Hungry Girl Goes... In Search of Taco Night Essentials!

Written by lisa lillien on 2/27/2012 10:05 AM | COMMENTS (6)

It doesn't have to be Tuesday... Enjoy guilt-free tacos at home anytime!

La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Original Tortillas
When it comes to making soft tacos, these 6-inch tortillas are the best. They're made from the same ingredients as their larger, 80-calorie counterparts (which I'm always talking about), but those are better suited for burritos. With these, you get a whole bunch of whole-wheat goodness in a small tortilla. And like the larger ones, they've got lots of fiber and protein!
Each tortilla has 50 calories, 2g fat, 10g carbs, 7g fiber, 5g protein, and a PointsPlus® value of 1.

Boca Meatless Ground Crumbles and Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Grillers Recipe Crumbles
While lean ground turkey and extra-lean ground beef are perfectly good options for protein-packed taco fillers, these ground-beef-style soy crumbles give you the best bang for your calorie buck. They're also the most convenient, 'cuz they're basically ready to use right out of the package (they come frozen and precooked; just heat 'n eat) and perfect when you don't need a whole pound of crumbled meat. Woohoo!
Each 1/2-cup serving of Boca Meatless Ground Crumbles has 60 calories, 0.5g fat, 6g carbs, 3g fiber, 13g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 2.
Each 2/3-cup serving of Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Grillers Recipe Crumbles has 80 calories, 2.5g fat, 5g carbs, 3g fiber, 10g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 2.

Shredded Fat-Free Cheddar Cheese
Even though reduced-fat cheddar is more flavorful, you'll be topping your tacos with all kinds of delicious goodies anyway — why not save fat grams and calories with the fat-free stuff? Then splurge on a slice of two of that avocado you were eyeing.
Each 1/4-cup serving has about 45 calories, 0g fat, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 8.5g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 1.

La Victoria Thick 'n Chunky Mild Salsa
This jarred salsa is a real crowd-pleaser and my go-to grocery store pick. It's not spicy, but it certainly doesn't lack flavor. And it has lots of chunky veggies! Feel free to pile your tacos high with this stuff — a tablespoon has only 5 calories!
Each 2-tbsp. serving has 10 calories, 0g fat, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 0.

Taco Seasoning Mix
Packets of dry seasoning mix are the easiest way to punch up the flavor of your taco meat for hardly any calories. Choose from different flavors, like chipotle, and spice levels. And if you're watching your salt intake, look for reduced-sodium mixes. These packets are fantastic!
Each 1-tsp. serving has around 10 calories, 0g fat, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 0.

Corn Taco Shells
I'm not calling out a particular brand here because most of the corn taco shells you find in the grocery store have pretty reasonable stats. Look for standard-sized (not jumbo) shells with around 60 calories each. And if you can find 'em, go for the flat-bottomed shells — they're much easier to assemble and usually fit more guilt-free goodies inside. P.S. Some brands even make whole-grain corn taco shells with double fiber. Nice!
Each shell has about 60 calories, 3g fat, 9g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 2.

Portabella Mushroom Caps
This isn't an obvious taco ingredient, but when you slice and sauté portabella mushroom caps, they work great as a steak swap! They're thick, juicy, and easy to cook up with other fajita fillers (like sliced onion and bell peppers) in the skillet. You won't miss the beef (or the calories and fat)... Truly!
Each 3-oz. mushroom cap has about 20 calories, < 0.5g fat, 4.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 2g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 0.

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  • Post Image pricklypear59 (carol)

    3/28/2012 7:45 PM
    These tacos sound great. I am going to try them. Thank you!

  • Post Image veggiepat44 (patti)

    3/7/2012 11:14 PM
    Your ideas and recipes are fantastic! I really appreciate you!

  • Post Image nancy1020602 (nancy)

    2/29/2012 9:14 AM
    i am looking for hungry girl breakfast skillet recipe it was a swap recipe for a lower version

  • Post Image lillou0482 (lauren)

    2/29/2012 6:38 AM
    Taco seasoning mix is awesomeeeee!!!!!

  • Post Image corkey10 (jan)

    2/28/2012 3:39 PM
    Thanks Hungry girl since I have struggled with my weight all the time . Its refreshing to know that there are good recipes out there and without all that fat!.

  • Post Image kreeser1 (karen)

    2/27/2012 3:55 PM
    HG...thanks for all your tips! Off topic, I just discovered Vita Muffins, and have to say YUM!


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