Friday, March 14, 2008

Southwest Turkey Tacos

This is a quick and tasty meal that is also perfect for Weight Watchers.

1/2 chopped onion
1 lb. lean ground white turkey
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 can Rotel cilantro and lime diced tomatoes
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
chopped tomatoes
fat-free shredded cheese, if desired
whole wheat flour tortillas

Saute onion, add ground turkey and cook until done. Add taco seasoning and 3/4 C water. Mix in Rotel and beans. Simmer 10-15 minutes. Serve as soft tacos.

Weight Watchers Points: 6 per taco

I am thrilled to make something leaner, healthier and still have it taste delicious. This satisfied my Tex-Mex craving. Annelise said it was like a fiesta in her tummy, so I think she liked it.

Spicy Turkey Pasta

This is not much of a recipe really, but it is something I made recently after starting Weight Watchers.

1/2 chopped onion
1 tsp. minced garlic(to taste)
1 lb. extra lean white ground turkey
1 jar Classico Spicy Tomato and Basil Spaghetti Sauce
1 can diced Italian style tomatoes
dashes of oregano and basil
1-2 bay leaves
Whole Wheat Penne or Spaghetti

Saute chopped onion and garlic, add ground turkey and cook until done. Stir in sauces, add dashes of oregano and basil, add bay leaves. Cover and simmer 20-30 minutes. Cook pasta according to directions. Serves 4.

I was wary of cooking with ground turkey, but I must admit I ended up LOVING this simple dish. Annelise (age 4) gobbled it up too and Scott ate several helpings. So, a hit all around.

Weight Watchers points: approx. 7-8