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Cliff's Taco Casserole

Cliff"The Truck Drivin' Man" Lund, mentioned that I was so busy creating recipes for others, that I didn't have time for him anymore. I put this on the menu that very night and when I shared the recipe's name, he was all smiles again.

16 ounces ground 90% lean turkey or beef
1 cup (one 8 ounce can) Hunt's Tomato Sauce
2 teaspoons JO's Taco Seasoning
6 ounces (on 8 ounce can) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped fresh tomatoes*
1 1/2 cups (2 1/4 ounces) coarsely broken Dorito's "WOW" Nacho chips
3/4 cup Land O Lakes no fat sour cream
1/2 cup sliced green onion
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon (2 1/2 ounce) shredded Kraft reduced fat Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 by 12 inch baking dish with olive oil flavored cooking spray. In a large skillet sprayed with olive oil flavored cooking spray, brown meat. Stir in tomato sauce, JO's Taco Seasoning. Add kidney beans and 1/2 cup tomatoes. Mix well to combine. Lower heat and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes. Arrange Nacho chips in prepared baking dish. Spoon meat mixture evenly over ships. Spread sour cream evenly over meat mixture. top with green onion, remaining 1 cup tomatoes and Cheddar cheese. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Place baking dish on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Divide into 6 servings.

HINT: Substitute any reputable brand for JO's Taco Seasoning.

Serves 6 - Each serving equals:
HE: 3 Pr, 1 1/3 Ve, 1/2 Br, 1/4 Sl, 10 OC
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228 Calories, 8 gm Fa, 20 gm Pr, 19 gm Ca, 529 mg So, 96 mg Cl, 4 gm Fi
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DIABETIC: 2 1/2 Mt, 1 Ve, 1 St/Ca

Healthy Exchanges Newsletter, Vol. VIII, Issue 11 - November 1999, pg 4
Joanna M Lund

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