Make your taco meat ground turkey and add grated carrot and tomato for extra flavor and nutrition. Buy grated part-skim mozzarella in bulk – it is the most versatile cheese and you can use in almost any recipe and is several grams lower in fat than cheddar. Great way to use up left over cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and extra salsa that lingers at the bottom of the jar.


Makes 12 tacos


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 carrot, grated
1 stalk of celery, thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 package 40% less sodium taco seasoning
2 tablespoons “no salt added” tomato paste
1 star anise (optional)
1 cup shredded 2 % reduced fat cheddar cheese
3-4 large romaine lettuce leaves, thinly sliced
1 12-count package corn taco shells
4 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
4 tablespoons jarred salsa


Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Add the turkey, carrot, and celery, and garlic. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until meat begins to brown and the vegetables soften. Sprinkle with taco seasoning, tomato paste, and star anise if using. Continue to cook an additional minute or until the spices become fragrant. Add 3/4 cup of water. Reduce to a simmer and cook 5 to 10 minutes until turkey is no longer pink in the center and a thick sauce forms. Discard the star anise.

Meanwhile, place corn tortillas in oven or toaster oven heated to 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until warm. Assemble tacos by spooning in 2 tablespoons meat, cheese, and lettuce. Serve with sour cream and salsa table side.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (3 tacos)

440 calories. 38 g protein, 28 g carbohydrates, 17 g fat (5 g saturated), 70 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 784 mg sodium.

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