Michelle’s 7 Layer Taco Salad



1/2 pound extra lean ground beef
low-salt multi-grain tortilla chips
Romaine lettuce
3 med. tomatoes
1/2 finely shredded light old cheddar cheese
1 can sliced olives
green onions
1 can refried beans (or make your own)
1/4 c. salsa
peppers – optional


Brown your beef until it’s crumbly. If you didn’t use extra lean beef, drain and rinse the beef with hot water.
Heat refried beans on med-low heat until bubbly, stirring frequently. Add salsa and combine. Return to bubbling and then remove from heat.

Get out 3 plates

Layer 1
crush your chips and top your salad or leave them whole and place a layer on the bottom

Layer 2
Divide the beans evenly onto the 3 plates

Layer 3
Divide the meat evenly

Layer 4
Divide the head of Romaine between the 3 plates

Layer 5
Chop 1 tomato per plate and distribute around the plate

Layer 6
Olives, Peppers, and Onions

Layer 7
Divide cheese between the 3 plates

Serves 3. Top with a bit of sour cream or salsa if you like, or a light salad dressing. I eat mine as is but hubby likes dressing :)

Note: Feel free to omit anything you don’t like and substitute or add any veggie you prefer.

Chile Cheese Roll

chili cheese roll


1 c shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
1/2 c skim ricotta cheese
1 T finely chopped parsley
1 T chopped green chile
4 drops of Tabasco
1-1/2 t minced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp finely chopped pecans
20 reduced fat Triscuit or Wheat Thin crackers


Blend cheddar and ricotta cheese until just combined.
Stir in parsley, chiles, onion, garlic and hot pepper seasoning.
Shape into ball or log; wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours.
To serve, roll in pecans; cut log into 1/4-inch slices.
Place slices on wafers.

Chuckwagon Cheese Burgers

cooking spray, non-fat
1 lb extra lean ground beef
2 tbsp dry onion soup mix
1/8 tsp liquid smoke flavoring
1/2 cup grated cheese, fat-free
2 tbsp egg substitute or, 1 small egg
2 tbsp cream of mushroom soup, fat-free
black pepper


Spray skillet with cooking spray.
Combine beef, onion soup mix, liquid smoke, cheese, egg, mushroom soup, and black pepper (as desired), in medium bowl and mix thoroughly.
Form meat mixture into six patties.
In skillet on low heat, brown patties on one side.
Turn gently and brown on the other side.