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DIY Taco Cones

These unique tacos are the perfect way to make taco night quick and portable! They can even be prepped ahead! Such a creative, fun twist on traditional tacos – and they’re great for taco bar parties and tailgates, too!

Another terrific thing about them is how nutritious they are – lots of healthy upgrades!

For one thing, we swapped out a more traditional tortilla for a Flatout, which is loaded with protein and fiber-rich whole grains.

Then, there’s the taco meat itself. We recommend using the very leanest ground beef you can find, or if you prefer, you can use very lean ground turkey.

Plus, the taco meat has lots of nutritious vegetables mixed in: garlic and plenty of onions, black beans, corn, and a jar of lycopene-rich salsa.

And that’s before you even begin layering in the toppings. Be sure to include plenty of fresh veggies to finish these off – maybe diced tomatoes and thinly sliced romaine lettuce, for starters.

Notice that this recipe is intended to be adjustable. Precisely how many cones you’ll want to make and how far you can stretch the taco meat will depend on a variety of factors, including how tightly you wrap the cones, how many toppings you include along with the taco meat, and how high you pile on the toppings (hint: for mess-free portability, don’t pile them too high).

No matter how you make them, these are sure to be a hit! Taco night, reinvented … portable, more fun, and healthier than ever!

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Grilled Cheesy Bean Burrito

For the busy athlete, it may be tempting to run through the drive-thru to quickly re-fuel, yet many times fast food may be lacking the nutrients you need to perform at your best. For the athlete with diabetes, it’s essential to consume both protein and carbohydrate after a workout. This combination not only replenishes energy stores that were burned up during exercise, but also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels to prevent crashes or spikes later in the day. This Grilled Cheesy Bean Burrito is the perfect solution since it can be made in advance, eaten on the go, and is packed full of the carbs and protein you need to refuel your muscles while promoting healthy blood sugar levels. By swapping a standard tortilla rich in simple carbohydrates with a fiber rich, higher protein Flatout Flatbread, you can enjoy the taste you love while boosting your nutrition and stabilizing blood sugar levels.

I consider myself fortunate that my parents didn’t raise me with a lot of fast food around. But I also realize that part of that reason was because there weren’t nearly as many options for fast food as there are now. Both my parents worked and were really busy, so it would have been a reasonable option, I suppose, if there were as many ultra-cheap fast food choices back then as there today. Mostly my mom or dad cooked, thankfully, and fast food was reserved for occasional road trips or very special occasions.

We did, however, have TV dinners. They were considered a very high-tech convenience. And how I hated them! Indistinguishable from the next, they were served hot from the oven in sectioned off foil trays, each compartment holding some kind of gross, mushy brown thing. Even dessert was mushy and brown. Everything in the tray had sort of a chemical aftertaste, too. What they lacked in taste and charm, they made up for in convenience, I suppose, but still, I’m happy those days are over.

It wasn’t until college that I tasted my first fast food style bean burrito. You could have one for 69 cents, well under a dollar, so many late night dinners were made up of bean burritos. Turns out I could have done a lot worse; I was still leery of “processed meat” from the TV dinners, and I was trying to be a vegetarian, so the lowly bean was good enough for me.

Indeed, beans are a smart choice for most people, and are excellent sources of protein and fiber.

This flatbread recipe harkens back to the good old college days where, like so many students, I was broke as a joke and hungry all the time. And they’re just as handy now when I don’t feel like running to the store and shopping, or when my monthly budget is tight. Beans are an inexpensive and healthy choice, depending on how they’re prepared. The beauty of this recipe is in the chopped white onions sprinkled in the burrito. It’s simple, quick, and immensely delicious, to boot. Just grab your flatbread, your hot sauce, and some fat-free refried beans and you’re almost there! There’s no need to run out to grab a bag of fast food, you can make a delicious inexpensive meal at home.

Vivà the bean!

-Amy at Flatout

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Texas Caviar with Sriracha Flatbread Chips

The award season came and went, and you know what that means! Put away your sequins, your de la Renta, your satin, your tux, and roll up that red carpet! Or, better yet, stay in your joggers and jammies like we do and make some fancy snacks to eat in the comfort and privacy of your own living room while watching movies. My better half and I have been couch potatoes as of late, getting caught up on all the award winning movies. It’s been our thing the last few years to make a bunch of appetizers to nosh on while watching all the films that won, after the fact. That way we can stay at home and make our own food, rather than relying on over-priced movie theatre concessions. My better half’s popcorn is way better, besides.

We like to keep it fresh and exciting when we make our snacks, and I’m not talking about wings and pizza and queso dip. We simply have to stay on track at this crucial time of year. It’s not winter, it doesn’t yet feel like spring, but summer is closer than we care to admit. And to me, that’s another excuse to try out a flatbread appetizer, like this one for Texas Caviar.

Everything’s bigger in Texas, maybe even the flatbread! One thing Texas doesn’t have is fish eggs, but they have beans, and lots of them. Black eyed peas to be exact, and this canned bean salsa-style dip was originally served on New Years, to honor the tradition of eating black eyed peas for wealth and good health in the new year. It can be sweet or savory, depending on how you like your vinaigrette, but this one is savory and the baked flatbread chips that go with it are pure zingy, crispy, spicy, chippy goodness.

You already know that beans are an excellent source of protein and may be helpful for your, ahem, heart. The great thing about this dip is that the beans feel extra special. There’s tons of flavor, loads of texture, and a spicy baked flatbread to boot.

So go ahead and veg out a little, just make sure you eat your veggies when you do it.

-Amy at Flatout

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