We all want to live full, healthy lives with our families. And whether we think about it or not, keeping our heart healthy is an important part of that process. Eating healthy is one of the best ways to make sure you’re here for the long haul. And it doesn’t have to mean sucking all the flavor out of the dishes you love, or eating only kale and Crystal Light for breakfast and lunch. It means cutting down on the excess sodium, fat, and cholesterol in your diet, and amping up the lean meats, whole grains, and lots of vegetables.
The great news is that you can do that with foods you already love, with a few tweaks. Like tacos! Mexican doesn’t have to be all fried and smothered in cheese (although, we love queso too). Try these pork and green onion tacos for a shot of flavor without the extra calories and fats.
Pork and Green Onion Tacos
- Cooking spray
- ½ cup fat-free sour cream
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp chipotle powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 12 ounces boneless pork loin chops (about ¾ inch thick, all visible fat discarded)
- 8 medium green onions (6-8 inches long)
- 8 6-inch corn tortillas
- 2 cups loosely packed shredded spinach or romaine
- 1 medium tomato, cut into thin wedges
- 1 small lime, cut into four wedges
Spray a griddle pan with cooking spray and preheat your grill pan on medium. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, and garlic. Set aside. In another small bowl, stir together the paprika, chipotle powder, and salt. Sprinkle over both sides of the pork. Using your fingers, gently press the mixture in on the pork so it stays. Grill the pork for about 4 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit on a thermometer. Transfer to a cutting board and let it cool for a couple of minutes. Next, grill the green onions for a minute or two on both sides, until they begin to brown. Transfer them to the cutting board as well. Heat up your tortillas with the package directions. Now, thinly slide the pork diagonally across the grain. Chop the green onions into 1-inch pieces. Layer in the center of a tortilla – the pork, green onions, spinach, and tomato wedges. Spoon the sour cream mixture on top. Serve the tacos with lime wedges.
Makes about 8 tacos. In each serving, you’ll find 4 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber, and 24 grams of protein, with about 250 calories for two tacos.
So in the cold of winter, heat up your kitchen with some tacos that burst with flavor and are good for your heart. Olé!
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Dr. Julie Drolet
P.S. If you feel like you’re eating healthy but not losing weight, it could be your hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.