Skinny Taco Bowls with Cauliflower Rice




I love taco bowls! They’re so versatile and make such a satisfying lunch or dinner the whole family can enjoy. This recipe is absolutely fantastic and has some skinny twists. I’m using cauliflower rice instead of rice, extra lean ground beef and topping each bowl with my skinny ranch dressing. So healthy and protein rich, each large bowl has 312 calories, 11 grams of fat and 5 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes


Ingredients for Cauliflower Rice:

1½ tablespoons olive oil

1 (16 oz) bag cauliflower rice, see shopping tips below

1 cup onions, diced

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

A little salt and pepper, to taste


Ingredients for Taco Meat:

1 pound extra lean ground beef. see shopping tips

1 cup onions, diced

1 (1-ounce) package Lawry’s taco seasoning or McCormick taco seasoning mix for gluten-free

1 cup corn, frozen or fresh off cob (break up frozen corn into small pieces)

⅔ cup water


Ingredients for Toppings:

2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded or chopped

1 cup tomatoes, chopped

4 tablespoons skinny ranch dressing or store bought (for dairy-free omit ranch dressing)

Salsa


Instructions

1. Prepare cauliflower rice: Coat a large, nonstick pan with cooking spray. Add olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Stir in cauliflower rice, onions and garlic.  Mix well. Add a little salt and pepper. Stir-fry for about 8 minutes, stirring most of the time, until soft. Set aside.

2. In a large nonstick pan, add ground beef and onions. Cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; Pour into a colander, in the sink, and drain excess fat. Add beef back to pan. Stir in taco seasoning, corn and water. Mix well. Bring to a boil, turn heat down to simmer and cook uncovered. Stir often, for 5 minutes.

3. To make each taco bowl: add 1 cup cauliflower rice to bottom of each bowl. Top with 1 cup taco meat. Add ½ cup shredded or chopped lettuce and ¼ cup chopped tomatoes. Drizzle each with 1 tablespoon ranch dressing over the top. Spoon some salsa around top. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings. Each has 1 cup cauliflower rice and 1 cup taco meat plus toppings.


Shopping Tips
Trader Joe’s sells a 16 ounce bag of riced cauliflower. You will love it. It saves you a lot of time, not having to prep the cauliflower. In addition, many supermarkets, Target and Walmart carry Green Giant’s (16 oz) bag of cauliflower crumble in the produce section.

Most supermarkets sell extra lean ground beef. I used the 96% lean ground beef from Trader Joe’s. Sometimes I use a grass fed 94% lean ground beef  I found at my local supermarket. You could also use ground turkey, if desired.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints
5-Blue
WW SmartPoints 6-Green
WW Points Plus 8

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1 cup cauliflower rice and 1 cup taco meat plus toppings.)
312 calories, 11g fat, 3g sat. fat, 62mg chol, 27g protein, 29g carbs, 4g fiber, 580mg sodium, 8g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
190 calories, 3g sat. fat, 22g protein, 1g sugar