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

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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

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries #SundaySupper

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries


I was talking to a dietitian/nutritionist last week and she asked me:

“How many vegetables do your kids eat?”

Ummmmm….

“One.”…ugh. I can’t believe it’s just one. Wait! Wait! There’s got to be more than one…

“Two!” I almost shouted at her {sigh of relief}.

My kids eat two legitimate veggies on a regular basis.

One is covered in chocolate, in this Chocolate Zucchini Bread that is my family mainstay…mostly because it has veggies in it, and in my book, that officially makes it good for you. And also because it is delicious. Plus zucchini…it is green so I give myself points for that one.

Second, to my great relief and also delayed response under pressure, my kids love my Homemade Potato-Fries. Or just Fries as we call them as we know they’re made with potato in this house.  I have tried sweet potato, but that led to distrust of all fries, so we are back to these baddies and to be honest, since they love them, we eat these a lot!

Now, I have two recipe versions of my Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries here for you.

My first version: It’s the grocery store packet, that shall not be named, but really any brand with the concept of “roasted potato” seasoning will do. Don’t food shame me, friends. This is my very real life and weeknight dinners call for speed! All I do is chop the potatoes:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle on the seasoning:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Mix it up and place on a sprayed, rimmed, sheet pan:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

And bake at 400º for 20-25 minutes. Done.

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Here’s the second version: It’s the  the same process, but it requires an actual recipe for the seasoning, which follows:

Homemade Potato Seasoning:

2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garic powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano

To make the Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries with either seasoning mix, follow this process:

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries #SundaySupper

Yield: serves 4-6

This is a great and healthy way to enjoy potatoes as fries and is super kid-friendly!

Ingredients

  • Four large russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. seasoning (packet or homemade)
  • For Homemade Seasoning, mix the following
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano

Instructions

  1. Slice the potatoes on the long side in the middle. One either side, slice into 3 slices. Divide in half and place flat side down on the cutting board. Slice 5 times the long way to get strips of potato.
  2. Drizzle the oil over the potatoes and stir using your hands to get them totally covered in oil.
  3. Use 2 heaping TBSP. of mix (either packaged or homemade) and sprinkle over the potatoes. Stir until all are coated with the seasoning.
  4. Pour potatoes onto a sprayed, rimmed sheet pan, and make sure they are in one layer without overlap.
  5. Bake at 400* for 12 minutes on the lowest rack. Remove and flip them over to brown the other side. Bake another 12-15 minutes until browned and potatoes are cooked through. Serve.
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Enjoy!

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries


Sunday Supper Kid Friendly Vegetable Recipes

Breakfast

Dinners

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For even more kid friendly vegetables check out these Vegetable Recipes for Picky Eaters by The Sunday Supper Movement

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Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce #SundaySupper

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballsMy new favorite appetizer. Yep. This one is a winner.

Tzatziki is a sauce made from yogurt, garlic, lemon, cucumber and spices. It can get changed up by leaving out the cucumber, like for my Cheese & Sprout samis- yum! Or you can add lots of lemon and use it for a salad dressing. This version is a basic one that you can work with as a dip and go from there- I am a huge fan of Tzatziki sauce in all variations, so finding some way to have it as an appetizer just makes sense.Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

Gyros are such an awesome sandwich that converts well to an appetizer. The chicken just makes the traditional gyro that much healthier, and I prefer the taste. Adding in feta keeps them soft and adds a lot of flavor. I hope you try this- I know it’s a repeater in my house!

Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. fresh mint, minced
1 tsp. dried dill
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed (or minced)
1 small container full or 2% plain greek yogurt (8oz)
1/2 of a small cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced

Directions: Mix all in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. fresh mint, minced
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
2 ounces crumbled feta
2 Tbsp. minced onion
1 lb. of ground chicken

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet.
  • In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients first. Add the egg, feta, onion and chicken and mix thoroughly until combined. Form into tiny meatballs, 1-inch apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake in a 350* oven for 18-20 minutes until cooked through. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat before serving. Serve with fresh tomatoes and cucumber and the Tzatziki sauce on the side.

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

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Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs