Staring at the Cupboard
We’ve all been there: standing in the kitchen with random ingredients that you need to somehow whip into a suitable dinner. You have pieces of a meal, but nothing that screams at you as a complete meal. Or you have some fresh ingredients that will go bad if you don’t incorporate them somehow.
I was in this exact predicament a few weeks ago. I had some broccoli and cauliflower rice that was about to go bad, a pound of ground beef, and some other random ingredients. Immediately when I hear rice and ground beef my mind goes to Mexican. I searched my cabinets high and low for that last packet of taco seasoning. No luck. Pinterest to the rescue! I used a recipe from Whole New Mom to make some taco seasoning. I browned the beef and added the seasoning. Then I diced up an onion, cracked open a can of black beans, and a can of corn, tossed in the broccoli and cauliflower rice into the same pan as the beef and let the flavors combine and simmer together.
Our Kids and Tacos
Now, there is one thing you should know about my kids before I make this next statement: my kids LOVE anything you call a “taco.” Peanut butter taco, turkey taco, cheese taco, you name it-call it a taco, they will eat it! So, when I tell you that my kids DEVOURED these tacos, I’m not lying. But when Adelaide proclaimed that “this is the best dinner ever,” I felt pretty accomplished with my creation. So accomplished, I wanted to share the recipe with you all.
Taco Seasoning Ingredient Breakdown
1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1/2 Tsp Oregano
1 Tsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Cumin
2 1/2 Tsp Salt
2 Tsp Pepper
Approximately 2 Cups of Broccoli and Cauliflower Rice
2 Tbsp of the Taco Seasoning (Mixture Above)
1 Can of Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed
1 Pound of Ground Beef
1 Can of Corn, Drained
1 Onion, Diced
Serve on a tortilla, or over a salad, or straight from your spoon (no judgements here)
We served it with sour cream, cheese, and salsa.
Loving Tacos is Never Wrong
The real beauty of this meal is that you can adjust it based on your tastes, cupboard staples, about to spoil produce, whatever. That’s why I am calling this “Kitchen Sink Taco Stuff.” AND this one pound of ground beef was stretched to feed our family of four 2 meals and it is stuffed full of veggies!!! That is an all-around win.
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Independence Day and Its Meaning
As we reach and move beyond another 4th of July, it’s important for us to wish for something else – teaching our kids to be kind and accepting to all people.