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Okinawa Taco Rice Recipe

If you haven't heard of Okinawa taco rice before, you're in for a real treat.

Prepare yourself to be blown away by one of the easiest, fastest and most awesome dishes to come out of the Japanese subtropical island of Okinawa.

That's the home of karate, Orion beer and the folks with the longest lifespans in the world.

Taco rice is the Okinawan take on classic Tex-Mex – think of it as the culinary love child of Mr Miyagi, Willie Nelson and Salma Hayek.

Now while you're busy trying to erase that mental image, you may be wondering how Tex-Mex even made it over to Okinawa in the first place.

Well, thank the US Marine Corps personnel who brought it all the way across the Pacific.

Without them, Okinawa taco rice wouldn't even exist.

And, boy, are we glad that it does.

It takes only a few minutes to make, contains a ton of protein (your fat-loss turbocharger), veggies, and as many - or as few - carbs as you want.

Now, at Super Fit Dads we do carbs and we know that consuming them doesn't automatically make us put on weight.

Only one thing leads to fat gain, and eating carbs isn't it.

If it was, Japan would have an obesity rate that's off the chart.

Over here it's rice for breakfast, rice for lunch and rice for dinner.

Every. Single. Day.

And the obesity rate is only about 3 %, while in the US it's over 30 %.

So, relax: Okinawa taco rice can work for just about anyone.

The Recipe


1lb ground lean beef or pork

1 large onion – diced

1 clove garlic – crushed

1 carrot – grated

4 tbsp. tomato ketchup

2 tbsp. Bull-Dog tonkatsu sauce (or similar)

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. sugar

Salt & black pepper

The How

1. Add the olive oil to a skillet, and fry off the diced onion and crushed garlic on a medium heat.

2. Add the ground beef/pork and fry until brown.

3. Add the grated carrot, tomato ketchup, tonkatsu sauce, chili powder and sugar.

4. Stir well, add a little water as required and simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Add salt and black pepper to taste.

6. Serve and eat!

Nutrition Information

Sauce only (serves 2-3): Total Calories = 1200, Total protein = 90 g

Serving Suggestion

1. Serve on a bed of rice – 1 cup (cooked) = 240 Calories, 4 g protein.

2. Throw in as much salad/spinach, tomato, capsicum, avocado, etc. as you like.

1/2 avocado = 160 cal, 2 g protein.

3. Add some grated cheese as a topping - 1 oz. = 125 Calories, 7 g protein.

4. Finish off with a shake of Tabasco sauce.

Your masterpiece should end up looking something like this:

Okinawa Taco Rice

Now all that's left is to grab a cold beer from the fridge (yep, you can still drink while losing weight), stick The Karate Kid on the TV, and you're all set.

How easy was that?

¡Buen apetito!

- Tim

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