Jason has mentioned Mason Jar Salads two weeks in a row on #macrosmonday, and we thought it was about time we finally gave a recipe! This week’s Bite Me! is a healthy taco salad recipe, which is meant to be put in a mason jar and carried with you for meal preparation. Before you eat the taco salad, shake it up, and then either dump it into a bowl, or just eat it out of the mason jar. Additionally, feel free to add to this recipe with hot sauce, black beans, or roasted corn, as well as any spices you’d like to include. To increase the heat, add some red chili flake and some cayenne pepper. To make the taco salad smokier, add smoked paprika to your vegetables and the chicken.
Healthy Taco Salad Ingredients:
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
- 8 oz Chicken Breast, chopped into roughly bite size pieces
- 1 Large Carrot, sliced into circles
- 1 Large Red Bell Pepper, sliced into strips
- 1/2 Large Onion, roughly diced
- 2 tsp. Garlic, minced
- 2-4 tsp. of Cumin
- Salt, to taste
- 1 Large avocado
- 1 Large Lime, juiced
- 1 Cup of your favorite Salsa
- 1 Large Roma Tomato, chopped
- 1 Large Cucumber, chopped
- 1/2 Cup Cilantro, leaves only, chopped
- 2 Handfuls fresh Spinach
- 2 Quart Wide-Mouth sized Mason Jars
Healthy Taco Salad Steps:
Heat 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet (cast iron is great, but stainless steel works fine, as well) over medium heat. Season the chicken with cumin, and salt, and cook the chicken until browned and done through.
Add the remaining 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil into the pan turn to medium/high heat. Cook the carrots until they begin to just soften. Turn the heat down to medium and add in the peppers and onions. Cook until soft and the outsides begin to look charred. Then, add the garlic and cook just until the garlic starts to smell great. Season with salt and cumin, to taste.
Scoop the avocado and the lime juice into a food processor or blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. If you don’t have one of these, using a spoon and a bowl works just fine.
Put half of the salsa in the bottom of each mason jar. Divide the avocado mixture on top. Next, veggies, and finally the chicken. You may need to lightly pack everything in to get it all to fit.
After the chicken, place the chopped tomatoes, and then the cucumbers, and finish off by dividing the cilantro and as much spinach as you can fit in the jar!