Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
Happy Taco Tuesday! It’s really becoming a thing, isn’t it? Me and you here every tuesday sharing tacos. I kind of like it.
As much as I wanted to give you a cheesy fried taco this week I’m going to hold off a few more weeks. I know so many of you are trying to eat a little lighter, a little healthier, (me included!) so today it’s all about the no carb, lean protein taco. Who says good for you can’t taste good? Besides, these for dinner simply means you can have a second margarita. (Or third, I’m not counting….1, 2, 3….) It’s all about balance, folks.
This week couldn’t have started off better. Yesterday I spent the morning snowboarding with one my dearest friends and to say we got the goods would be an understatement. I love riding on weekdays when all the kids go back to school and people with real jobs go to their respective offices. Leaving the mountain to myself and the handful of other lucky folks that can snowboard on a Monday morning. It was windy and Mother Nature was howling but the snow was plentiful and there were plenty of fresh turns if you were willing to look for them.
There is nothing better than starting my day on the mountain. The morning routine can be harried (you SO know what I’m talking about, mamas) and after making breakfast, packing lunches, dropping kids at school and finally breathing sigh of relief, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do than make a couple turns on my snowboard. For years my husband and I have been referring to snowboarding as “catching a little wind to the face”. Fresh air, the solitude of the trees, the magnitude of the mountain, pushing your body- all of it is summed up in that one phrase. Every time I ride and “catch a little wind to the face”, I am lighter and more grounded and never before have I left the mountain feeling worse than when I got there.
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t take a moment and reflect on how grateful I am to live in a place that allows me to do something I love so much. That I’m healthy enough to do what it is I love and now that I’m a mom, my husband and I can share it with our kids and hopefully instill a love of the mountain in them as well. Finding time to do something your passionate about isn’t about luck. It’s not finding the time but rather making the time. If you make whatever it is you love to do a priority and commit to making it happen, then it will. I truly hope that each of you have your “something”. Everyone deserves and NEEDS a little wind to the face. I hope you’re getting yours! And if not, then what are you waiting for? Get after it!
So tacos… what can I say? Lean, healthful, full of flavor, GARLIC, ground turkey, I’ll take a lettuce wrap and hold the tortilla, leave off the cheese and bring on the cilantro, quick, easy, top with avocado, get some.Print
Lean ground turkey tacos are packed full of flavor thanks to the cilantro-lim salsa they are cooked in! Guilt free and gluten free too.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 1/4 lbs ground turkey breast
- 1 small or 1@ medium yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/3 cup packed fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
- 1/2 cup your favorite green salsa
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
- 1–2 heads of iceberg lettuce (depending on size)
- diced avocado and tomatoes for garnish
- In a food processor, add onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice and green salsa. Pulse until a smooth salsa consistency is reached; set aside.
- In a medium non-stick sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook, breaking up any large pieces, for 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt; stir.
- Add salsa to turkey and stir to combine and cook until turkey is cooked through about 5 minutes more. Add chicken stock, turn heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Turn heat off and let turkey mixture sit while you prepare the lettuce cups.
- Tear off large pieces of lettuce that are big enough to hold about 1/3 cup of ground turkey. Top each lettuce cup with diced tomato, avocado and extra cilantro if desired. If you’re like me, load it with hot sauce too!
- Serving Size: 2 tacos each