Sunday, February 8, 2015

Checking In and New Recipe: Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

 My husband and I are on Day 12 of our 2 week detox diet.  I have to admit we have allowed ourselves 2 "cheat" days.  We didn't go too crazy but on those days we did break the rules and ate  some carbs and sugar.  However between the 2 of us we have lost 20 pounds in 12 days!

It definitely has made us more aware of what we are eating and how it affects us.  My husband has suffered for years with a horrible stomach.  Foods just don't agree with him sometimes and he has taken medication to help with that.  Since starting this diet he hasn't had to take his medication at all and is feeling much better.

The first week was rough.  I suffered from headaches almost daily from the withdrawals of caffeine and sugar.  I felt better on Day 9.  I didn't crave it near as bad as I had before.

We ate so bland that first week that it was really tough to continue.  Finally we started looking online for recipes we could make with the foods that we were allowed to eat.  Wow what a difference it makes when you are eating something with flavors.  It's much more enjoyable!  We found some meals that were super yummy and good for us too!

Here is a new recipe we tried.  It's a twist on tacos.  One of my favorite meals!  Instead of ground beef we used ground turkey, which as a bonus is way cheaper.  $2/lb on sale this week at our grocery store.  Instead of tortilla shells you use leaf lettuce.  We used our own homemade tomato sauce as well as taco seasoning.  I copied the recipe below if you want to give it a try.  Only 256 calories per serving.

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
  •  1-1/3 pounds 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons bell pepper, minced
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 oz can tomato sauce (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 8 large Iceberg lettuce leaves
  • Optional Garnish: Reduced fat cheddar cheese

Brown turkey in a large skillet breaking it into smaller pieces as it cooks. When no longer pink add dry seasoning and mix well. Add the onion, pepper, water and tomato sauce and cover. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
Wash and dry the lettuce. Divide the meat equally between the 8 leaves and place in the center of each leaf and top with your favorite taco fixins!
Nutrition Information
Serves: 4  |  Serving Size: 2 lettuce wraps
Per serving: Calories: 256; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 113mg; Sodium: 714mg; Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 30g


  1. Hi Sara! Congrats to you and the hubs for losing some weight Sounds like ya'll are on your way to healthier eating habits! Thanks for the recipe and including the nutrition information. Blessings from Bama!

  2. Yes, we certainly are. We have been eating poorly and it has taken its toll. So ready to finally get healthier!

  3. I didn't know you were blogging again! I used to follow your journey. Sounds like you are making some amazing changes to your diet. Great job!