‘5 Minutes in the Pan’ Tacos

It was only a year ago that I tried tacos. I had just started going out with my boyfriend and we used to have major veg-out days where we’d binge watch films and tv shows and make all kinds of food – tacos being one of them. You can fill tacos in so many different ways, which is what I love about them; from beef, to pork, to chicken, to seafood, anything goes! For a veggie alternative, I would definitely recommend warm kidney beans in a spicy sauce.

I devoured six of the tacos I first tried, which I definitely would not be able to do now, a year on. This is why for this week’s recipe, I made a lighter and healthier alternative, which takes no more than 10 minutes to make. Instead of taco shells, I used mini lettuce leaves, but added tortilla chips to each taco just to give a bit more flavour, and these were £1.10 cheaper than the Doritos next to them. What a bargain! Also note: I used mozzarella cheese this time, but would definitely use cheddar next time.

Ingredients: (for two tacos) Four tortilla chips, two tablespoons of salsa dip, four little gems lettuce, four cherry tomatoes, two tablespoons of sweetcorn, ¼ pepper, a handful of mozzarella cheese, ½ carrot.

Wash your vegetables (except for the sweetcorn) and shake to dry. Shred two lettuce leaves, slice your cherry tomatoes into halves, dice your peppers into small squares and mix all of these into a bowl. Peel your carrot skins and continue to peel your carrots onto a chopping board. Then, dice or grate your carrot peels.

Add your carrots and sweetcorn to the rest of your vegetables, as well as your cheese (or you can sprinkle the cheese on at the end). Mix your salad well. Place two tortilla chips onto each remaining two gems and then pour your salad mix evenly into the gems, topping them off with a tablespoon of salsa dip each.

Lidl Cherry Plump Tomatoes – 75p, Lidl Grated Mozzarella – £1.19, Lidl Medium Salsa Dip – 69p, Lidl Tortilla Chips – 65p, Tesco Everyday Value Sweetcorn – 35p, Lidl Mixed Peppers – 89p, Lidl Carrots – 50p, Lidl Little Gem – 65p. Total cost: £5.67. Cost per serving: 52p

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