Homemade Taco Filling

home made tacos filling

The best tasting tacos are the ones made at home. So next time you’re having a craving, skip the fast food joint and try this recipe.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 30min

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 2 can diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 3 tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 can whole corn (drained)
  • Taco shells
  • Grated cheese

Directions:

  1. Brown the chuck in a large frying pan and drain.
  2. Add the tomatoes, chili powder, garlic and corn.
  3. Stir the ingredients in the pan for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve in taco shells and top with grated cheese. You can also add fresh lettuce and taco sauce if you like.

Homemade Taco Shells

vegetarian recipes

Sure you can buy taco shells at the supermarket, but frying your own at home tastes so much better. Don’t worry, there is an easy, no-mess way to do it.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 30min

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of small corn or flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

Directions:

  1. Put the oil in a soup pot that is slightly bigger in diameter than the tortillas.
  2. Heat the oil on medium heat until it starts to boil.
  3. With a pair of cooking tongs, lower a tortilla halfway into the oil.
  4. When the part of the tortilla in the oil starts to turn golden, release the tortilla and turn it using the tongs until the uncooked side is in the oil. Make sure that the cooked side folds over the uncooked side.
  5. When the second side is golden, lay the tortilla on a rack to drain while you cook the other tacos.

Homemade Peanut Butter Granola

Homemade Peanut Butter Granola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t buy pre-packaged granola that’s full of preservatives. Make this homemade, protein filled version instead.

Yield: 7-10 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 30min

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar-free syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven it 300 degrees.
  2. Combine the peanut butter, old-fashioned oats and syrup in a large mixing bowl. You can use a food processor to mix the ingredients, but hands works best.
  3. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Spread the mixture from the mixing bowl onto the pan.
  5. Cook the mixture at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the oats start to brown on the bottom.
  6. Let the granola cool, then put it in a large storage container.
  7. Dump the dried cranberries and raisins into the container. Don’t add the fruit to the granola before cooking it because the heat of the oven can scorch the skin of the fruit, which makes it bitter.
  8. Put the lid on the container and shake it so the fruit mixes in with the granola.

Oatmeal with a Twist

easy desserts for a crowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oatmeal can be boring if you make it the same way day after day. But remember it is heart friendly meal.  Here is a recipe to try next time you want something different.

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 10min

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbs. agave syrup
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 Grapenuts cereal

Directions:

  1. Put the dry ingredients into a pot.
  2. While stirring, add the milk and syrup.
  3. Cook on medium heat until the oatmeal reaches your desired consistency.

Fruity Ice Cream Delight

dessert recipes for kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This low calorie ice cream sensation is a tropical mix of citrus, banana, cherry and vanilla. One serving is 1 1/3 cups, but it only has 130 calories. That’s a lot of ice cream parfait for the calories!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: NA

Ingredients:

  • Dreyer’s Most Orange-inal ice cream
  • Dreyer’s One Split Wonder ice cream
  • Sugar-free cherry syrup
  • A bag of frozen cherries (defrosted)

 

Directions:

  1. First, on the bottom of a desert cup, make a thin layer (1/3 cup) of Dreyer’s Most Orange-inal ice cream.
  2. Next, cover the layer with a couple squeezes of sugar-free cherry syrup.
  3. Add a layer (1/3 cup) of Dreyer’s One Split Wonder ice cream and top with cherry syrup.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 two more times and top the treat with 1/3 cup frozen cherries.
  5. Serve right away.

Herb and Turkey Pita

Herb and Turkey Pita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pita can be made in less than five minutes and has only 177 calories. The Italian herbs are what give this hearty lunch its zing. This will be your main course. You can serve low calorie chips or vegetables and dip as a side dish.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: NA

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole wheat pitas
  • 1 lb. deli sliced turkey
  • Romaine lettuce

Directions:

  1. First, cut the pita in half and put it aside.
  2. Dust three slices of thin deli cut turkey breast with 1 teaspoon of Italian herbs.
  3. Next, stuff the turkey and a leaf of romaine lettuce into the pita.
  4. Drizzle with your choice of dressing.

Pink Stuff Salad

Pink Stuff Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink stuff salad may sound weird, but once you try it you’ll be hooked. It combines creamy, tart and crunchy into an amazing dessert.

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Chill Time: 8 hours

 

  • 2 packets sugar-free gelatin
  • 1 container of sugar-free whipped cream
  • 2 packets of cream cheese
  • 2 cans fruit cocktail
  • 1 sliced banana
  • ½ a bag of coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

 

  1. Mix all ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.

Sweet Potato Pie Muffins

muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants and contain manganese, copper, vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin potassium, B6, and iron. This muffin also contains cinnamon. Read Health Benefits of Cinnamon to learn more about this healthy spice.

Yield: 10-12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20-25 min

Cook Time: 20-25 min

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ ground cloves
  • 1 8oz. can of sweet potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Drain the sweet potatoes.
  3. Blend the sweet potatoes until smooth with a food processor.
  4. Mix together the dry ingredients and then blend in the wet ingredients.
  5. Grease the muffin tin if you are not using muffin cups.
  6. Fill the muffin tin or muffin cups 2/3 of the way full.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Low Calorie Margaritas

margaritas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to be able to drink margaritas and still watch those calories? Well this is the margarita for you! This margarita has only 109 calories per serving and tastes just like the original. Serve it as your appetizer.

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Ingredients:

  • 80 proof tequila
  • Partida Agave Nectar
  • Ice
  • Lime juice
  • Margarita salt

Directions:

  1. First, in a glass or shaker, add 1 1/2 cups of ice cubes and 2 tablespoons of clear, 80 proof tequila.
  2. Next, add 2 tablespoons of Partida Agave Nectar.
  3. Juice one lime and add the juice.
  4. Shake the mixture.
  5. Add to the blender. Use the pulse button to grate the ice into fine flakes.
  6. Serve with a lime wedge and margarita salt.

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin is a classic holiday food, but it is also full of vitamins and minerals. In fact, one serving of pumpkin has 763% the recommended daily dosage of Vitamin A and 7 grams of fiber. It also contains calcium, iron and Vitamin C.

Yield: 10-12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20-25 min

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 8oz. can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients and then blend in the wet ingredients.
  3. Grease the muffin tin if you are not using muffin cups.
  4. Fill the muffin tin or muffin cups 2/3 of the way full.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
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