Michelle’s 7 Layer Taco Salad

Taco-Salad

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Individual Pizza Pies

individual pizza pie

Ingredients:

1 can tomato sauce, (8 oz.)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 drop red pepper sauce, up to 3
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp oregano, marjoram or basil
5 whole wheat English muffins
12 oz extra lean beef, or lean chicken, or other lean meat topping
4 oz grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

Directions:

Combine first 6 ingredients. Mix well.
Brown ground round and drain excess grease.
Cover each English muffin half with a layer of cooked ground round.
Spread with tomato sauce mixture and sprinkle with cheese, onion, green pepper and mushrooms.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees F. for 5-10 minutes or until cheese melts.

Ground Beef Pizza

ground beef pizza

Ingredients:

1 lb extra-lean ground beef
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 c fresh tomatoes (I prefer to use grape or cherry tomatoes halved)
Other veggie toppings of choice
2 T parsley, chopped
2 T onion chopped fine (I’ve also used dehydrated minced onions here, just stick them in a tsp of water to rehydrate)
1/2 c Low-fat shredded cheese
2 1/2 T Italian seasoning

Diabetic Pizza Sauce
Diabetic Pizza Crust

Directions:

Combine ground beef, salt and pepper.
Spread sauce over baked crust.
Sprinkle meat over sauce.
Spread tomatoes over meat.
Add any other veggies you like.
Combine remaining ingredients; sprinkle over pizza.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes until cheese is melted and veggies are warm. (note that if you top with bell peppers or onions you should not pre-bake crust unless you want crispy veggies)
Cut into 6 equal wedges to serve.