Recreating the Taco salad

I was in a cooking kind of mood yesterday evening. For dinner, I made a Mexican infused version of a taco salad. First, I made Vegan Angela’s healthy hidden broccoli guacamole. (She’s got some great recipes to check out!)

Healthy guacamole

Healthy guacamole

Next, I made a taco salad for dinner in a new way.


Start with the shells as the base


Add some warm veggies


Top with cheese


Add lettuce and healthy guacamole


Add salsa and ta da!

Okay so this meal has a faint resemblance to nachos but then again, all the ingredients match up with a taco salad too. Or as comedian Jim Gaffigan says, Mexican food’s great but it’s essentially all the same ingredients – tortilla with cheese, meat, and vegetables.

And speaking of healthy, a cookie for dessert

And speaking of healthy, a cookie for dessert

I picked this cookie up at the grocery store last week and it was pretty good albeit not great. It was very intense so I only ate half (say what?). I topped it with rainbow sprinkles and popped it in the microwave to enjoy. I then spent the rest of the evening watching Mad Men and doing laundry.

This morning I woke up feeling a little tired and decided to let myself sleep in until 7:20. The cooking bug was still rocking so I made some homemade peanut butter. (I hope my neighbors didn’t wake up to the food processor!)


Homemade peanut butter ingredients

I was conveniently out of peanut butter so I added my homemade version to the jar. I used coconut milk instead of canola oil and found the milk to be a little too sweet. Next time, I’ll stick to my first homemade peanut butter recipe.

My breakfast plus some more pb

My breakfast plus some more pb

This evening, I hope to hit the gym before meeting one of my friends for dinner. I’ll leave you with this motivating article that I read last night in pursuit of strengthening my mind and will power, “How to be great, Part 2: Strengthen the Mind.”

Keep on keepin’ on! 🙂

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21 thoughts on “Recreating the Taco salad

  1. I LOVE Guacomole. I may have to try the hidden broccoli and see if my hubby notices 😉

  2. Nachos/taco salad are totally okay in my book…I mean you kept the ingredients healthy! Kudos to you for eating grapefruit for breakfast, maybe I should try it again, but I’m just not a grapefruit fan. So sour!

  3. pickyrunner says:

    I don’t know if I’ve ever only eaten half of a cookie. It isn’t part of my vocabulary haha

  4. Yum! I love that taco salad idea!

  5. bentodays says:

    The taco salad looks amazing, I want some too!

  6. Taco salad sounds amazing, love anything with guac.

  7. That taco salad looks amazing! I pretty much love anything involving tacos! 🙂

  8. Sneaking broccoli into guacamole, sounds like a genius idea. And that taco salad/nacho plate looks delicious! I love homemade Mexican food for dinner.

  9. Courtney says:

    That looks like a yummy taco salad! I’ll have to try that guac 😛

  10. Allie says:

    Okay, I was all set to pick up to-go Thai food after work tonight, but after seeing your two posts about Mexican food in a row…I’m torn! Thank goodness (I guess?) there are still a few hours left of work, I have time to decide…

  11. sugarcoatedsheridan says:

    That does look fabulous…and I agree with pickyrunner…I don’t know that I’ve ever eaten half a cookie!

  12. You could open a little Mexican Restaurant in your house! 😀 OLE!

  13. Those nachos look delicious. I definitely am going to have to try that guacomole recipe because I love broccoli and guac. Perfect combination.

  14. Gosh I just love mexican food esp what they call down here…Tex Mex! Could eat it every day! Good to create healthy alternatives!

  15. Amanda says:

    That looks great, especially the broccoli guac! I need to recreate this!

  16. You just made me crave mexican food and its 7 am, guess I know what I will be having for lunch :-). I want a food processor, home made pb is always the best! I make my girlfriend make me almond butter in her food processor with coconut oil its delicious! Have a great day Alex 🙂 love + shine Courtstar

  17. Yum! This looks like a tasty re-creation!

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