I don't know about the rest of you, but at my house, menu planning is a challenge. (If I could have music playing in the background it would sound something like birds chirping along with a whimsical instrumental), Back in the day, I'm talking a few years ago when my kids were younger, I could plan a two-week menu, take my list to the store and produce glorious, healthy meals for my adoring family, (and now the record scratches to a halt). These days, my three darlings and my husband all have an opinion about what is served at the dinner table, or in all actuality the kitchen "bar". It is a real challenge to please all four palates and be satisfied with the nutritional balance of the meal, all while keeping it frugal.
It's time to sit down, write out my menu and my shopping list and when I ask for suggestions the only request I get is (drum roll...) TACOS! Out of frustration I pipe up with " You guys can't seriously want tacos every night of the week!!" and my son answers with " Yes, we can! My dear hubby says, "you are the only one that would have a problem with this".
So I think to myself, tacos are a well-balanced meal, there are a million variations to tacos, it just doesn't end with seasoned ground beef slapped in a shell or tortilla. They are quick and easy, dirty very few dishes and can basically be prepared in one pan and inexpensive. They might be on to something.
"Okay! Your wish is granted", I reply. "I will serve tacos every night for the next two weeks and in return I do not want any complaints".
Middle daughter has a huge grin on her face and says " What is there to complain about, anything in a tortilla is good".
So, as I sit here sharing this taco experience, and or experiment, I am thinking of all of the ways I can serve tacos or basically anything that can go in a tortilla Here is what I have come up with.
- Chicken tacos
- Traditional ground beef tacos
- Fish tacos
- Veggie tacos ( more like fajitas)
- Ground turkey tacos with added rice and beans
- Shrimp tacos
- Breakfast Burritos ( close enough to a taco)
- Pork Carnitas
- Shredded beef tacos ( made in a slow cooker)
- Rice and beans in taco fashion
- Carne Asada
- Do quesadillas count?
Well I am short two taco ideas, so if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear from you, otherwise they will just get a repeat of one listed above. Here is a great Homemade Tortilla Recipe from Clockwork Lemon.
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