I generally speed right through lunch…I’ve sort of gotten in the habit of eating freezer meals I got on sale ($0.88/ea thank you very much) because then I am eating…and I know exactly how many points I am consuming. However…if I am throwing together a quick lunch with girlfriends, or a nice family lunch on the weekends…one of my favorites is Taco Salad.
I originally got this idea from a recipe at Weight Watchers…but I’ve modified it quite a bit to my own liking. I use Morningstar Farms or Bocca crumbles instead of burger and always make sure to use some kind of leafy green lettuce instead of iceberg. The dark green veggies like leafy green, romaine or spinach have so much more nutritional value to you than iceberg lettuce…which works well as a filler.
Because half of the appeal of food is how it looks…I like to serve this in my trifle bowl…its pretty when you layer it together.
1pkg meat substitute (ie Bocca, Morningstar Farms, Quorn)
1pkg taco seasoning
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 c. frozen corn, thawed
4c. (about 1.2 head) chopped leafy green or romaine lettuce
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2c. fat free shredded cheese
1 sm can sliced olives, drained
1 bunch green onions, sliced
That’s it! Layer them in the order listed for a fantastic summer treat! This makes an ENORMOUS 4 servings at 4points each. Realistically…you can make 6 servings out of this for 3 point per serving.
I like to add a combination of Kraft Free Catalina Dressing and Taco Sauce as my salad dressing to spice it up a little bit…at 1tbsp. each this adds another one-half point.
This is so filling, and with good greens it is very crunchy…I don’t find the need to add tortilla chips or any other to the mix. Some other additions would be sour cream, guacamole or straight avocado…but again, whatever you put on…you are adding more points to your meal. I find this so yummy as is I’m pleased not to cover the flavor with additional ingredients.