Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Taco Tuesday!

Tacos always seem to be a hit with kids.
They also happen to be one of the easiest meals to sneak in a few more vegetables and to use healthy switch-ups!

Try these easy, healthful switch-ups:

*Taco shells: trade out soft flour tortillas for whole grain tortillas

*Meat:  combine 1 lb. lean ground beef and 1 lb lean ground turkey, brown with one diced onion.  Add 1 c. (or more) partially mashed black beans.  Even "bean haters" will like this!

*Seasoning:  make this easy taco seasoning blend--no crazy unpronounceable ingredients like the packets from the store.  Use 1-2 Tablespoons per pound of meat.  Add after any fat has been drained from meat.  A few tablespoons of water may need to be added.

Taco Seasoning
4 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
4 teaspoons paprika
4 teaspoons dried oregano
1 to 3 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes, to taste 

Mix all spices and store in an airtight container.

*Toppings:  sprinkle the cheese in moderation...load up the vegetables!  Lettuce is green...so is spinach.  Mix some in!  Along with diced tomatoes, slice some avocado.  Play up the color...it's a fiesta!

 What are your favorite taco toppings?


Unknown said...

As a bean hater I can vouch for these delicious tacos.

peter marie said...

Perfect! I was just thinking what to make for supper and this sounds perfect!...but I'm going straight up beans with no meat. (cuz I ain't got none)
Crazy, I tell ya.

Amanda said...

I have been wanting to make my own taco seasoning FOREVER!! Thanks for reminding me, in a healthy and delicious way!! :)

FilledToTheBrim - Kate said...

I LOVE tacos! These sound yummy :).

Nicole said...

Tacos are one of our favorites around here! My favorite topping is homemade guacamole. We may have to try our own seasoning next time.