Recipe: Mama Sophia’s Turkey Taco

The Princess likes her meat, but it has gotten to the point that I can’t look at a slab of steak, package of ground beef, or chicken with an inward cringe and muttering “not again.”

When the nutritionist at my health club recommended that I look toward increasing my protein intake and decreasing my carbs, I was feeling bummed out. Gimme bread and pasta; I can give up meat. She explained that carbs create sugar roller coasters which make me crave more carbs, and if I really wanted to work on losing weight and getting fit, I need to rebalance what I eat so I have more protein, healthy fats, and less of the carbs. Plus, I need protein to help build the muscles which will help burn the fat.

Armed with this info, I gave myself a cooking challenge to use ground turkey, a protein source that we don’t usually have at home.

I decided to make my own turkey taco using ground turkey, and it turned out great. I even had it for lunch in a salad today without tortilla. Surprisingly enough, I found myself not craving sweets during my usual 2 to 3 pm window. Go figure—the nutritionist might be on to something.

Recipe: Mama Sophia’s Turkey Taco (dairy-free)
1 package ground turkey
1 Medium onion (chopped finely)
Cumin
Cayenne pepper
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, thyme)
Memmi sauce or Bragg’s Aminos (for umami)

Saute onion in some olive oil, and add ground turkey, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, with your choice of umami sauce (Memmi or Bragg’s). It’s ready when most of the liquid is gone (about 10-15 minutes).

Serve with favorite toppings:
tortilla (avoid, if you’re watching carbs)—wrap with lettuce instead or other leafy green
shredded romaine lettuce
tomato
avocado
freshly minced onions
fresh cilantro
peppers
salsa (I like Frontera’s)
shredded cheese (since I am dairy-free, I use Daiya—I put it directly on the hot meat so it melts)
hot stuff (My husband likes to add some heat with Cholula hot sauce and/or sriracha, and even some kimchee.)

So quick, easy, and yummy! Great for making during the workweek and heating up leftovers (if any) the next day.

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