Make: A New (Healthier!) Take on Tacos
This could be mental but I find organic ground beef to be much more flavorful than the conventional stuff. We eat it about once a week in my house, and while chili and stuffed peppers are all well and fine, I decided to take my beef hankerings in a different direction recently — and it paid off.
I decided to try beef tacos with a twist. First, I started with an eggplant. Yes, an eggplant. See, I realized that by including it in my recipe, I could stretch the meat — which, in turn, stretches my dollar. Organic meat is pricey, so by adding a “meaty” vegetable I almost doubled my yield (and reduced the calories and fat by almost half). The Swiss chard is mild and a great way to introduce yourself (and your family) to a different green, but you could sub spinach or shredded romaine if it’s easier.
If you’re looking for something new or a bit of a twist on taco night, consider these!
Beef and Eggplant Tacos with Swiss Chard and Yogurt Sauce
Serves four — three tacos per serving
For the tacos
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium eggplant, diced
1 1/3 lb. organic ground beef
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 tbsp. tomato paste
3/4 c. hot water
For the yogurt sauce
1 c. nonfat (or low-fat, or regular) Greek plain yogurt
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/3 c. minced red onion
salt and pepper to taste
12 corn tortillas, warmed
3-4 c. sliced Swiss chard leaves
Fresh parsley leaves
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Add eggplant and saute until softened, about eight minutes. Remove to a plate.
- Add beef and cook until browned. Add garlic, oregano, onion powder, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
- Add tomato paste and water and stir well to combine.
- For sauce, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk well.
- To assemble, fill the bottom of each shell with meat and top with Swiss chard. Drizzle sauce on top and repeat with the next taco.
Per taco (three tacos per serving): 184 calories, 5 fat grams, 45 milligrams cholesterol, 179 milligrams sodium, 460 milligrams potassium, 16 grams carbs, 4 grams dietary fiber, 4 grams sugar, 18 grams protein.
Becca Boyd is a wife and mom who creates healthy and delicious recipes in her West Chester kitchen. She blogs about them on her website, Home Beccanomics.
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