It always pays to have a plan. My goal? Make sure the kids eat vegetables intentionally or not, and bribe my son's friend who is staying with us through food. So I set my plan in motion weeks ago asking for a list of his faves. I got back a string of ingredients and a nod toward junk food. Ingredient suggestions in hand I planned the menu for the week. I don't always make a menu, but when I do, food production feels less like a chore. (Admittedly grocery shopping Sunday night wasn't all that…except for the company 🙂
Tonight – crowd pleasing soft tacos! I can't tell you exactly what was said, enough to say there were no leftovers.
Mea culpa. I bought a taco seasoning pouch. Confession. I was too paranoid to use it. Two ingredients I didn't recognize and we were already fighting a potential allergy in the house.
As an alternative, I offer this super simple any night of the week supper.
1 1/4 lbs lean ground beef, or turkey
1/2 large onion chopped
1 teaspoon Veg oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon cornmeal
10 oz. can tomatoes with chiles, mild
Soften chopped onion in oil in large skillet. Salt & pepper. Add ground beef, cooking the pink out of it and breaking up chunks. Season with chili powder, cumin, cayenne. Stir 1-2 minutes. Add cornmeal and mix. Add tomatoes & chiles. Cook 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
The fixins: shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, pickled jalapeños, whole whet tortillas (cover stack with damp paper towel and zap 30-45 seconds in microwave)
Make it your own with your best toppings – guacamole? Sour cream?
Enjoy – B