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Tantalizing Turkey Tacos provide some lean, mean eating fun


Whether it's due to a new year, a milestone birthday or the start of swimsuit season, many of us have resolved at one point or another to eat a more balanced diet.

In most cases, we stick to our plans for a little while-but find that keeping such resolutions while maintaining a fast-paced family schedule can be challenging.

But it doesn't have to be hard — or boring — to adhere to your healthy meal man-tra, according to Josie LeBalch, executive chef of the popular Los Angeles restaurant Josie.

Doing simple things, such as adding turkey to your family mealtime menus, can incorporate both variety and flavor into a nutritious diet.

"Making turkey a regular option in your rotation of meal plans is smart," LeBalch stated in a news release. "Turkey is lean and low in fat. And, it's a great source of protein that can be used in virtually any dish that calls for meat."

From flavored ground turkey to marinated tenderloins and roasts, you can choose from a wide variety of delicious turkey pro-ducts at your local grocery store.

"Think about turkey in a pasta dish, for example," LeBalch stated.

Tantalizing Turkey Tacos are another easy, low-fat favorite. You'll save calories, but won't skimp on flavor.

Tantalizing Turkey Tacos

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 package lean ground turkey

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

ĺ teaspoon salt

ĺ cup prepared salsa

12 taco shells or soft flour tortillas

1Ĺ cups (6 oz.) shredded cheddar

or Monterey Jack cheese

1Ĺ cups shredded lettuce

1 cup chopped tomato

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, green pepper and garlic; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Crumble turkey into skillet; sprinkle with chili powder, cumin and salt. Cook 5 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink, stirring frequently. Add salsa; simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until sauce thickens.

Spoon 1/3 cup mixture into each taco shell; top with cheese, lettuce and tomato.

Serve with desired toppings.

Makes 6 servings.

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