Through Lauren I discovered a great no-carb recipe blogger. Kalyn follows the South Beach diet, but a lot of the principles are the same, especially during “phase 1” of SBD. A number, if not the majority of the recipes I’ve tried are Kayln’s. I picked this one first, since it seemed easy enough and looked lunch friendly.

The first time around I used ground beef instead of ground turkey. And actually I prefer the beef to the turkey. Maybe I’m just not a turkey fan, but I found that I missed the flavors that the beef gave.
Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Chiles, Cumin, Cilantro, Lime and Tomato-Avocado Salsa
Recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen
1 T olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic (I used the stuff from the jar)
1-2 T diced green chiles (again, from the jar)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (Kalyn used chipotle chile powder but I didn’t have any)
1.5 lbs ground beef (Kayln uses turkey but I really preferred the beef)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 thinly sliced green onions
1 large bunch of cilantro
2 T lime juice (Kayln says to use fresh. I used it from the bottle)
2 large heads of romaine lettuce.

Ingredients for the salsa
2 medium avocados, diced
1.5 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 T lime juice
2 T olive oil
salt to taste

I started by sautéing the garlic and green chilis in olive oil for about a minute. Then added the cumin and cayenne pepper and sautéed for a minute more.
Added the ground beef. Cooked until it was browned. Can’t remember how long it takes, maybe 5 minutes? But you can easily tell if it’s done or not. Even I had no problems with this one.
Chopped the green onions and the cilantro while the beef cooked.
Added in the green onions first and let it cook a couple minutes more. Then turn off the heat and added the cilantro and 2 T lime juice.
For the salsa, I just threw together the chopped tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, 2 T lime juice and 2 T olive oil. You can add sea salt to taste but I think I might have skipped that step.
Now for the assemble. Take a big piece of lettuce, add a few spoonfuls of the beef mixture, then add a spoonful of the salsa. Easy enough to make….not so easy to eat. I made this recipe thinking it would be a great idea to bring for lunch and ended up getting so frustrated that I ate it with a fork and threw out the lettuce.
So the next day I tried something else. This time I cut the lettuce into pieces and added a spoonful of the salsa mixture in a tupperware container. I kept the beef mixture in a separate container, which I popped into the microwave at the office. Mixed the two together and tada! Much easier to eat with a fork. And it still tasted great.

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