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Hoot Owl Taco Salads

You'll be very wise, indeed, when you try a silly salad packed with veggies.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 25 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 4
 

Ingredients

4
slices (3/4 oz each) American cheese
1/2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
3
tablespoons Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
2/3
cup water
2
cups frozen O'Brien potatoes with peppers and onions (from 28-oz bag)
2
or 3 pitted small ripe olives, sliced
12
ready-to-eat baby-cut carrots
1/2
cup chopped leaf lettuce

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 From each cheese slice, cut 2 (1 1/2-inch) rounds; reserve cheese scraps.
  • 2 In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix, water and potatoes. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until hot. Stir in reserved cheese scraps until melted.
  • 3 Spoon beef mixture evenly into 4 (10-oz) ungreased custard cups. Top each with 2 cheese rounds to look like eyes of owl. Place olive slice on each cheese round to look like pupils of eyes. Add carrots to look like beak and ears; sprinkle lettuce to look like feathers on face.
  • 1 From each cheese slice, cut 2 (1 1/2-inch) rounds; reserve cheese scraps.
  • 2 In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix, water and potatoes. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until hot. Stir in reserved cheese scraps until melted.
  • 3 Spoon beef mixture evenly into 4 (10-oz) ungreased custard cups. Top each with 2 cheese rounds to look like eyes of owl. Place olive slice on each cheese round to look like pupils of eyes. Add carrots to look like beak and ears; sprinkle lettuce to look like feathers on face.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

A 1 1/2-inch diameter jar lid, such as one from a spice jar, works well to cut the cheese rounds.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
290
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
1040mg
1040%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
17g
17%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
80%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.