Taco Tuesdays are a great tradition for families to enjoy all together. Sitting down for a meal together as a family is a great bonding experience and tacos are an especially delicious and quick dinner choice. By Tuesday evenings, many family members begin to experience stress related to work and school life. Taco Tuesday is a great way to relieve some of this stress with a comforting sense of tradition and a fun sense of family bonding. Tacos can be extremely high in fat and sodium when eaten out at restaurants. They can also be very expensive. This is why it is a good idea to have some Taco Tuesday recipes on hand that your family will love. Here are three recipes that you can try the next time that your family is looking to enjoy a Taco Tuesday meal.
1. Marinated Slow Cooker Jackfruit Tacos with Onion and Cilantro (Served in Corn Tortillas)
Jackfruit is an excellent alternative to shredded taco meats like pork and chicken. Even the pickiest of eaters are sure to enjoy this low fat, vegan substitution. Pork is high in fat, so it is a good idea to use a lower fat option once in a while. This is also a great way to accommodate family members who are vegan or vegetarian or family members who do not eat pork for religious reasons. This dish is delicious when served with coleslaw or a side salad. For a beverage option, try preparing some fresh Brazilian limeade. If you do not prefer jackfruit, you can still make this same recipe with chicken or pork as look as you cook your meat all the way through to the correct temperature.Read More »
1 whole jackfruit or 2-3 cans of jackfruit, rinsed and patted dry
Juice of 3 oranges
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 limes
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 handful cilantro
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Make marinade for jackfruit with the above listed fruit juices, seasonings, spices, finely chopped garlic, and 3/4 chopped onion. Marinate your jackfruit for at least 30 minutes to 1 hr. Add the marinated jackfruit to your crockpot and warm on high for at least 2 hours or on low for at least 3 hours. Shred the jackfruit, add to tortilla shells with remaining finely diced onion, and enjoy. Fresh lime makes an excellent garnish.
2. American Style Ground Turkey Taco with Shredded Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, and Sour Cream (Served on Flour Tortillas)
For picky eaters who like drive through style and quick service restaurant style American tacos, this is a great, simple recipe. Ground turkey is a high protein, low fat meat choice that the whole family will enjoy. You can also use grass fed, low fat beef if you prefer. Serve cheese, sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes, on the side so that picky eaters can choose only the toppings that they enjoy best. Those who like spice can add jalapenos and hot sauce as well. These tacos can be served traditionally with some rice and refried beans.
1 lb ground turkey
Salt and pepper
Shredded romaine lettuce
Sour cream (or unsweetened greek yogurt with lime juice)
Instructions: Season ground turkey thoroughly and brown in a preheated nonstick pan. Add the browned meat to flour tortillas with shredded cheese, shredded romaine lettuce, diced tomato, and sour cream (or greek yogurt with lime juice). Add hot sauce if desired.
3. High Protein, Low Carb Steak Fajita Tacos in Lettuce Cups
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You do not have to skip Taco Tuesday even if you are limiting your carbohydrate intake or if you do not prefer to eat tortillas. Butter lettuce leaves are sturdy and hold up very well to substantial fillings when using them as a tortilla alternative. Make sure to use a filling protein, like steak, so that you and your family members will still be full. To make a complete meal, add some brown rice and extra steamed vegetables to your plate.
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Red and yellow bell pepper
Salt and Pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Butter Lettuce Cups
Instructions: Season and marinate your steak with lime juice, cilantro, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, paprika, hot sauce, and evoo for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. Get a nonstick skillet very hot and add your steak, alongside thinly sliced bell peppers and onions. Cook to your preferred level of doneness (rare – well done) and served in butter lettuce cups. Fresh cilantro is also delicious to add to the top of this recipe.
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