Weeknight Taco Salad

Weeknight Taco Salad

In the past few years throughout my journeys of clean eating, one of the things that I have come to learn is that not every meal needs to be complicated. I have read a lot of blogs and some recipes look amazing but require obscure ingredients that are only needed for one recipe. Making a fancy curry but require the tears of a baby hippo? Yeah, I do not have the time or money to track that down. But in all seriousness, I don't live on a budget that allows me to have every rare ingredient, so I try to make meals that I know are cost efficient AND healthy. Clean eating is within your reach so long as you know how to be creative with what you already have in your fridge. This meal is one of those repeat meals in my house because it is so easy, fast and full of flavor.  Living in Southern California means I tend to lean towards meals that are spicier, but you can easily change the spiciness in this to your personal tastes. I strive to make meals that are easy for everyone, so please know you do not have to add all the ingredients I add, and you can make it your own. 

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound of extra lean ground turkey

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1/2 tablespoon dried cumin

1 teaspoon salt

salt to taste

2/3 cup of water

2 large handfuls of leafy greens

1 Roma tomato, chopped

3 green onions, chopped

1 small handful of broccoli slaw

In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the ground turkey and brown the meat, about 7-9 minutes. Stir occasionally with a flat wooden spoon to make sure the meat is cooking evenly. Once the meat is browned, add all of the seasoning and mix well with the meat. Once the seasoning has been mixed well, add the water, bring to a boil then turn down the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Don't you wish scratch and sniff was a thing? The smells coming off the simmering meat was amazing. 

Don't you wish scratch and sniff was a thing? The smells coming off the simmering meat was amazing. 

While you meat is simmering, go ahead and chop up your green onions and tomatoes. Go ahead and plate your lettuce, and place a small handful of broccoli slaw onto the lettuce.

Once your meat is ready, top your salad with the cooked turkey, top with the green onions and tomatoes and enjoy!

MEG'S AFTERTHOUGHTS: For some people, eating beans are totally fine. If you wanted to add some extra protein to this meal, add 1/4 up of cooked black beans. Rich in fiber and protein, black beans are not Whole30 but are great for those wanting a cleaner diet on a budget. This meal is also great to make in bulk and take for lunches throughout the week.

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