Build Your Own Tacos (Vegetarian)— Fun Food With Friends & Family

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Colorful Diabetes-Friendly and Family-Friendly Meal

We had so much fun the other night "building our own" tacos. They were even vegetarian! We used the MyRecipes (see link above) for the taco filling and then organized the healthy toppings to include when building your own taco. You can choose hard taco shells or soft tortillas depending on your family's preference. Everyone loved them and thought it was a lot of fun putting together the tacos as they wanted. Each taco could be different and they got to choose! There were lots of smiles and laughter. We even imagined this could be a fun dinner to have when friends are over. The key is picking healthy and filling toppings.

The Healthy Taco Bar Toppings (for 4)-

Vegetarian Kid-Friendly Tacos

1 small onion, chopped
1 green or yellow pepper, chopped
1/2 head lettuce, shredded
1/2 (10 ounce) package shredded carrots
1/2 (6 ounce package radishes, sliced
1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 (16 ounce) jar salsa
1/2 (8 ounce) package shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1/2 (8 ounce) package shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

As you can see, there are a lot of shredded and sliced vegetables. There is no guacamole or sour cream. It makes a big difference. But the fun and satisfaction are no less without fact, they many even be better because you feel healthier and you don't have to worry about over doing it! The best way to be when enjoying a meal with family and friends.

Build Your Own Tacos Night Is A Hit With Everyone!

Nutritional Information: Calories (two tacos per serving): 334. Calories from fat 34%; Fat 12.5g; Satfat 3.8g; Monofat 0.0g; Polyfat 0.0g; Protein 20.3g; Carbohydrate 34.4g; Fiber 6.1g; Cholesterol 17mg; Iron 0.0mg; Sodium 494mg; Calcium 0.0mg.

I paired this with a fruit salad (1/2 cup = 54 cal). Fat 0.81g; SatFat 0.614g; PolyFat 0.042g; MonoFat 0.051g; Protein 0.63g; Carbohydrate 12.5g; Fiber 1.7g; Sugars 10.23g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 5mg.

The total calories for the meal were 415.

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