Thursday, August 4, 2011

Crammed to the Brim Tacos... A Kid-Friendly Meal Part 2

It was a rainy day, and we were running out of activities to do with my niece and nephew (age 3 and 5 respectively).  You can only spend so many hours building with Legos or playing with a baby doll.  So we got everyone (everyone being: the two kids, Vovo and Grandpy Joe, the two dogs, and myself) together to create Crammed to the Brim Tacos for a Kid-Friendly Meal, Part 2.

Again, this isn't a super gourmet meal.  However, kids love to be involved in preparing the foods.  And note to adults: After the grocery shopping, preparing, eating, and discussing it's a time-consuming activity on a rainy afternoon!


 (It's important to have lots of ingredients, so everyone is able to participate, including lots of veggies!)

  • Taco Shells
  • 1 pound of Ground Turkey (97% FF)
  • Salsa
  • Hot Sauce (strangely enough my 5 year old nephew LOVES hot sauce!)
  • 1 can of Black Beans
  • Sliced Olives
  • Spinach
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese

1) As with the Part 1 meal, have all ingredients prepared before you call the kids to help!  I used separate bowls to hold each ingredient.

Hands washed, chairs in place, ready to go!

2)  Empty each of the ingredients (except the turkey and shells) into separate bowls.  Remember to make it equal for each kid!

Now the dogs are a vital part to creating this meal.  When you cook with kids, one must realize that it is very common for the food to miss the bowl and fall on the floor.  This is where the dogs come into play, and they love it.  As shown here, one of the dogs was after the fallen carrots!

We love cheese!
The Beans

Wow that's a big handful of spinach!
More Cheese...

3)  Meanwhile cook the ground turkey on medium heat (obviously this is an adult step).  Add in a packet of taco seasoning and a can of mushrooms.  Cook through.

4)  Line the taco shells on a pan and back at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes.

Blue Steel in-training??

5)  Neatly place the bowls on the table.  Create the tacos crammed to the brim to your own desires!

Lots of black beans...

Picking at the cheese while waiting...


Phew, I'm pooped from all that hard work!

Sidenote:  The reason this took 3 adults to make: Vovo was cooking the meat, I was helping with the kids part, Grandpy Joe was taking the pictures...

~Eat Well and Be Happy~


1 comment:

  1. I love the last picture of your niece cuddling with the puppy! Super cute!