My Recipe for a Taco Tuesday Alternative

On Tuesdays, it’s a challenge not to fall victim to the $2 taco Tuesday promotion that my neighbor Pure Taqueria offers. (I’m a huge fan of the grilled fish tacos!) But, this easy-to-make combo of veggies, protein and a brown rice has become my go-to Tuesday dish that is healthy and tastes great — and doesn’t come with a basket of tortilla chips.

In a Facebook post last week, I shared a photo of this favorite meal, and a few of you asked for the recipes. All of this only takes about 20 minutes to prepare, as long as you multi-task. Here they are. Enjoy!

Brown Rice:

I’m a fan of Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain “Fast and Natural” Rice, since it only takes 12 minutes to cook. I will usually follow the instructions for 4 servings and will have enough for lunch the next day and a snack for another time — but I don’t use any butter.

Brussels Sprouts:

Trader Joe’s sells bags of brussels sprouts that provide the perfect amount for dinner, another meal and potentially a snack. Rinse, halve them (or quarter them if they are golf ball size) and spread on a cookie sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15-17 minutes. You want the edges to be nice and browned.

Egg:

This is just a good old hard-boiled egg. I let the water boil, turn the heat down slightly, add the egg (in the shell) and let it boil for about 8-9 minutes. If you’d like a more well-cooked yolk, cook the egg a minute or two longer. Remove the shell, cut in half, and salt and pepper.

Spinach:

Finely chop two cloves of garlic. Heat about two tablespoons of olive oil in a sauté pan (large enough to cook a bag of spinach in) and add the garlic, and salt and pepper. Let the garlic cook for about 30 seconds and then add a bag of fresh spinach, little by little. Coat the spinach with the olive oil and garlic. Cook until the spinach has wilted slightly. (This will only take a minute or two.) NOTE: When greens cook, they shrink significantly. So, if you are feeding a group of people, buy multiple bags of spinach. One bag usually provides me enough for two meals.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Until next Tuesday — here’s to a FWABulous weekend! Oh, and don't forget to take a moment to "like" the FWAB fan page on Facebook.