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Gluten-Free Poultry Salads

Taco Salad with Chicken and Lime-Cilantro Dressing

Hi guys — it’s Friday, wahooo!

I am headed to Philadelphia this weekend for Travis’s 5th year college reunion (mine is next year, eek!). I am so excited to see friends and walk around my old college campus. Plus, you know I will be eating my way through the city these next few days. I had so many favorite restaurants in Philly and I can’t wait to get back to some of them!

I wanted to pop in before my trip and share a new summer recipe: a Taco Salad with Shredded Chicken and a delicious Lime-Cilantro Dressing!

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You guys know that I love to take a classic recipe and make it healthier. So why not deconstruct everyone’s beloved taco and turn it into a flavor-packed, BOMB DOT COM salad!?

Sure, taco salads are nothing new, but a good restaurant version might cost you upwards of 1,000 calories!

What, are you surprised? Those salads come swimming in cheese, fried toppings and fatty dressings. No señor, not going to fly in my book.

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In comes my Taco Salad.

It’s packed with veggies like corn and bell peppers, healthy fats from avocado, a good dose of fiber from black beans, and lean protein — shredded chicken!

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The Lime-Cilantro Dressing might be my favorite part. Mannnn, is this dressing good. It SCREAMS summer with every bite.

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Just be sure that you don’t leave out the crushed tortilla chips — they add a necessary crunch to this monster salad.

 

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Taco Salad with Chicken and Lime-Cilantro Dressing
 
Serves: 2
Ingredients
For the Salad:
  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 6 oz. Shredded Chicken
  • ½ cup black beans, cooked
  • ½ cup charred corn (either frozen and defrosted or grilled on a grill)
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • 6-8 tortilla chips, crushed
Lime-Cilantro Salad Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch sugar
Instructions
  1. To make the salad, divide the chopped romaine among two large salad bowls. Add half each of the shredded chicken, black beans, corn, bell pepper, and avocado to each bowl. Top each salad with crushed tortilla chips.
  2. To make the dressing, combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or mini food processor and pulse until the ingredients come together, 15-20 seconds.
  3. Dress each salad with about 2 Tablespoons of the dressing, or to taste. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
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Gluten-Free Poultry Turkey

Healthy Turkey Chili

You know what today is? Today is a sweatpants day. A roll out of bed late and decide to do nothing day. Today is a day we sit on the couch and watch really bad TV marathons. Jersey Shore – check. Law and Order SVU – double check. Real Housewives of…okay let’s not push it.

Make this Healthy Turkey Chili for a cozy dinner in. It's gluten-free and low sugar, but packed with a ton of protein and healthy fats! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com ll Ground Turkey, Turkey Recipes, Black Beans, Healthy Chili Recipe

It’s too damn cold to even think about going outside so let’s grab our snuggies (I know you secretly bought one, it’s fine), our favorite pair of sweatpants (embrace the elastic waistband) and eat some healthy turkey chili.

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This healthy turkey chili is slightly spicy, hearty and totally filling.  I recommend buying a ground turkey with a little bit of fat because it will have much more flavor.

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Serve it over brown rice and you’re ready to party.

 

Healthy Turkey Chili
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 15 oz. black beans
  • 15 oz. kidney beans, drained
  • 24 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ Tablespoon cumin
  • one dash cayenne
  • 1½ T brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • cheddar cheese, for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Saute until tender - about 10 minutes. Season the ground turkey with salt and pepper. Make a well in the center of the onion mixture and add the turkey. Brown for about ten minutes.
  2. Stir in the beans and tomatoes. Season with chili powder, cumin, cayenne, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer covered for at least 20 minutes (I simmered for about 2 hours - the longer is definitely better).
  3. Stir in the fresh cilantro and serve over brown rice with grated cheddar cheese.
 

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