Food and the City: LOW CALORIE "TACOS"

June 13, 2016

LOW CALORIE "TACOS"


If you poke your face around my Instagram for a few minutes, you'll soon learn that I have a deep addiction to tacos. The obsession started about two years ago, when I used to live down in the Financial District here in Manhattan, and conveniently had a taco truck parked down the block from my apartment in which I shamelessly visited 3 or 4 times a week. A chicken taco a day keeps the doctor away, was my mantra at the time.

With summer upon us, I'm really trying to kick it into high gear and get my diet in check. Granted, I already eat pretty well for myself, but there's always room for improvement. I started going down the line of things I love to shove in my face, and started thinking of ways to make them more low-cal.

Enter.. these tacos.


They are meat-less, carb-less, basically food-less (?), and probably work out to be under 40 calories a piece. All of the components are filling and satisfying, so you're treating your body to something both delicious and good for your waistline. Ever since coming up with these, I've made them at least 20 times, so I'm surprised it's taken me as long as it has to get them up here.

Eat some low-cal tacos today, okay?


LOW CALORIE TACOS

makes 8-10
1 12oz steamer bag of frozen broccoli & cauliflower 
1/2 an onion, chopped
1 tbs garlic powder 
2-3 tbs of hot sauce depending on heat preference
8-10 butter lettuce leaves

Preheat your oven to 475, and follow the cooking instructions on the back of your frozen vegetables package. I usually just shoot the steamer bag in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, just to defrost them without fully cooking them.

Transfer veggies, along with the chopped onion, to a bowl and sprinkle on your garlic powder. Add in your hot sauce, and toss everything to coat. In a single layer, lay out the vegetables on a baking sheet, and roast in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove, flip, and place back in the oven for an additional few minutes if you prefer them more brown.

Remove from the oven and spoon the vegetables onto your washed butter lettuce leaves. Roll them up as if they were tacos (or even wraps) and enjoy! It's also delicious to dollop on some fat-free greek yogurt, or a drizzle of sriracha. Yum.