Trying new Keto recipes is great and all, but putting a million ingredients into my macro counting app gets kind of old, so I usually save my new Keto recipes to try for the weekends and throughout the weekdays I stick to easy meal prep lunches.
Once I discovered how to make a taco salad bowl it stayed at the top of my go-to easy keto meal prep options.
It’s basically just ground beef with homemade taco seasoning over shredded lettuce and topped with your favorite taco toppings.
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First, in a skillet over medium-high heat brown one pound of ground beef, preferably Organic grass-fed ground beef. I get mine from Trader Joe’s for only $6 per pound.
I know it’s a little more expensive than regular ground beef, but you’ll be able to make at least 4- 5 taco salads out of the pound of ground beef, so $1.20 per meal isn’t bad at all for the peace of mind that you’ll be having a much healthier meat every day for lunch.
Grass-fed beef may have heart-health benefits such as:
More omega-3 fatty acids
Contains fat that’s thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks
More antioxidants and vitamin E
Whereas conventional beef cattle eat grain-based feeds, usually containing corn or soy and are given antibiotics and growth hormones, which means if they eat that, then you eat them, you’re consuming the antibiotics and growth hormones too … yuck!
OK back to the taco salad making…once you add the ground beef to the skillet also add the seasonings that make up the homemade taco seasoning; cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Once the ground beef is browned remove from heat and set aside. I prefer to let the meat cool before adding it to my salad because hot ground beef on a salad is kind of weird.
In the meantime, prepare your desired salad toppings. Cut up cherry tomatoes, slice an avocado, shred some cheddar cheese etc.
Side note: I recommend buying a block of cheddar cheese and shredding it yourself. When you buy pre-shredded cheese it contains cellulose that prevents it from clumping together, which oddly enough is actually made from wood pulp… don’t believe me? Google it, I swear!
You can really add whatever taco toppings you’d prefer, however, to keep it Keto I’d stay away from corn and go easy on the black beans if you decide to add those.
The best Keto friendly Taco toppings are:
If you are portioning them out for meal prep I recommend waiting for the meat to cool completely so it doesn’t make your lettuce soggy!
I put these Fitpacker Meal Prep Containers on our wedding registry and they have been our most used gift we got ha ha.
They are perfect for meal prep, microwavable, dishwasher safe, Sure lock seal and my favorite part is how nicely they stack together so my Tupperware cabinet doesn’t look like a tornado blew through it!
Only negative is they don't look pretty in pictures, so if you plan to take pictures pretend to be fancy and use glass containers.
Also keep in mind when you are reusing the same containers over and over you want to be sure you’re using BPA free plastic thats free of toxins and what not! PS Fitpacker Containers are.
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Keto Taco Salad
Makes 5 Servings
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 7 Minutes
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 lb Ground Beef (preferably grass fed beef)
1/2 tablespoon Cumin
3/4 tablespoon Chili powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
salt & black pepper to taste
5 oz shredded cheddar cheese
5 tablespoons sour cream
5 Cups Shredded lettuce
jalapeno or other taco toppings optional
HOW TO DO IT:
in a skillet over medium-high heat brown one pound of ground beef, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Fully combine and cook until ground beef is browned, remove from heat and set aside
In 5 separate meal prep containers portion out 1 cup of shredded lettuce, 1 oz shredded cheddar, 1 tablespoon sour cream, and 3 oz of the ground beef mixture once it has completely cooled. <-- this is what the nutrition facts are based off of, but feel free to add whatever taco toppings you prefer.
Nutritional information is provided and I keep it as accurate as possible. Keep in mind nutrition facts on all ingredients may vary depending on the different brands you may use. I am not a doctor and advise solely from personal experience. Please consult your doctor before adding any supplement or foods to your current diet.
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