I lay it all out there: sour-cream or full fat, plain greek yogurt, shredded lettuce, chopped jalapeños, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, scallions or cilantro. I put it in the middle of the table and let everyone have their choice of toppings.
Crunchy or Soft
If they don’t eat anything else, my kids will eat crunchy taco shells. I heat them for 5 minutes in the toaster oven just to get them crispy. The soft ones, are for 3 out of 6 of us- I heat those too in the microwave. We love options. Not one kid eats like another. It is so challenging and amazing.
Extending the Meat
Again, only half of us eat the meat, but it goes so fast. I brown the meat, add the taco seasoning, add 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of salsa. And my secret… I extend one pound of meat with one can of refried beans. I like the vegetarian kind so there is no extra lard or weird stuff. It taste super yum and adds a creamy texture to the whole mix while doubling the “meat” that I am serving.
Offering Options: veggie sticks, rice
Since it is a dinner that my kids like but don’t all love- I give them carrots, and veggie sticks and yogurt usually. The kids that don’t eat meat put rice in the crunchy shell and that is their “taco.” It is still the meal.
Taco Tuesday admittedly sometimes falls on Thursday. Or Sunday. But it’s an easy meal and one that we can eat together which we all enjoy. It isn’t always that we eat the exact same way or the same foods, but we are able to sit and enjoy a meal without tears or struggle and I feel like my pickiest of eaters tried the meal, as she eats the taco shell and some cheese. Baby Steps.