Organic thoughts + Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

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This past Saturday Bryan and I were flying solo since Chase wasn’t with us.  We went out last weekend so it was a date night in.  We had some creamy blue cheese & brie for starters.  I am proud to say I was very conscious of my cheese intake, opting for just a small bit of each.  I knew I had some healthy taco lettuce wraps coming up next & I am trying my best to cut my snacking.

For our date night in, we decided to have our snacks and watch some documentaries.  I know exciting, right?  But these were really great ones that jump started our clean healthy kick even more.

We watched Food Matters & Hungry for Change – two that are on Netflix streaming.  They were very insightful & eye-opening.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  We eat pretty well compared to the average American so most of the documentary information we agreed with.  However, the one thing we don’t do often is eat organically.

I started buying organic chicken & pork a few months ago.  I was making chicken for dinner one night and the chicken breasts were about the size of a small child.  Unless these chicken were working out each day, there is no way in hell they were naturally that large.  I read the ingredients and these suckers were full of crap.

No thanks.  See ya later Perdue & Tyson.  We haven’t bought these two brands in a while and I don’t plan on it unless in a pinch.  The documentaries shared a lot of information about the importance of eating organically and what non-organic foods may contain.

My main concern is the cost.  Eating organically is not cheap.  Their answer:  are the doctor bills, medications, and higher health insurance payments easier to pay then?  Well, no, but I cannot think that way as a 20 something.

To go with my clean & healthy eating regimen, Bryan and I thought we would take the documentary’s advice and try to eat organically (within our means financially) as much as possible.  We want to see if it makes any difference in the way we feel.  I took a trip to our “fancier” Kroger today and stocked up on food for the week.  My cart consisted of mostly organic goods and my bill rounded out to about $90.  This included dinner for 4 nights, staple items, and a few items for lunches.  I didn’t think that was too bad.

Do you eat organic?  What do you think should is an absolute organic eat?

In light of my post, I am sharing the Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps we shared for our date night in.  They are super simple, low-carb & definitely can be made organic!  For vegetarians or vegans, sub the ground turkey breast for a can of kidney beans.

Turkey Taco lettuce wraps

Recipe by: Doughie
Hands on-time:  20 minutes   ///   Cook Time:  20 minutes   ///   Servings: 6 (2 wraps each)

Ingredients
1 tsp olive oil
1 lb ground turkey breast
1/2 cup salsa [I used Newman’s Own Pineapple Salsa]
1 can (15oz) organic black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup frozen corn
2 Tbsp organic cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground cayenne
pepper & salt
1/2 head of organic iceberg lettuce
toppings:  cheddar cheese, low-fat sour cream, hot sauce

Directions
1.  In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the ground turkey.
2.  Use a wooden spoon to break it apart into small pieces.  Let cook about 5 minutes.
3.  Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.  Stir to coat the turkey and cook an extra 3 minutes.
4.  Add the veggie broth, salsa, corn and black beans to the mixture.  Stir to combine and let cook about 3 minutes or until the corn is warmed through.
5.  Stir in the cilantro.
6.  Cut the stem off of the lettuce head then half it.  Slowly remove each lettuce cup.
7.  Spoon a bit of the mixture into each lettuce piece and top with cheese, hot sauce and sour cream if desired.

enjoy!

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