10 Healthy Family Meals on a Budget

Taco Salad

Everyone loves tacos. What's better than ground beef smothered with cheese and sour cream in a crunchy tortilla shell? Unfortunately, while it's cheap, it's not always the healthiest option. But we know how the family can enjoy a Tex-Mex meal in a healthier way: a taco salad.

Instead of ground beef, use ground turkey. It's leaner than ground beef, but you'll still get the protein. If you simply must have ground beef, go for the "95 percent lean" type. Use your favorite taco seasoning on the meat. Swap out full-fat sour cream for reduced fat sour cream. Add tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and reduced-fat cheese. You can also dump in corn, black beans, or kidney beans -- anything you'd like. Skip the refried beans to cut calories and fat. For crunch, use baked tortilla chips crumbled into the salad. Go crazy with your favorite spices and hot sauces. And serve with a wedge of lime on the side.

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