I love taking top-down pictures of my Christmas tree. For no particular reason. I also love it just like this, with only lights on it, but soon certain people will be coming home for the holidays and will insist that we put the decorations on, and they will volunteer to do all of it which I will gladly let them do, and on December 26th they will vanish in a flurry of jingle bells and there I will be un-decorating all by my lonesome self. Which I secretly don’t mind.
The Southern husband made a new friend.
And I was one of the Cookie Bake-Off judges. I promise I am trying my darnedest to get us that Easy Pecan Bar recipe. I may have had to test it several times during the judging. Just to be sure. Cough-cough.
Here I am post-judging with my mama. Note that I am wearing a dress with a forgiving waistline.
Which brings me to the necessity of these lettuce wrap tacos in December, because in between holiday parties and dinners and general hilarity and taste-testing, the Southern husband and I cling desperately to our Whole 30 menu in an effort to make it to January with our waistlines somewhat intact. Or at least within 5 pounds of intact. Hey, Christmas comes but once a year, right?
Anyway. This easy recipe simply entails cooking up a batch of spicy taco meat – you can use regular package taco spices, or you can make your own mixture which I what I do – click here for that recipe. It’s super easy and makes enough for you to have some to keep in your spice cupboard for the next time you make tacos.
Then instead of spooning it into taco shells or tortillas, I swap those out for lettuce leaves. You want to pick a butter or Boston Bibb lettuce that has leaves that are a little pliable and are conveniently shaped like little cups.
We pretend that cheese and sour cream don’t exist in the world, and instead top our tacos with sweet chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped avocado or homemade guacamole, and some chopped scallions for a little sass.
Look at all that cheery red and green! It’s like Santa is telling us to eat lettuce wrap tacos!
So go ahead and enjoy your holiday cookies and eggnog fudge and have that second glass of wine…just sprinkle some lettuce wrap tacos in with all that, and we will come out the other side with a good amount of nice sprinkled in with our naughty!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 tablespoons taco spice (packaged or homemade)
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- Boston Bibb or butter lettuce leaves
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves or quarters
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 2 avocados, chopped or mashed
- Cook the beef in a large skillet over medium high heat until browned. Add taco spices and ½ cup of water and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste.
- Spoon taco meat into lettuce leaves. Top with tomatoes, scallions and avocados and serve!