Sunday, January 16, 2011

Turkey Black Bean Soft Tacos & Weekly Menu

So last week I posted our weekly menu... well, work happened - the menu did not.  We did get 50% of the items made because we're doing our best to stick to our budget.  Speaking of which, I had another GREAT shopping trip today where I spent about $100 instead of the retail price of $300 - but I'm too tired to add it all up and post about it.  I will say, the best part of the shopping trip today was how many fresh and healthy options I got from the grocery store and of course, my stock up on toilet paper and paper towels.  Wow... I'm officially boring for having just written that!  Anyway, back to the menu of last week.  We ended up making the BBQ Pork Loin, Omelets and Turkey Black Bean Soft Tacos (recipe and pics below).

This week, I'm determined to go BIG or go home (alright, I'll already be home if I'm making this stuff... but you get the point).

Recipes coming this week:
  • Turkey Stuffed Potatoes (carried over from last week)
  • Swedish meatballs over egg noodles/brown rice (carried over from last week)
  • Chicken Parmesan with pasta (again, carried over from last week)
  • Slow cooker London broil with mashed potatoes
  • Steak with roasted asparagus and tomatoes
Turkey Black Bean Soft Tacos

Ingredients: (it looks like a lot, but it's easy - promise)
1 pd. of ground turkey 93% lean
1 packet of taco seasoning mix
3/4 cup of water
small whole wheat tortillas
1 can of whole kernel corn, drained
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup of chopped yellow onion
2 cups of diced red, green and yellow pepper
1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp all spice seasoning, we use Badia All Spice - found in the Mexican section of our grocery store
1 cup of grape or cherry tomatoes
1 cup of romaine lettuce
1 cup of shredded cheese (we enjoyed the taco shredded cheese for this dish)
lite sour cream
salsa (we used my mother in-laws homemade salsa that she sent home with us - AMAZING!)
Optional: side of uncle Ben's brown Santa Fe rice - 90 second kind of course!


  • In large skillet, heat olive oil on medium high heat.  Add chopped onions - cook for 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, cook for 2 minutes.  Add peppers and all spice seasoning and cook for 4 more minutes.  Finally, add corn and black beans.  Cook mixture on medium high heat for another 5 to 6 minutes, continually stirring, until heated through.
  • Brown ground turkey in medium skillet.  Add taco seasoning and 3/4 cup of water.  Simmer on low until ready to serve (at least 5 minutes).
  • Make rice in the microwave - 90 seconds!  Warm tortillas in microwave for 20 seconds each.
  • Serve with salsa, lettuce, cheese, sour cream.

For my meal, I use 1 small tortilla, 1/4 cup turkey taco meat, 1/4 cup veggie mix, 1/2 table spoon lite sour cream, 1 oz. shredded cheese, 2 tablespoons salsa, a few pieces of lettuce and 1/4 cup rice.

I'm curious, what do your weekly menus look like???  Post below to share with others!

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