This is a featured recipe taken from The Most Decadent Diet Ever! By Chef Devin Alexander.
These miniaturized versions of tacos are one of my all-time favorite, kid-friendly snacks. When Frito-Lay introduced Baked! Scoops, I was so excited that I instantly went to work on creating dishes to ﬁll these little morsels. I ﬁnd them so festive. When I conjured these tacos, I couldn’t wait to show them to friends and clients. They’re so much fun. Not only can you eat 10 of them (how often do you get to eat 10 whole anything - outside of the recipes in this book, anyway - when you’re eating healthy?) for only 200 calories. Plus the whole family will be excited to dig into your “diet food.” And kids will be more than willing to help prepare them.
10 Tostitos Baked! Scoops
1/4 cup ﬁnely shredded romaine lettuce
2 tablespoons ﬁnely chopped tomatoes
1/2 ounce (about 2-1/2 tablespoons) ﬁnely shredded Cabot’s 75% light cheddar cheese, or your favorite low-fat cheddar
1 teaspoon lower-sodium taco seasoning
2 ounces 96% lean ground beef
1 tablespoon mild or hot red taco sauce
Arrange the Scoops side by side on a plate.
Mix the lettuce, tomatoes and cheese in a medium bowl until well combined. Divide evenly among the Scoops (about 1-1/2 teaspoons per Scoop).
Stir 2 teaspoons water into the taco seasoning in a small bowl until it has no lumps. Set aside.
Preheat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Put in the beef. Use a wooden spoon to coarsely crumble the meat as it cooks. When the beef is no longer pink, after 1 to 2 minutes, stir in the seasoning mixture. When no liquid remains, after about 1 minute, remove from the heat.
Divide the meat evenly among the Scoops, atop the lettuce mixture (about 1 teaspoon in each). Dollop the top of each with taco sauce. Serve immediately.
Makes 10 servings.
Note: So often I hear people talk about “moderation” in healthy eating. And while it’s true we can’t be eating troughs’ worth of food or entire half gallons of ice cream, we certainly don’t need to go hungry – ever! I’ve lost 70 pounds, and I still love eating! One of my favorite snack recipes is my tiny tacos! You get 10 whole tiny tacos - made with real beef! - for only 202 calories. If you seek out a few high-volume recipes to have on hand for those times you really feel like eating, you’ll never feel deprived!
Per serving: 202 calories, 17 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 2 g ﬁber, 446 mg sodium.