Saturday, February 2, 2008

Quick and Easy Taco Salad

For my birthday my mother gifted me a new camera. Sometime in the last year I had become a food blogger and though the camera I had was wonderful for taking macros within my own apartment, it was a tad bulky to be carting to restaurants. I am not one to tote a tote big enough to fit all the furniture in my livingroom like I see some women do. I just dont have the back strength for it. Needless to say the Nikon Coolpix 5700 was not fitting into my clutch.

All of this is to say that I now also have a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S40. I downloaded photos I took on the new camera onto my computer for the first time today (even though I received it in November). I am extremely pleased with the results. I havent fiddled with the camera's settings and it appears I need to set the light mode to indoor lighting since few restaurants (come to think of it, no restaurants) in Lafayette have outdoor seating allowing for natural light. Here are two photos taken of the same meal: one taken with my Nikon and the other taken with my Sony. Keep in mind my Nikon has 11X zoom while the Sony only has 3X. Let me know what you think of the difference.

Specimen 1: Nikon

Specimen 2: Sony

Quick and Easy Taco Salad

1/2 lb ground turkey
1 4oz can crushed tomatoes
1/2 packet of taco seasoning (cheating, I know)
1/4 c. chicken broth
1 c. roasted corn (frozen)
1 can diced green chilies
1/2 lime
1/2 c. cilantro, chopped
1/2 red onion chopped
1 can black beans, drained
1 handful cherry tomatoes
grated cheese
sour cream (lite, if you must)
1 c. chopped butter-leaf lettuce

Brown the ground turkey. When it is cooked halfway through add the seasoning, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, and black beans.

In a separate pan, heat the corn with the green chilies and add half the cilantro. Squeeze the lime half over the corn and stir to combine.

Put the lettuce into a bowl. Top with the ground turkey mixture, green chili corn salsa, cheese, red onion, cilantro, and cherry tomatoes.

I figure that if you dont have this over rice or wrap it up in a tortilla, you can justify real sour cream. I dont tend to scrimp on my dairy products!


Anonymous said...

The new camera works great...both pictures are very nice. Although I guess the Nikkon photo is arty.

Beverly said...

You are great with the cameras. We got a new camera for Christmas, an upgraded version of the one we used to have. It's one of those Canon digital Elphs ... this one is silver and just a tad bigger than the old one. I love the pics it takes but of course it doesn't c omapre to your professional shots!

The taco salad is the classiest one I've ever seen, by the way!

The other day I made this awesome chili which called for chipotle peppers. It was the first time I've ever cooked with chipotle peppers, and it turned out really well!

chriesi said...

Mmm I am gonna try this soon. Should be really yummy.

grace said...

oooh...that looks so good!
I just had upper and lower jaw surgeries about 11 weeks ago and still can't chew much of anything, but once I can chew, I wanna eat that!
I was looking for a picture of taco salads w/ lots of refried beans for my "taco mash" blog entry and found your site. I'll be checking back to see if I can eat any of your creations as soon as I can attempt veggies again!