Dinner Tonight: Taco Tuesday

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tacosAround our house, Taco Tuesday is a tradition. We try to shake it up a little with different toppings, protein options and even different types of wraps. This has been a great way to introduce my kids to different types of greens that they would have otherwise never even tried. One week they will have shredded kale, another week spinach. I even managed arugula once.

Tacos can be a healthy and fun meal for the whole family. Getting the kids involved with the preparation as well as the assembly makes kids more likely to try new things.

Ground beef is not the only choice for protein. There are plenty of healthier choices, including fish (our favorite), beans (lentils, black beans, white kidney beans, pinto beans), and tofu.

Filling options are endless. This is where you can think outside of the box and really have fun. Avocados, tomatoes and shredded lettuce are common taco fillings, but why not try strawberries, caramelized onions, kumquats, pomegranate seeds and mango? And as I stated above, this is a great place to swap traditional lettuce for healthier green alternatives.

The wrap itself is also very important. Stay away from plain white flour tortillas and look for whole wheat or sprouted wheat. Our favorite wrap is the Food for Life’s taco size Sprouted Grain Tortillas. We heat them quickly in a pan and then add healthy, delicious fillings.

Tonight we are trying this recipe for a second time – Fish Tacos with Strawberry Salsa and Caramelized Onions. Although this recipe takes a little more preparation, the results are worth it. The combination of all the flavors is so unique and tasty that it is hard to eat just one. With strawberry season starting, this is a great opportunity to use this early summer fruit in a different way. Instead of using corn tortillas we use the sprouted whole grain for extra fiber.

Recipe courtesy of Alive Magazine.
Photo from here, with thanks.

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