Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hungry Girl Seeks Juicy Taco...

I love, love Mexican food! The varied tastes and spices excite me. Lane Bryant is as excited about my love for Mexican food as they are about the money I spend there because my taco relationship helps my ass need it's own zip code. One of my top 10 favorite places to bust a munch was Taco Cabana. They have the best crunchy beef tacos. Tasty, juicy, just the right amount of grease and cheese and no pesky vegetables to clog up my taco shell. Top that off with a gallon of Dr. Pepper and I was guaranteed a peaceful food comma and the opportunity to test the stretchy band on my expensive shorts...you know, to make sure they were worth the $50 I paid for them at the  "curvy girl" specialty shop.

I have stupidly delayed getting healthy because I thought I would miss tacos too much. For Christ's sakes that sounds dumb when I read it out loud- but that is the truth. I work hard and I should be able to eat a taco (insert your vice here: hot dog, hamburger, 30 oz. steak, etc. ) every now and again. It's un-American to deny myself a small reward every week. OK, maybe twice a week. Seriously? Taco Cabana is probably trying to figure out why their February sales tanked since I put on my big girl panties (you know the size now) last week and stopped bull-shitting myself.

But that's OK Lane Bryant! Victoria's Secret called and they are so excited that I will be shopping there by Summer! Mostly because I broke up with Taco Cabana and I found this :

Smart Ground Mexican Style
This stuff rocks! It looks, smells, feels and tastes just like taco meat! Right out of the pouch cold; it smelled and tasted great. I microwaved it for a couple of minutes, added a few friends from the produce department and HOT DAMN- I had the world's perfect taco. The Smart Ground + veggies added enough awesome juiciness that I barely missed the sour cream and cheese I would have normally added loaded onto my plate. The best part? I had zero guilt from eating this meal. ZERO. Food is so much yummier and satisfying when you don't have to feel bad for having eaten it.

There is enough in the package to make about 6 tacos...8 if you make dainty lady tacos like I did. Want another feel good ,new Vegetarian, I won the lottery tip? That package seasoned and ready to eat cost me just $3.39. Three Thirty Nine!!! Try making 6-8 servings of oh so tasty taco meat with spices + decomposing cow for under $4.

Smart Ground Mexican Style Nutrition Facts & Ingredients

 (Zero  mystery -I can't pronounce that word-WTF is that stuff- ingredients )
Water, textured soy protein concentrate, textured crumbles (soy protein concentrate, wheat gluten, malt coloring, wheat starch), taco spice (spices, paprika, onion, garlic, barley malt, sea salt, dried soy sauce [wheat, soybeans, salt], dried molasses [molasses, wheat starch, soy flour], yeast extract, natural flavor), less than 2% of: yeast extract, chicory root extract (inulin), corn starch, evaporated cane juice, barley malt extract, soybean oil.

Nutrition:Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat0!
Fat, g0!
Saturated Fat, g0!
Trans Fatty Acids, g0!
Cholesterol, mg0!
Sodium, mg220
Potassium, mg*310
Carbohydrate, g7
Fiber, g3
Sugars, g1
Protein, g9


  1. Found you through a friend's FB page- relly like your style and will follow your progress. Thanks for the honesty :)

  2. Thinking more people may be willing to try this "meat" now! While I haven't been able to quite make the same transition you have, I do quite often eat many of the meat-substitutes (love the morningstar sausage patties more than sausage!)...just doing it gradually and cutting back on items.

    Keep it up girl! Great job!

  3. Thanks for reading, Tara! I was tring a slow transistion and then the stomache flu arrived- so I figured I would start with a clean slate :)

    I used to love breakfast sausage so I will definately have to throw some Morning Star sausage patties into the basket next time I make a run to the grocery! Thanks for the tip!

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