Monday, January 21, 2013

SCD Romaine Lettuce Tacos

This recipe is simple but tasty. I didn't try to create a tortilla for these tacos (though I'm interested in trying this tortilla recipe) and decided to just enjoy the romaine wraps. You can put whatever you like in here. I made the tacos with black beans, ground turkey (with homemade "taco seasoning"), salsa, and avocado. Here's how I did it:

1 pound ground turkey
1 package black beans
1 onion
4 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
homemade taco seasoning
pack of romaine leaves (I recommend 2 leaves per person)
1 avocado
1 jar of SCD-compliant salsa, or homemade salsa

Seasoning mixture:
1 tablespoon chili powder (SCD compliant or homemade)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

1. Soak the beans at least overnight, or up to 24 hours. Once soaked, drain, and refill with water twice as high as the beans and throw in 2 cloves of garlic (peeled and whole). Bring to a boil and then simmer until the beans are soft (for me, it was about 1 hour and 15 minutes).
2. Chop the onion and the remaining 2 cloves of garlic. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to your pan and sautee 1/2 of the onion and 2 cloves of garlic for 5 minutes on medium heat, until the onions are tender. Add the ground turkey and cook until brown.

3. At some point, make the taco seasoning!

4. Add the taco seasoning and 1 cup of water to the turkey. Stir well, set heat on low, and simmer until the water evaporates.

5. Meanwhile, when the beans are tender, drain them with a collander. Put them back into the pot and add the other tablespoon of olive oil and the other half of the chopped onion. Add 1/4 cup of water to the beans. Cook until the onions are tender (unless you prefer them raw) and be sure the beans stay moist enough that they don't burn.
6. Slice up the avocado. Grab the romaine lettuce and and salsa. Assemble the tacos! Add a spoon full of beans, a spoonful of turkey, a spoon full of salsa, and a slice of avocado.

Of course, you can put anything you want into your tacos (cheese? jalapeƱos? a dollop of SCD dripped yogurt cheese? Check out the image below, which leaves out the avocado in favor of some diced bell peppers), but these came out well. Alex ate two of them and said they were good, though messy. Maybe next time we'll try for a tortilla too!

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