These miniaturized versions of tacos are one of my all-time favorite, kid-friendly snacks.

When Frito-Lay introduced Baked! Scoops, I was so excited that I instantly went to work on creating dishes to fill these little morsels. I just find them so festive. When I conjured these tacos, I couldn’t wait to show them to friends and clients. They’re so much fun. Not only can you eat ten of them (how often do you get to eat ten whole anything—outside this book, anyway— when you’re eating healthy?) for only 200 calories. Plus the whole family will be excited to dig into your “diet food.” And kids will be more than willing to help prepare them.

10 Tostitos Baked! Scoops

1/4 cup finely shredded romaine lettuce

2 tablespoons finely chopped tomatoes

1/2 ounce (about 21/2 tablespoons) finely shredded Cabot’s 75% Light Cheddar cheese, or your favorite low-fat Cheddar

1 teaspoon lower-sodium taco seasoning

2 ounces 96% lean ground beef

1 tablespoon mild or hot red taco sauce

Arrange the Scoops side by side on a plate.

Mix the lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese in a medium bowl until well combined. Divide evenly among the Scoops (about 11/2 teaspoons per Scoop).

Stir 2 teaspoons water into the taco seasoning in a small bowl until it has no lumps. Set aside.

Preheat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Put in the beef. Use a wooden spoon to coarsely crumble the meat as it cooks. When the beef is no longer pink, after 1 to 2 minutes, stir in the seasoning mixture. When no liquid remains, after about 1 minute, remove from the heat. Divide the meat evenly among the Scoops, atop the lettuce mixture (about 1 teaspoon in each). Dollop the top of each with taco sauce. Serve immediately. Can be made in 30 minutes or less / No more than 20 minutes hands-on prep time

MAKES 10 TINY TACOS; 1 SERVING OR 2 PORTIONS Each 1-Decadent-Disk portion (5 tacos) has: 101 calories, 9 g protein, 9 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, <1 g saturated fat, 18 mg cholesterol, <1 g fiber, 223 mg sodium Each 2-Decadent-Disk serving (10 tacos) has: 202 calories, 17 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 446 mg sodium

Recipe taken from Devin Alexander’s THE MOST DECADENT DIET EVER!

Copyright © 2008 by Devin Alexander published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House Inc.

Photo Credit: Theresa Raffetto

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Devin Alexander

Media Personality, Healthy Comfort Food Chef, Weight Loss Expert, and New York Times Bestselling Author, Devin Alexander, is the Chef of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and the author of 8 cookbooks including “The Biggest Loser Cookbook” Series and “The Most Decadent Diet Ever”.

Devin’s unique approach to healthy cooking and her motivational personal story have landed her regular appearances on talk, news, weight loss and fitness shows for over a decade, making her America’s Go-To Expert for decadence without consequence.  Devin has shared her secrets through frequent appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Biggest Loser, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, The View, FOX, CNN, and others, and through over 500 magazine features including Prevention, Men’s Health and Shape. She’s coached thousands of pounds off others and has maintained her own 70-pound weight loss for over 20 years. She truly lives and eats her message: you don’t have to deprive yourself to be fit and healthy.

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