Eating healthy and local to start the new year

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Updated: 1/07/2014 3:52 pm

RENO, Nev ( & KRNV) – Seven days into the new year and some are struggling to jump start that New Year's resolution. Nothing to It! Culinary Center shares some helpful tips with the help of Nevada Grown to start off the new year in the right direction.

Nothing to It! Culinary Director Lara Ritchie walks News 4 through a healthy version of a family favorite, tacos. Ritchie reveals that one key to a healthy diet is to eat seasonally and a great way to do that is to eat local. 

Nevada Grown is a way to do just that. Nevada Grown brings fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, etc. to your tabletop. Nevada Grown can be your connection to ranchers and farmers in Northern Nevada. If you think you have what it takes to create your own healthy and local recipe you can enter it with Nevada Grown an even earn a chance to win prizes.

For more information on Nevada Grown click here. 

The Taco recipe as provided by Ritchie:

Ground Beef Tacos

1 head   Butter leaf lettuce, cleaned and separated leaves

1 lb  Ground beef

1 tsp Vegetable oil, *optional

1 1/2 tbls  Caribbean spice rub, or you can substitute your favorite rub (ie. taco seasoning, Moroccan blend, barbecue blend)

1 tsp  Italian sea salt or kosher salt

3 tbls  Cilantro, cleaned and chopped

1/2 ea  Red bell pepper, seeded, seam removed, and diced

1/2 ea  Green bell pepper, seeded, seam removed, and diced

1/2 ea  Yellow bell pepper, seeded, seam removed and diced

1 ea  Avocado, sliced

1 cup Salsa


Optional ingredients:

Shredded cheese


Sour cream

Black beans, cooked and drained

Take the beef out of the refrigerator and place on your kitchen counter, covered, for about 20 minutes.

Pre heat the oven to 200F

Place a non stick pan over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the beef in small batches into the pan - in a single layer, no more than 1 1/2 inches high. Let the meat sit in the pan, without stirring, until it becomes golden brown on one side. Before flipping, season with some of the salt and the seasoning. Then flip the meat and let it brown on the other side, repeating with the salt and seasoning blend. Once the meat is done is browning, transfer to a clean plate or platter and put it in an oven to keep warm. (make sure your plate/platter is oven safe) If your pan is not large enough to fit all the beef without it being too thick, you will need to do this in batches.


Place the ground beef in butter lettuce leaves, and garnish with your favorite toppings.


*If using oil, add it to the pan after it has heated and be sure to make sure the oil is hot before adding the beef. To test to see if it is hot enough - take a small piece of the beef and add it to the pan and see if it sizzles loudly, if not, let the pan heat up more before sauteing
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