My friend Alejo can eat four bowls of Black Beans. Top that.
Does your family have a Taco Night? We're in Texas, so the answer in the Stundins household is "DUH!" Thank you Homer Simpson for that lovely addition to my children's lexicon. Taco night is a great opportunity to have friends and neighbors over too.
Let us extol the virtues of Tacos for a moment, shall we?
1. If your toddler just wants cheese in said taco, he may just have cheese. If he just eats the tortilla, still a win.
2. If your husband likes them spicy and you do not, don't put the spice in the meat, just hand the big lug a jar of salsa.
3. You think crunchy shells are going to be a disaster in your house? Opt for the soft flour tortilla to wrap that mess up in and fold it neatly into a little pocket of taco goodness.
4. Think about a form change: tacos are messy for your kids? How about tiny Taco Tarts made in Tostitos Scoops, which look like tiny bowls.
5. Lots of topping choices means everyone is happy. And, no one is throwing food on the floor. *Yes, Luka I'm talking to you.*
Taco Tarts: Tostitos Scoops, Refried Beans, Guacamole. Add cheese, sour cream if you like.
How do we make tacos special at The Stundins Casa? And, by "special", I of course mean NUTRITIOUS. Besides the fact that your ordinary taco usually contains goodies like cheese, lettuce, and tomato, you can pump up the nutrition in several underhanded, sneaky ways. Cuz that's the kind of mom I am. Ways that your kids will never notice. That your husband will never guess. Of course you have to keep them out of the kitchen when you do this, or the jig is up.
1. Use some ground turkey in with your ground beef. They'll never know. And to make your life easier in the future, cook up a BIG batch of ground meat, then freeze it in individual meal ziploc bags. Next time's taco night will prepare in a snap.
2. Add sweet potato puree to the meat after you cook it, when you sprinkle in your taco spices. Adds Vitamins A and C. Can't taste it.
3. Sprinkle ground flax seed over the ground spiced meat when you cook it. Adds fiber and Omega 3s. Can't taste this either.
4. Add avocados to the list of toppings. Dude, what is a taco without avocados a.k.a guacamole.
5. Add colorful side dishes like Calabacita. Calabacita is just a can of corn, a chopped up zucchini, a chopped up red pepper, a bit of chopped garlic and onions, and some salt, pepper, and margarine all cooked in a skillet.
6. Chop up all your toppings into tiny bits, and put them in tiny bowls to choose from, so children will not be intimidated and perhaps try more things on their taco. Tiny things are cute. Cute things usually end up in their mouth. *Mother Logic*
Calabacita: corn, zucchini, red pepper, salt, pepper, margarine.
If you're in Texas, be sure to shop for your fresh vegetable ingredients at your local Fiesta Grocery Store. If you've never been, you'll be SHOCKED I TELL YOU at the prices of the produce. Ridiculously inexpensive Mexican Avocados. The best kind.
Mommy's Wish List Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico.
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