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It’s Taco Tuesday: An Easy Family Meal #SundaySupper

taco tuesday

Hello my friends, I am sharing one of our favorite meals with you- and I know you know this one: Taco Tuesday! Except it’s Sunday. Yes, well. This is Hardly A Goddess after all, and I do enjoy my imperfections around here! So here we are enjoying tacos and any day we please like crazy people. And if you want even more recipes for your own Taco Tuesday (or any day!), the Sunday Supper bloggers have some great ideas- which are at the end of the post. Without further ado…

Taco Tuesday: An easy family meal

It’s Taco Tuesday… on a Sunday and this is how I Roll:

  • Buffet Set-Up

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.

taco setup

  • Crunchy or Soft

If they don’t eat anything else, my kids will eat crunchy taco shells filled with white rice. I heat them for 5 minutes in the oven at 375* just to get them crispy.  The soft ones, are for 3 out of 6 of us- I heat those too in the microwave for 30 seconds. Done.  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 can go fast if we’re hungry.  I brown the meat, add the taco seasoning (my homemade recipe), add 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of salsa. And here’s 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.

Taco Tuesday

  • Offering Options: veggie sticks, rice

Since it is a dinner that my kids like but don’t all love- I usually give them carrots, and veggie sticks and yogurt on the side. The kids who don’t eat meat- three of them!- put rice in the crunchy shell and that is their “taco.” It is still the meal.

Taco Tuesday admittedly sometimes falls on Thursday…Or a Sunday like today, but it’s an easy meal and one that we can eat together at the table, 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 has tried the meal, as she eats the taco shell and some cheese. Baby Steps. Here’s the recipe for my tacos:


Taco Tuesday: An Easy Family Meal

What you need:

1 pound ground meat
1 can refried beans
3-4 Tbsp.Taco Seasoning or one packet of store-bought
1/4 cup Salsa
1/4 cup Water

*For serving you’ll need: hard and soft taco shells, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled jalapeno, salsa, cheese, and sour cream.

What to do:

  • In a large non-stick skillet, brown the meat over medium heat.
  • Add the taco seasoning. Stir until mixed.
  • Add 1/4 cup each of salsa and water. Stir to combine.
  • Add the beans. Continue to simmer, for about 10-15 minutes(see note*), adding up to a can of water as it cooks.
  • Remove from heat and into a heat-proof bowl.
  • Serve with hard or soft taco shells and lettuce, tomatoes, pickled jalapeno, salsa, cheese, sour cream as condiments on the side.

*(note): I make my rice which I serve with this, according to package directions, as the meat is simmering for the 15 minutes. It usually takes about 20 minutes, which works perfectly with getting it all on the table.

Taco Meat with Refried Beans

This is a great recipe to extend meat and make a pound of ground meat stretch in the meal to serve more people.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 3-4 Tbsp.Taco Seasoning or one packet of store-bought
  • Salsa
  • Water

Instructions

In a non-stick skillet, brown the meat. Add the taco seasoning. Stir on a med-low heat.

Add 1/4 cup each of salsa and water. Stir as it simmers.

Add the beans. Stir until it is all combined and heated through.

Remove from heat and serve warm.

Notes

In a pinch, I have pureed a can of beans and added them to the meat instead of using a can of refried beans. It doesn't "hide" the beans as well for my picky eaters though, so I try to keep the refried ones on hand!

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Taco Tuesday

For even MORE easy Taco recipes, check out the Sunday Supper Bloggers:

Easy Taco Recipes #SundaySupper

Breakfast, Dessert, and Alternative Tacos

Lunch and Dinner Tacos

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Taco Tuesday: An easy family meal

TOP 10 Table Manners For Kids & Their Parents

Top 10 Table Manners for Kids & AdultsNothing wrong here folks.

Mom (that is me~ 3rd person mom, here) just had a mini-breakdown because I had to witness my kid’s open-mouth, full of food, interrupting another kid’s rant and then lean across the table to get the salt. Ummm…

Sound familiar? If you too, are sick of seeing half-eaten food lodged in an open mouth when you are trying to eat, please read on. More than anything else, it just grosses me out. I really don’t mind so much that it is the constant reminding. That is what I do. I repeat and repeat, hoping they will finally “get it.” But I know…It is hard  for them to remember, all those things mom is telling them to do, all the time! They are kids. They get a pass on this one. Eventually it will all come together. Someday, another parent will say to you, after hosting your child for a meal, “Your daughter was SO polite! I wish mine had such good manners! She can eat over ANYtime!” Yes. This is the goal: That your kids are so polite, that other people want to feed them. Willingly. Sigh.

So how do we get there? By reminding, and also modeling. Manners aren’t just for kids. Parents sometimes forget…I know. We do. We can all use some reminding. Now, I am not talking about any kind of over the top manners here. I am going to list 10 basic manners, you and your kids should follow so that they aren’t embarrassed to go out to eat at a restaurant or a friend’s house. It’s adapted from the genius over at Beauty & Bedlam blog.

Here’s a printable list:

Top 10 Table Manners for Kids & Their Parents

  1. Never comment or complain about the food that is served to you.
  2. Wait until everyone is seated and served a meal before starting to eat.
  3. Wait to see if the host wants to say a Thank You or prayer before the meal.
  4. Place your napkin in your lap before you start to eat.
  5. No matter what, take at least one bite of every single food on the plate.
  6. Eat with your mouth closed. 
  7. Wait to finish chewing and swallowing before speaking.
  8. Never interrupt another person while they are talking.
  9. Say please and thank you, while asking others to pass. No reaching.
  10. Stay seated until excused and say thank you to the host at meal end.

See? It isn’t over the top- no salad fork or soup spoon etiquette here- just the basics. I hope you have a lovely dinner tonight together (if that ever happens!) with your family, and you can share some of this with them. Tell them I told you it was gross. I will still have your kids over to my house of course and I hope you will have mine…and feel free to nudge them in the right direction on these few little manners. It takes a village my friends!Top 10 Table Manners for Kids & Adults

Homemade French Toast Sticks for the Freezer

freezer french toast sticks

One of my favorite blogs,  AndreaDekker.com, posted recently on French Toast Sticks.  My kids LOVE the store bought version, which of course, is not my ideal healthy breakfast for most days- or the cheapest, at the rate we can go through them! In my recent efforts to change their little sugary taste-buds, I wanted to make my own version of these, and freeze them.  Inspired  by this blogger, who had a recipe for freezing the sticks, I decided to try it, and make these for later in the week.

I changed the type of bread and amounts, but the recipe turns out great!

It was super easy prep:

french toast sticks

Dredge in egg mixture and cook all at once, then remove to a parchment-lined pan to cool:

french toast sticks

Then freeze, while they are flat, and then transfer to a ziplock bag (sorry, no photo, but I think you can figure that one out!).

You definitely want to slice the bread before you dredge in the egg mixture,- it makes them let flattened out and more pleasing to look at!  I don’t know how healthy these are, but they are homemade, which always has less weird additives and sugar than the store-bought version.  Plus I want the kids to get used to homemade versions of their favorite packaged foods- changing their taste buds in a way that is less shocking to their little selves!

Homemade Freezer French Toast Sticks

Ingredients

  • 14 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, optional

Instructions

Directions:

Stack 5 slices of bread up on top of each other and align them the long way facing you. Using a serrated knife, cut the stack three ways,

In a deep-dish pie plate, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon until well combined.  Heat the 1Tbsp butter in a large pan over medium heat.

Dunk each piece of the sliced bread into the egg/milk mixture and place on the pan. Cook on one side until lightly browned, then flip over and cook until done.

Remove the cooled sticks, and put on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Continue this process until all the sticks are cooked.  Now you can enjoy these right now if you don’t let them cool! Or you can let them cool completely and freeze.

To Freeze:

When they are cooled, place the lined cookie sheet filled with the sticks, in the freezer for about one hour or until frozen. If you had too many for one cookie sheet, place another layer of parchment or waxed paper on top before you put any on top-they will stick otherwise.  Once frozen, remove and transfer to a large gallon sized freezer bag. Make sure to label with contents and date. Put in freezer until ready to use.

When you want to make these, just remove the amount that you want and heat in a toaster oven or conventional oven until toasty. Makes 42 french toast sticks.

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Can’t wait for these to take out on Wednesday night for the meal plan! I think the kids will be really happy for this fun meal- perhaps a rare dinner smile from my picky people!