Easy taco salad dinner

Let’s say you want to eat healthier but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen at the end of the day.  Well, here’s an idea, swing through your local Wendy’s.  One of the healthiest options on fast food menus is the chili at Wendy’s.  I use that chili to make a quick taco salad dinner.  It’s not really cooking, it’s just really assembling a variety of ingredients but it is so much healthier than what I had for dinner last night.

 Yikes, we drove to Indiana to pick up Andrew yesterday, he just finished year two at IU.  Unfortunately, hotel rooms were hard to come by, graduation is this weekend and lots of other parents were retrieving their children too.  We ended up staying in Martinsville, about 20 miles from Bloomington.  Not one of the more exciting places I have landed.  There aren’t a lot of restaurant options in Martinsville and certainly not a lot on the gourmet or healthy list for sure.  The only option open when we arrived was Chili’s.  I hadn’t been to a Chili’s for years and it seemed better than fast food, so that’s where we headed.  Craig and I opted for the 2 dinners for $20 with an appetizer included.  That was a mistake, the appetizers were a variety of fried items and we choose the fried onion and jalapeño option.  Then, I had chicken, fries and cole slaw and Craig choose chicken quesadillas.  I luckily didn’t eat much of my meal.  Craig has been working pretty hard at tracking his calories and exercise and has been losing weight with this plan.  He was hungry and ate most of his thinking he would be over his calorie intake for the day, but not by too much.  When he pulled out his I-phone to check the calories he was overwhelmed, 2600 calories for his healthy meal.  He couldn’t stop grumbling the rest of the evening about how many calories were in that mediocre tasting meal. 

So here’s a way to use fast food to make a pretty quick and healthy meal.  I drive through Wendy’s, pick up a large chili and go home and make a great taco salad.

1 large chili from Wendy’s

1 small head of romaine lettuce

1 medium tomato, diced

1 can of black olives

½ sweet onion, diced

1 avocado sliced

Salsa of your choice

Light sour cream

Shredded cheese of choice

Tortilla chips

In large salad bowl; mix lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, olives.  Toss tortilla chips on two dinner plates and top with lettuce mix.  Top with chili and garnish with sour cream, salsa and cheese.

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