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      The Dish: Take It With You Taco Salad

      Laura's blog and other recipes found by clicking on this link.

      I'm always looking for new and easy things to take to work and, as you know, I'm a huge fan of all things Mexican food. I've made salads in a jar before -- only because I made some amazing balsamic vinaigrette (click here for Emeril Lagasse's fantastic recipe) and had some spinach to get rid of. Here we go!

      You Will Need:

      1 lb 90/10 ground beef cooked with taco seasoning

      1 cup salsa

      1 cup light sour cream

      2 avocados - sliced in chunks

      1 can black beans - strained and rinsed

      2 tomatoes chopped

      1/4 cup red onion sliced thin

      salad to fill - about 4 cups total -- I prefer arugula, but spinach, spring mix or anything else would work.

      Optional:

      1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

      sliced jalapenos

      tortilla chips

      This recipe serves 8 - so salads for lunch and dinner 4 days of the week or 4 meals for a couple!

      First - brown meat.

      While meat is browning, take all of the salsa and sour cream and mix.

      Put about a half cup of each in the bottom of your jars.

      Layer the rest of the ingredients in this order in each jar:

      1/4 an avocado

      1/4 cup or less of black beans

      1/8 of tomatoes

      1/3 cup(ish) of ground beef

      a couple of red onion slices

      sprinkle of cheese (if you please)

      jalapenos (if you fancy)

      lettuce of your choosing to fill.

      Carry chips in a separate bag. When you're ready to eat - just shake and serve! Doesn't need a microwave and is obviously quite portable.

      I put the avocados closest to the "dressing" made of salsa and sour cream to keep them from browning. Now, they may get a little brown, but that won't hurt you.

      Lunch (or dinner) is served for 221 calories!!! That's not much for such a filling meal.

      Compare to:

      Taco Bell 790 calories

      Wendy's 440 calories

      Taco Bueno 1,043

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