Taco Salad

I find myself asking family and friends several times a month/week/day what they are making for dinner. I always need recipe inspo and reminders. Sometimes I just have a block and cannot come up with anything that sounds appetizing.

Taco salads are one of those meals I often forget about but every time I make them they are so good and husband approved.

For a healthier version of one that does not skimp on any of the exciting things, I always substitute ground turkey for ground beef. It is so good and saves many calories and grams of fat.

Below I am going to write the steps that I take and the ingredients that I use but everything is up to you!

Taco Salad:

– Brown the ground turkey in a medium sized skillet

– Drain any grease, add 2/3 cup of water and seasoning.

I use either Less Sodium Taco Seasoning packet or I make my own based on this recipe, http://allrecipes.com/recipe/taco-seasoning-i/

– Chop Romaine lettuce and cilantro, toss together.

Plate your greens, top with ground turkey  add your favorites!

This week we are using chopped jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, a bit of grated cheddar cheese, green onions and the most important part – Fiesta Ranch Dressing!!


For the dressing:

One small container of fat free Greek yogurt

Approximately 1/4 package of Fiesta Ranch seasoning (it doesn’t take much and if you only use a 1/4 then you have 3 more uses from this one little packet!)

1 Tbs. of your favorite salsa

While the turkey is browning I combine this and put it back in the refrigerator until everything is ready.

Other topping ideas:


Black Olives

Squeeze of lime

What are your favorite toppings?

Well aware this is absolutely elementary but I hope you enjoy!!

***Julia likes to omit the cheese and make a quick Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette to make this recipe gluten and dairy free!


A Flat White at Home

Monday. The weekend is always short, and the week ahead may seem long, but before starting my morning commute, I’m taking a minute to start my week with a little bit of luxury –  homemade flat white!
A small Bialetti espresso maker will cost you about $15 and has been bringing beautifully simple and absolutely delicious espresso drinks to people’s homes since the 1930s.  Just load in your espresso and water, pop it on the stove-top, and wait until you see steam coming from the top.
In the meantime, warm your milk either on the stove or in the microwave.  I used cashew milk, which was seriously wonderful, but you should use whatever kind of milk you prefer.
Then pour your espresso over your milk, sweeten if you like, and be ready to face your work week!  Or at least face this morning with a bit of a coffee buzz.