 34.5g Protein | 5.2g Fat

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