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Tacos 3-Ways

December 28, 2013
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They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, I’ll take another village, please. Or a personal assistant will do.

I could spend a couple of hours preparing dinner every night, but you see, I don’t have that village or assistant. And, I do like spending time with these cuties.

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So, quick meals it is.

Nearly everyone does the occasional taco night. Some may call it a yawner recipe, but that’s really not completely fair when everyone loves tacos. And they are easy to make.  And versatile.

Here’s just 3 meal taco ideas that I frequently call upon.

First, there’s your standard taco night with tortillas. I usually go for ground turkey and brown it with an onion & garlic, seasoning it with my own taco-like spices & adding some (rinsed & drained) black beans. We will eat that in tortillas with cheese, lettuce & salsa.

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Second, I can pile the remaining meat mixture into pizza dough with cheese for a different & easy meal the next night. See this Taco Roll.

Third, there’s the classic taco salad. (Anyone remember the Bud Light commercial…”Of course, it’s healthy, it’s a salad”). My parents are the masters of the taco salad; I feel like I grew up on this meal.  Toss the leftover taco meat with some lettuce, served with some cheese, salsa & broken chips. Easy.

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I even mixed leftover taco meat in with some eggs and made a taco frittata; easy.

You can do all this with taco-flavored chicken, plus a dozen other taco-inspired recipes (e.g. Soup, casseroles, dips).  These are my (current) ideas, but I’m searching for more, until my assistant or village arrives…

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  1. January 1, 2014 12:00 pm

    Friend,
    Wish I lived closer to help as an assistant or part of that village.

    Love the simpler cooking items. I don’t have any kids, and I need simple and quick too. We will have to swap more easy, quick cooking ideas.

    Love you,
    Jen

  2. January 3, 2014 12:12 am

    This is a fantastic post. I love finding ways to ‘mix up’ the same meal when there’s stuff leftover, particularly when the variations are quick and easy! I’ve never actually heard of a taco salad… maybe it’s not really a thing here in Australia? I’m definitely going to introduce it into our household repertoire. Your twins are absolutely gorgeous by the way… such a sweet picture xx

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