I Tried This For Dinner and It Was Great

I saw this amazing picture on our Instagram feed and I knew that I just had to try making this dish. In the end, it turned out very well and I will certainly be making it again.

The flavor profile is light while you eat it, somehow resembling the good parts of both a taco and a salad. After I finished eating, I noticed that it felt hardy in the stomach. It was an interesting, tasty combination that made a nice change of pace.

Photo and recipe idea via @janesfitfood on Instagram

Photo and recipe idea via @janesfitfood on Instagram

 

Preparation Time

Clocked at 40 minutes, although this was the first time I had ever prepared watercress, so I would think I could go faster next time. The meal did take relatively significant time to prepare, but I would say it's worth the time investment. I noticed for next time that preparing the ground beef in advance would have saved 13 minutes of preparation time. 

 

Servings

One serving.

 

Ingredients

 

Equipment

 

Directions

1) Add enough cooking oil to the pan to cover the bottom in a small layer. Heat the pan over medium/high heat. Open the beef and add it to the pan. 

2) Add the taco seasoning and stir so that the meat becomes evenly browned. You want to cook it until you can't see any red anymore, using the utensil to break up any chunks of meat.

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3) Once the meat is thoroughly browned, remove it from heat and set to the side. 

4) In the serving bowl, add the watercress by taking each stem and cutting off the leaves. I found this to be the most tedious step in the process; maybe there is a faster way to prepare it. 

This was my first experience with watercress. Turns out I like it!

This was my first experience with watercress. Turns out I like it!

5) Prep the Avocado. My general method is to (a) slice off the little branch part at the top (b) run a knife in a circle around the middle of the avocado (c) pop out the seed by using a butter knife (not a sharp knife) as a wedge to push the seed out and then (d) remove the skin by pinching it to push the delicious insides out on my plate. Then dice the avocado and add it to the salad. 

(a) slice off the little branch part at the top

(a) slice off the little branch part at the top

(b) run a knife in a circle around the middle of the avocado

(b) run a knife in a circle around the middle of the avocado

(c) pop out the seed by using a butter knife as a wedge to push the seed out

(c) pop out the seed by using a butter knife as a wedge to push the seed out

(d) remove the skin by pinching it to push the delicious insides out

(d) remove the skin by pinching it to push the delicious insides out

Dice the avocado

Dice the avocado

Add to the salad

Add to the salad

I mixed the avocado and the watercress together. This was probably unnecessary but I thought it might look nicer. 

I mixed the avocado and the watercress together. This was probably unnecessary but I thought it might look nicer. 

6) Add enough ground beef to basically cover what is in the bowl. 

7) Add the cilantro by cutting the leaves from the stems. I used one bunch of cilantro from the store. 

8) Dice one green onion, both the top and the bottom, and add it to the bowl. 

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9) Enjoy! I found mine to be delicious. It was interestng that no salad dressing was required. I just added a pinch of salt and squeezed a lime slice over it. 


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