Healthy Turkey Tacos

Healthy Turkey Tacos is an easy recipe for a Hawaiian-Style taco meal that uses lettuce leaves as the shells. It has an optional recipe for Pineapple salsa included also. Taco Ingredients include: Ground turkey, lettuce leaves, cilantro, ginger, garlic, green onions and bell peppers. It is well seasoned and takes about (1) Hour to make these awesome tacos. This is a low calories, low fat, low sugars, low carbohydrates, low cholesterol, low sodium, heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly and Weight Watchers, (4 PointsPlus), (3 SmartPoints) recipe. Makes: (4) servings. Serving Size: (2) tacos per serving. Healthy Turkey tacos will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.healthy-turkey-tacos

Prep Time: About 20 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 35 Minutes.
Total Time: 55 Minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

(1 lb) extra-lean ground turkey
1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
2 Tbsp chopped garlic
1-1/2 Tbsp chopped ginger root
1 tsp crushed red pepper, if desired
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
8 butter lettuce leaves, or
8 large leaves from 1 large head radicchio

2 cups finely cut spinach for “nesting” in cups.
Suggestion: Serve topped with Pineapple Salsa if desired. (Recipe below)

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large non-stick skillet, cook ground turkey as specified on package. Always cook to well-done, 165º F. as measured by a meat thermometer. Add in bell pepper, garlic, ginger and crushed red pepper, if desired. Cook 30 seconds or until fragrant. Do not brown the garlic or the dish will taste bitter. Add in the rice vinegar; cook 2 minutes, or until most vinegar has evaporated. Add in soy sauce and cook 2 minutes until reduced to about 2 tablespoons liquid in pan. Add the broth and cook 2 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1/4 cup.

2. Remove from heat. Stir in green onions and cilantro. Cover to keep warm.

3. Place two lettuce cups on each plate and fill each half full with spinach and then top with 1/3 cup of the turkey mixture. Serve hot.

Yield: 4 Servings.
Serving Size: 2 Tacos per serving.

Weight Watchers (3 SmartPoints), (4 PointsPlus), for the tacos only!
Carb Choices: 1/2

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION for 2 Tacos:
Calories: 170, Total Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 490mg, Sugars: 2g, Carbohydrates: 9g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 29g

Original taco recipe and image from Hormel Foods Corporation. https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/904-luau-turkey-tacos
{Salsa recipe is from The Biggest Loser}.

(Pineapple Salsa)

INGREDIENTS

2 cups pineapple in 1/2 inch diced
Note: You can use canned pineapple in juice, rinsed and drained,
or fresh pineapple, if desired

12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup finely diced Maui or sweet onions
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp minced fresh mint
Salt and ground black pepper, optional

DIRECTIONS:

Gently toss to combine all ingredients. Top each taco with salsa.

Yield: About 2 cups total.
Serving Size: 1/4 cup per taco.

Weight Watchers (1 SmartPoints), (1 PointsPlus)
Carb Choices: 1/2

Nutritional Information for One (1/4 cup) serving:
Calories: 30, Total Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 0mg,  Carbphydrates: 7g, Sugars: 5g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 1g

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