Monthly Archives: April 2014

Mexican Pizza

Taco Bell style mexican pizza.. made a little healthier! Yes, even as a dietitian, I do have fast food cravings and a Taco Bell mexican pizza is one of them! Try this homemade version for a healthier alternative. 

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1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
1 packet taco seasoning (I use Penzeys taco seasoning)
1/2 cup water
6 medium size flour tortillas
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
1 (16 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and pepper-jack cheese
1 tomato, diced
1 green onion, diced
1 small can sliced olives, optional Continue reading


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Breakfast Tacos with Homemade Salsa

A delicious and easy breakfast taco! Not just for breakfast, great for a simple dinner too. Mix it up and add in some fajita style veggies – sliced bell peppers and onions. Serve with fresh fruit for a complete meal.


1 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp minced jalapeño pepper
1/4 tsp salt
4 tsp fresh lime juice, divided
1 tsp minced garlic, divided
1 cup refried beans
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp low-fat milk
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
cooking spray
1/4 cup chopped green onions
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 tsp reduced-fat sour cream Continue reading

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Chicken Tacos with Mango Jicama Salad

Fresh mango and crunchy jicama complement the spicy chicken in this mexican inspired taco dish. Serve with refried beans and mexican rice for a complete meal.


Salad Ingredients:
3/4 cup julienne-cut peeled jicama
1/2 cup sliced peeled ripe mango
1/4 cup sliced red onion
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 tsp salt
black pepper, as desired

Taco Ingredients:
1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp ground chipotle chile pepper
1 cup sliced red bell pepper
1 cup sliced red onion
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 cup mixed salad greens Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

An easy and delicious beef taco! Start in the morning before heading to work and come home to a delicious, warm & slightly spicy meal! I like to make mexican rice with some of the leftover juices from the slow cooker.


2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp paprika
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 lbs boneless chuck roast
1/2 large sweet onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (10.5 oz) can beef broth
3 Tbsp tomato paste
1-2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
tortillas (I use whole wheat)
taco toppings (avocado, lettuce, tomato, salsa, rice, cheese, refried beans… etc) Continue reading

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Sweet & Spicy Citrus Tilapia

A quick and easy marinade makes this fish pop for dinner! Also yummy on chicken – marinate longer than this recipe states and then grill it outside! Great bright flavors. Pair with freshly steamed veggies or a cool marinated vegetable salad for a complete meal.


4 (6-oz) tilapia fillets
cooking spray
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 tsp paprika Continue reading


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Ranch Style Beef Wraps

A fun kid-friendly recipe packed full of lean protein, whole grains, and veggies! Serve with apple slices for a delicious and easy meal.

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1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup water
1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
2 Tbsp dry ranch dressing mix
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cups packaged broccoli or coleslaw mix
4 medium whole grain tortillas
toppings, as desired (apple slices, red bell pepper, cucumber, carrot, sliced almonds, or chow main noodles…) Continue reading

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Thai Beef Salad

This deliciously light salad is perfect for a light dinner. Thinly sliced steak adds nice flavor and mixes up the weekly rotation of chicken at my house. Good for leftovers the next day too – especially cold!


1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp grated orange rind
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 small serrano chile
2 tsp olive oil
4 (4-oz) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups shredded Napa cabbage
1 cup grated, seeded, peeled cucumber
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 (12-oz) package broccoli coleslaw
1 (11-oz) can mandarin oranges in extra light syrup, drained

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