Need dinner on the table in 10 minutes?
Confession: I almost didn’t post this recipe! At first I thought it was just too simple…hardly a recipe at all, really. But then I realized that because I am all about simple recipes, and because my family legitimately eats this meal every single week, it was something I wanted to share.
The key to this being a quick meal is having the chicken already cooked. Here’s how I make mine. I make a batch about every other weekend and freeze it into the portions I need for one meal. Then when I’m planning to make tacos, I’ll defrost one of the containers (ideally in the fridge overnight but often in the microwave if I forget) and the rest is just a matter of slicing up a few veggies and heating the tortillas.
Because we eat tacos so often, I bought a dedicated container for serving the fixings. The benefits are threefold:
1. If I have time/remember, I’ll chop these the night before and snap on the lid until serving time.
2. I can just plop this whole container on the table come dinnertime and let my diners serve themselves (okay, my husband serves himself. I still help out the toddler.)
3. If we have leftover toppings, I’ll pop the lid back on and throw the leftovers in something like scrambled eggs next time I make them.
Here’s a similar option from Amazon.com (affiliate link). As for the toppings, my personal go-tos are cilantro, sliced onion and sliced tomatoes with sour cream and hot sauce on the side. But we switch it up depending on what I have on hand and what’s in season.How to offer a toddler a taco? Find out from The Baby Steps RD #magictacoglue Click To Tweet
Now, how to offer a toddler a taco, you ask? I recently received a comment on my Facebook page asking if I knew about any magical taco glue that would prevent a toddler’s taco from falling apart (and the subsequent meltdown from ensuing…) We’d generally been offering our daughter “deconstructed” tacos to avoid this issue. But I recently tried preparing a taco that was mostly sour cream and chicken with a few tiny bits of the other toppings and it worked pretty well! The sour cream served as the taco glue, although what she ate was really a lot more like a quesadilla.
And honestly, she took a few bites and then went back to devouring her plate of cherry tomatoes… Still, since I’m not giving up tacos any time soon, I took it as a positive sign.
Are tacos a go-to in your house? How does your child like to eat them? Please share your tips!
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