A Meat by Any Other Name, or Taco Tuesday

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In the wake of pink slimegate 2012, Missy Schaaphok, nutritionist and product manager for Taco Bell (that is an oxymoron), wants the chain to place an emphasis on nutrition, not meatiness. Enter the “FRESCO POWER MENU.”

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Here is a link to Missy Schaaphok video recipe guide to an anchovi veggie wrap… did not make the power menu; what a shocker.

I despise disguise, and that is what the new power menu is up to. While the options are calorically cut the quality remains… well, c’mon it is still Taco Bell. Perhaps the saddest member of the Yum! Brand Family of Fast Food/Slow Death.

Thus we have reached the inspiration for my Paleo style breakfast, a fresher fattier version of a Fresco Power selection.

The Taco Salad

The Taco Salad

The hardest part of this breakfast was the tortilla recipe from Mark’s Daily Apple. Basisally a really thin frittata.

EDITS: Lemon instead of lime, Chicken stock instead of water

EDITS: Lemon instead of lime, Chicken stock instead of water

The recipe recommends 4 small torts.

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I went for one large. The cohesion level did not approve… the flip was a flop.
But the little resulting crunchy chips were nice perk of flipping failure.

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Next is was time for a quick Guacamole. My Guac has three ingredients.

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A good Chilli Paste is a great instant Guac hack and Cultured’s ferments are flavor bombs.

This may seem a little too picturesque but Tim really is a stand up  modern farmer

This may seem a little too picturesque but Tim really is a stand up modern farmer

For my Power Protein Filling I fried up one Riverdog Banger with some garnet yam in the ol’ cast iron. Got some stem stock going in the mean time.

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Time to assemble. Guacamole, roasted yam and sausage, shredded romaine, and some of the sauerkraut I jarred (still working on salsa bar spicy carrots).

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Review: This was one tasty pile. Next time I would go with the recommended tiny tortillas for easy of flipping. I would add a two-finger salt pinch and, god forbid, a splash of honey for a twang of sweet and a nicer brown.

Edits: Used a lemon instead of a lime and chicken stock instead of water

Edits: Used a lemon instead of a lime and chicken stock instead of water

All and all though not a tough taco salad for a relaxed 4th meal.

Fourth-Meal

Crunchy.
Spicy.
Meltly.
Grilled.
All of the above.

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