I've talked about Mexican food hundreds of times on this blog. In fact, I may have recently set a record for days in a row I consumed it. No shame in that, right? But it's also no secret that most mexican dishes aren't exactly healthy so I've been experimenting and working on a good at-home dish that combines all the delicious flavors without being TOO bad for you and I think I've come up with a winner. This may be one of my prouder moments.
You'll start by making 6 cups of cauliflower rice (1 head of cauliflower should do it!)
Let me just say that cauliflower rice is AMAZING and totally fools us into feeling like we're eating carbs. But goodness gracious, it's SO messy. I make mine in the food processor which is definitely the easiest way, but you still have to chop it a little to make the pieces small enough for the device. I swear, I'd made two clean cuts with my knife and there was cauli-crumbs everywhere already! Where's the dog when you need him??
It's totally worth it to make it- I'm just warning you that you're going to make a mess in the meantime. Anyway- put your cauliflower through the food processor; I used the 'shred' side of the blade. Then put it in a microwave safe dish, add a tablespoon of water, cover and microwave for about 6 minutes. As soon as the timer goes off, get that dish out of the microwave and uncover. Letting it sit too long can make it mushy. NOT the consistency you want!
The other goodness you'll need:
2 lb ground turkey
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 can diced tomatoes & green chilies
1 c. taco sauce (I found out Taco Bell's sauce is available in stores. I bought and used the mild sauce- so.good.)
1 c. cheese (I used a 3-cheese blend)
Garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder or even just 1 taco seasoning packet.
(You can't really mess up with the seasonings- just add to taste!)
Brown the turkey until done, then drain the liquid. Add turkey to a large mixing bowl and add your cauli-rice, and everything else except the cheese. Mix well, season it as you please :)
Then put everything in a baking dish, spread it evenly and sprinkle with cheese. I tried not to go overboard with it since I want to limit my dairy, but you can use as much as your little heart desires. Bake just 20 minutes at 350 degrees and VOILA! You've got yourself a lighter version of all those delicious Mexican flavors!
Anyone else have any great mexican dishes they've successfully lightened up??
Because you know I'd LOVE to have the recipe! :)