Taco Night for Weight-Loss

healthy taco recipes for the lovers of tacos

Everyone loves taco night.

It’s quick, easy, and affordable.

But it often comes along with a (not so small) side dish of calories.

Your guide to a healthy, but hearty, taco night.

An overview of our twist on a traditional taco night:

  • taco roasted cauliflower
  • paleo margarita
  • healthy taco salad

And the best part is that your taco night can still be modified for different diets.

When you are creating a nutrition plan or weight-loss strategy, tacos usually aren’t an item on the menu.

Simple Ideas to Make Taco Night Fit Into Weight Loss Goals

Ditch the chips.

We know everyone loves tortilla chips with mounds of queso cheese, but eliminated the queso and/or using tortilla chips makes a HUGE caloric and nutritional difference.

Go baked.

If you are going to use taco shells, avoid fried ones, and opt for soft or baked tacos.

Key to a Healthy Dinner

Pile on the veggies.

The more, the better.

And the more color, even better.

Taco Night Done Right Recipe #1 – Healthy Taco Roasted Cauliflower

roasted cauliflower for weight loss

Roasting cauliflower is the perfect side dish to prepare for your revamped taco night.

The classic way is to roast with olive oil, minced garlic and sea salt.

It only takes a few moments of prep work and then roasts in the oven for 20 or so minutes while you pull dinner together.

The florets come out crispy and savory.

This version uses taco spices to amp up the flavor and excitement of this classic cauliflower dish. Enjoy!

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 3 heads cauliflower
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fajita seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Wash the cauliflower heads and remove the stem and leaves.
  3. Cut the cauliflower into florets and then slice the florets into thin, flat pieces.
  4. Place the florets in a large bowl and toss with the remaining ingredients.
  5. Spread over two large rimmed baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Yum!

Nutritional Analysis

One serving equals: 86 calories, 6g fat, 6g carbohydrate, 2g sugar, 292mg sodium, 3g fiber, and 3g protein.

Taco Night Done Right Recipe #2 – Paleo Margarita

paleo margarita for weight loss

Now, you don’t ever have to have a margarita with taco night.

You can always have green tea or water with your fiesta.

But in case you are the 99% of us who like a good margarita with our tacos, here is a way to enjoy a healthier margarita.

First thing to consider when making a margarita is the tequila.

Look for bottles that state that the tequila is 100% agave.

This means, it is pure agave and nothing else, such as added sugar or colorings.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce honey syrup
  • 2 ounces blanco 100% agave tequila

Instructions

  1. Put all 3 ingredients into a cocktail shaker
  2. Add ice
  3. Shake for 10 seconds
  4. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a glass
  5. Garnish with lime wheel

Additional tip, avoid the salt on the rim.

We promise these are so good, you won’t even miss the salt.

Taco Night Done Right Recipe #3 – 20 Minute Healthy Dinner Taco Salad

healthy taco salad for weight loss

Yea, 20 minutes.

We can all handle that.

You can also switch up the protein in this healthy dinner planning, depending on your diet.

Veggie meat, ground turkey, beef, or chicken all work.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (or ground turkey/chicken/veggie taco meat)
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounce can corn, drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup grated cheddar and/or jack cheese
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup salsa
  • Plain Greek yogurt for serving, if desired

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add your protein of choice and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook until protein is browned. Note: veggie taco meat will cook much quicker.
  4. Reduce heat to low simmer and add taco seasoning and water.
  5. Stir until water is almost gone.
  6. Divide the lettuce, black beans, corn tomatoes, cheese, and avocado evenly on your dinner plates.
  7. Top with your protein of choice and salsa.
  8. Add Greek yogurt if desired

You can always switch out the romaine for heartier greens such as baby kale, spinach, or a mix of greens.

And voilà!

Enjoy your fiesta without the guilt and no damage done to your weight-loss goals.

If you are looking for other ways to change up your diet, nutrition, and overall health and wellness, contact Against the Grain to start your journey.