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Recipe Makeover: Low Carb Taco Fiesta Bubble Up

This week I am happy to say that I have stuck to my planned Menu for the week. Even on busy nights that have included late night meetings and soccer practice, I have always food ready to go. I always love Week 1 on a new food journey. Everything is so fresh and new! I just need to remember this feeling 12 weeks from now when things might not seem so good. 

One of my favorite things that I made this week was my low carb version of Drizzle Me Skinny’s Taco Fiesta Bubble Up Casserole. When I was on the Weight Watcher plan and not worried about eating gluten or dairy, this was one of my favorite go-to quick dish recipes. The delicious combination of a buttery biscuit and cheese meat topping made me feel like I was eating real comfort food and not another “diet” dish. With my current health journey, I am really focusing on what fuels my body and makes me feel my best. Instead of find ways to “cheat”, I am finding new ways to recreate dishes I love with foods that work for me. 

While interacting with fellow bloggers this week I stumbled across a great healthy living blogger, Ray Ruzzo at Superpowers Sold Separately. Her recent post, Use the Force (to destroy Diet Culture), really made me examine the journey I am currently on. There was one section in particular that spoke to me: 

“So, what’s the difference? “A Diet” taken as a temporary measure is never going to produce lasting results. Why? Because our bodies are reflections of our lifestyles.

“If you have every intention of going back to your old habits, you will go back to your old body. That’s why you need to focus on “your diet.” What are you eating every week? Every month? People who make these kinds of slow-but-steady, long-term changes are proven to keep the weight off. (The National Weight Control Registry has shown 87% of people maintained a 10% reduction for 10 years.)”- Ray Ruzzo

I struggle some days wondering if I am doing “enough” to be at a healthier weight. I “only” lost 30ish pounds last year. But then I realize what else I have done for my body. I completed an exercise series, was more active with my kids, and feel like a new person. Then I look at pictures like this of myself. This is a yearly comparison of just my face. Do you see a difference? Yes-Slow and Steady will win this race and create lasting results. 

So as I renovated this dish I just kept thinking I am doing this because I am creating new recipes that I thoroughly enjoy and know will get me a little step closer to a true lifestyle of change and well being. This is not about restricting my life to salad and kale, it’s making things that will be my new go-to recipe Rolodex. With a few quick substitutions, I was able to create a dish packed with vegetables and flavor that the whole family enjoyed. I did not feel deprived and was quite proud of what I was able to create. 

Low Carb Taco Fiesta Bubble Up

This low carb dish substitutes cabbage for the biscuit base to make this a little bit lighter in calories but not in taste. This casserole can be made ahead of time to bake on a busy night.

20Prep Time

35Cook Time

55Total Time

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  • 1 lb cooked extra lean ground beef
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 cup diced peppers, I used red, orange and yellow
  • 1 cup diced onion, I used red onion
  • 1/2 cup Daiya Dairy Free Cheese, I used a Mexican Blend
  • 1 head of cabbage, chopped
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • Green onion
  • Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350F, spray a 9x13 casserole dish and set aside.
  2. Cook your ground beef in a pan on the stove on medium-high heat. Once browned add salsa, chili powder, cumin, and salt to the pan. Simmer for a few minutes.Remove from heat.
  3. In a separate skillet, add chopped cabbage and spray with olive oil on medium heat. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to saute and stir until cabbage is cooked through with a lightly browned texture.
  4. Place cooked cabbage in the bottom of your casserole dish, top with half of your meat mixture, half of your peppers and onions and half of your cheese. Repeat layers and finish with your chopped green onion on top.
  5. Loosely cover with foil and bake in oven for 25 minutes, remove foil and continue baking for 10 minutes.Let cool for 5 minutes then cut into 6 servings.


Nutritional Information Serving Size 6 Calories: 266 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 5g Protein: 24g

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  • Angela Tolsma
    January 12, 2018 at 2:59 pm This sounds so yummy and easy to make! I would never have thought to bake this instead of just tossing it all together on a taco or something!
    • momontherun
      January 12, 2018 at 5:25 pm It is so easy to make and smells amazing when it comes out of the oven!
  • Tonya
    January 12, 2018 at 3:54 pm This is a sign! I keep seeing Mexican recipes and all these recipes with cheese! I must have something like this for dinner. Looks so so good!
    • momontherun
      January 12, 2018 at 5:25 pm Yes-- I can enjoy Mexican again with cheese!
  • Marjie Mare
    January 12, 2018 at 4:16 pm You always have the healthiest recipes and they are so simple. You have gained one follower in me.
    • momontherun
      January 12, 2018 at 5:25 pm Thank you so much for your comment and follow :) I appreciate it!
  • Stephanie
    January 12, 2018 at 5:25 pm Yum! I already have almost all of the ingredients for this, we will be trying it soon! Living in Texas, we have learned to embrace the Tex-Mex and this seems like it would fit in great with that!!
  • Destany
    January 12, 2018 at 9:08 pm I love 50 lbs a few years ago, and I felt so good! Then I got my gallbladder out and remembered how yummy all the unhealthy food tasted!
  • Glenda
    January 12, 2018 at 9:55 pm I am trying to find new healthy recipe dishes for my family. Thank you! I'll be adding this one to my recipe book.
  • Danielle Faith
    January 13, 2018 at 11:43 am This seems like such a good idea. I need to start keeping a recipe book for all this good stuff.
    • momontherun
      January 13, 2018 at 5:01 pm I have been pinning everything to Pinterest so I can keep track!
  • Kim
    January 13, 2018 at 9:03 pm Oh my goodness, this looks so yummy! I will be making this soon!
  • Melissa
    January 13, 2018 at 11:39 pm This looks like a great dish. I love that it's lower calories too!
  • Ananda
    January 14, 2018 at 2:18 am i love recipes that are yummy and easy to make! this baked dish is perfect for a winter day!
  • Brandi
    January 14, 2018 at 9:00 am I love a low-carb dish! This looks so creative and delicious!
  • Prajakta Sharma
    January 14, 2018 at 11:38 am The recipe looks really nice. i would substitite the beef with paneer as I am a vegatarian :)
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