Now that I have kids of my own, I find myself more often wanting to recreate dishes nostalgic to my childhood. It feels like a rite of passage to cook these meals for them, following in my mother's footsteps by sharing the flavor combinations we experienced at the family dinner table. I have to admit, though, that I rarely follow my mom's recipes to the letter. The food system, health recommendations and my palate have all changed in the past several decades, so I tend to reach for slightly different ingredients.
Take this taco mac, for example. I used Annie's Homegrown mac and cheese, because it's made with certified organic ingredients (a short list and all items I can pronounce, too!). I ditched the seasoning packet for homemade taco seasoning — a mix of chili powder, cumin, dried oregano and paprika, as well as fresh onion and garlic in place of powders. I didn't hesitate to replace the more typical ground beef with ground turkey breast. We didn't miss the extra richness, as the real aged cheddar and vibrant homemade seasoning mix contribute plenty of punch.
Topped with sliced scallions, diced tomatoes and, if you like it hot, diced jalapeño, this taco mac recipe has all the flavors I enjoyed as a kid and a lineup of ingredients I feel great about feeding my family.
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