Saturday, April 2, 2016

Taco Bake

Our family is crazy about Taco Tuesday...honestly we could have some form of tacos every night of the week and be happy! So, I decided to try out something new! I found this recipe from and decided to give it a try! I made a few adjustments to fit our family! It's a pretty flexible recipe, which I love!

    Taco Bake,
  • 2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 16-20 oz ground turkey (or if you prefer lean ground beef)
  • green or red bell pepper,chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1-2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 T Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • ½ tsp Thyme
  • 2 tsp cumin (optional)
  • 1/3 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce (low sodium)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with EVOO, set aside.
  2. Sauté the onion, garlic and peppers medium-high heat for 1 minute.
  3. Add ground turkey and green chilies and allow meat to brown. Cook until meat has no pink.
  4. Add seasonings and lime juice, stir to combine. 
  5. Remove from heat - add rice, tomato sauce, 1/4 cup of cheese to the skillet and stir.
  6. Pour mixture into 9x13 dish. Add remaining cheese.
  7. Cover with foil & bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove foil & bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted/bubbling. Remove from oven & let cool for 5-10 minutes.

21 day fix containers
1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow, 1 Blue, 1/4 Purple
One serving size equals 1/4 of the dish. Happy Eating! :)
Substitution alternatives - Ground turkey/ Ground Beef and Brown Rice/Quinoa
*1 cup uncooked brown rice is about equal to 2 cups of cooked rice --
1 yellow container is roughly 1/2 cup. If following the 21 Day Fix, measure out 4 yellows of cooked rice to add to the meat mixture to make sure it's an accurate container count.

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