Monday, 5 May 2014

BEDM - A taste of Mexico

Who knew that on 5th May it's the Mexican celebration Cinco de Mayo? This is a celebration primarily in the US and Mexico, but I'm not one to turn down a celebration - whatever the reason!

Both Sion and I love spicy food, but since his IBS diagnosis and subsequent dietary changes we have to re-invent some of our favourite foods so that we can continue to enjoy them. The main change we have adopted is cutting out wheat products and onions...making flour tortillas a thing of the past! Luckily though we have changed allegiance to beef tacos now (the corn tacos are on the allowed list).

This is a quick 20 minute cheat supper that is made even healthier by being served in little gem lettuce leaves rather than tacos - each serving comes in at under 450 calories.

BEEF TACOS - to serve 2 people

150g lean beef mince
1/2 packet Taco seasoning
50ml water

For the salsa
3 spring onions
1 red sweet pepper
2 large tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato & chilli chutney (alternatively use 0.5 tbs of tomato puree, 0.5tsp fresh chilli & splash of water)
Salt & pepper
1/2 lime (optional)

To serve
2 little gem lettuces (leave separated, washed and excess water shaked off)
Plain or flavoured rice
Grated reduced fat cheese
Reduced fat sour cream, guacamole & whatever else you fancy!!

Start by boiling some water, pop crosses into your tomatoes and place in a bowl with the hot water covering them.

Dry fry your mince until browned, add the taco seasoning and water, stir and simmer until the sauce has reduced to a thick gravy consistency. Turn off the heat until you are almost ready to serve.

This is just after I've added the water - let this simmer away to get good and thickened!
Thinly slice the green parts of the spring onion (if you are not following the FODMAP principles of eating, use the white parts too)
Finely dice the pepper to get a roughly equal quantity to the onion

Carefully take the tomatoes out of the hot water. Peel, de-seed and roughly chop.

Put all the salsa ingredients into a dish and gently mix.

Warm through your beef mix, microwave your rice (I did say this was a cheat recipe!!), place everything in bowls for easy access, grab yourself a big old napkin for drips and tuck in!

1 comment:

  1. That is such a good idea to serve in a lettuce leaf. Am definitely going to be doing that in the future! x
    Rosie x