The Junk-Food Masquerade
It's official. I'm bored out of my mind. This is my third day in a row free from exams, and I hardly know what to do with myself. I very well could have decided to make an elaborate meal for dinner tonight that would have taken hours and hours to complete, but I was just cooking for myself, and that seemed like a waste of energy. Instead, I decided on quick and healthy fare masquerading as junk food.
These Lettuce Wrap "Tacos" are, believe it or not, South Beach Diet approved. Extra-lean ground beef, reduced-fat sour cream, low-sugar tomato sauce, and lettuce "tortillas" give you all the flavor without the fat and carbs. Great for feeding a crowd, or just yourself (hooray for leftovers!).
Lettuce Wrap "Tacos"
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 red or green bell pepper, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 c. low-sugar tomato sauce
- 1 head of iceberg lettuce
- Low-fat cheddar cheese, grated
- Reduced fat sour cream
Suggested Wine Pairing:
I like my tacos with a nice big red wine, like a cabernet or a malbec. If you make these tacos really spicy, even though they're made with beef, you might enjoy the sweeter mouth-soothing taste of a California riesling. Of course, don't forget the classic Mexican food pairings: margaritas and cerveza!