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Hoot Owl Taco Salads

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  • 25 min prep time
  • 25 min total time
  • 8 ingredients
  • 4 servings
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You'll be very wise, indeed, when you try a silly salad packed with veggies.

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

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

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

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
290
Calories from Fat
120
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
21%
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
55mg
18%
Sodium
1040mg
43%
Total Carbohydrate
26g
9%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
2g
2%
Protein
17g
17%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
80%
80%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
15%
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 Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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