Sunday, 3 January 2016

Turkey Lettuce Tacos

I think we all know this feeling, all too well.  The festive period is over, and you have completely over indulged.   Your clothes are just that little bit tighter, and the thought of seeing another roast potato just make you feel like urgh. 

Time to get back on track, eat healthily but with food that packs the flavour punch and my Turkey Lettuce Tacos do just that! 
This is a super easy recipe to make, the turkey mince can be replaced with any mince you prefer, but I am an avid turkey lover, and although yes, I probably had too much of it at Christmas, i'm still trying to prove that it doesn't have to be eaten just then - and using turkey mince is my favourite way to do so! 

There is always a stigma of people thinking it's dry and bland, but really personally I just think it's down to user error and how people cook it.  If you show it a bit of love, it can be a incredibly lean and tasty alternative. 

Calories: 341  •  Slimming World: Syn Free*

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 40 Minutes
Serves: 4

You Will Need:

500g Turkey Breast Mince
1 Red Onion Diced
1 Green Pepper Diced
1 Garlic Clove Minced
2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
1/2 Can of Refried Beans (I used Old El Paso)
1 Stock Cube (I used a Knorr Veggie Stock Pot) 
150ml Boiling Water 
Salt & Pepper for Seasoning 
Frylight/Calorie Controlled Oil Spray 

To Serve: 

12 Baby Gem Lettuce Leaves 
1 Tomato Deseeded and Diced
1/2 Small Red Onion Diced
0% Fat Free Greek Yoghurt
60% Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese 
Remaining Refried Beans (Optional)


Spray a heavy bottomed frying pan with oil, season and add the turkey mince and cook through, try and break it up as its cooking, as the mince has a tendency to clump! 

Once browned, add the peppers, onion and spice mix.  Stirring through so that all the turkey is covered with the spices.

Add the tomato puree, stock pot and water - again stirring so that everything is coated.

Pour in the refried beans (this is is a great trick to make the taco filling nice and thick)
Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes until turkey has broken down and you are left with a thick, chilli like consistancy

How To Serve

Place the lettuce leaves on a large plate, if using, add a spoonful of the refried beans, and then top with the Turkey mixture.

Add some fresh diced tomato, diced red onion and cheese - don't forget a dollop of greek yoghurt to lighten it all up! 

Then devour! 

*Synfree if using cheese as your HEA

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