Turkey Taco

Recently, a group was using our kitchen at work to teach a nutritious cooking class for daycare providers. The group leader invited me to sample some of their recipe. I really liked this tasty taco. It wasn’t too spicy and extra healthy with beans and sweet potatoes. Jeremiah and I used tortillas high in fiber so one taco really filled us up. We also served it with fresh guacamole and homemade tortilla chips.

Turkey TacoTurkey Tacos by John Haddock
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 can white beans, drained
1 sweet potato, zucchini, or carrot grated
1 can low sodium diced tomatoes
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper

Cook ground turkey over a medium heat. Add beans, veggies, and seasoning. Cook on medium for 20 minutes. Serve in a tortilla shell. Top with shredded cheese and any desired toppings (tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, salsa, or sour cream).

Cinnamon Vinaigrette

Last year, I had a chance to judge Harvesters AmeriCorps Members’ Lunch Challenge. This activity is an event kind of like one of those Food Network chef shows but for people learning to create a nutritious meal on a budget. They are given a mystery pantry bag of groceries and a handful of seasonings. Then, they can purchase items from a grocery store. But wait, your goal is to feed everyone in your group for less than a $1.50 per person (the max benefit for person receiving SNAP – former called food stamps).

I’m not a salad person. You will never find me go to a restaurant and order a salad. But when I sampled this romaine lettuce and apple salad with a cinnamon flavored dressing, I wanted more. I asked the team how they made it but I couldn’t get an exact recipe. Below is my recreation. Although I am not 100% sure it is the same – it does taste good.

I served this recipe over romaine lettuce and chopped honey crisp apples. You could probably add croutons, feta, and nuts to your salad and it would still taste delicious.

Cinnamon Vinaigrette Cinnamon Vinaigrette by Amber Bourek
¼ c. Balsamic vinaigrette
½ c. honey
½ c. water (may need to add a little more to thin honey)
cinnamon to taste

Mix ingredients and pour over salad.

Note: I did not peal the apples but my boyfriend thinks it would be good that way as well.