Whether we're rushing out to dance classes, piano lessons or basketball practices, we want to make sure that our children are getting the nutrients they need every day. But preparing healthy, delicious meals on a busy weeknight can be difficult. Sometimes, it's near impossible!
In my house, our favorite quick, healthy and easy meal is tacos with all the fixings. We generally serve them on Tuesdays, and label the dinner "Taco Tuesdays." The kids enjoy the meal and they look forward to celebrating Taco Tuesdays.
The other great thing about tacos is their flexibility. Your picky eaters will enjoy deciding what they want from a buffet of selections.
We put our selections right on the table: soft tacos, hard tacos, cooked rice if we have some handy, canned refried beans (heated quickly in a pot), store-bought guacamole, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese (or vegan cheese) and sometimes a selection of quickly sautéed veggies like peppers, onions and mushrooms. Other options include sour cream (or vegan sour cream) and salsa.
This is a great healthy meal for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. If you have some of each in your family, they can all be satisfied quickly by putting together their own individualized tacos. In my family, we are all vegetarians. Often, in addition to refried beans, we fill our tacos with soy-based veggie crumbles. Meat-eaters could certainly choose to add cooked ground beef sautéed with a little bit of taco seasoning.
Taco Tuesdays have been a life saver for us. Give it a try. With dinner on the table in minutes, you might even find you have time to squeeze in a quick homemade dessert...like Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Hurry, my 10-year-old son's favorite (fast!) cookie recipe.
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