Taco Salad

20130516-155103.jpgSalads are a huge staple in our home, especially when the weather gets warm. After working all day, I really don’t want to come home and start the oven – I’d rather spend my time playing around with Little Bug. So, a quick and easy salads like this one, can come together in no time.  You can even cook the meat ahead of time so you just have to reheat and assemble, which cuts your dinner prep time in half.

Yes, we use a pound of meat for our small family for this meal.  Actually I always cook this in a double batch and we have it for two dinners during the week and then we have a bit of extra taco meat to go with our eggs in the morning (I don’t think I can ever get enough of taco meat). Also, I make my Homemade Taco Seasoning in larger batches so I always have some on hand. About 2 1/2-3 tbsp of the seasoning blend will season a pound of meat. You don’t really need any dressing on this, the sour cream plus the liquid from the beef is really enough to coat the lettuce and makes this extra yummy.

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Taco Salad
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Serves: 2-3
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef (I use 85/15, and preferably grass fed)
  • 1 med onion, diced
  • ½-3/4 cup water
  • 2.5-3 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 2-3 hearts of romaine lettuce
  • 1 container grape/cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Avocado, diced or guacamole
  • Fresh Cilantro (optional)
  • Cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Pumpkin seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat your pan and add the ground beef .
  2. Once the meat starts to get brown, add the onions and cook until all the meat is brown and the onions are translucent.
  3. While the meat and onions are cooking you can prep the rest of your ingredients.
  4. Clean tomatoes.
  5. Shred (slice horizontally) and rinse the lettuce, pat dry (or use a salad spinner).
  6. When the meat and onions are cooked, add the water and seasonings, mix and simmer for about 5 minutes. You want to have a bit of liquid left with meat to act as a dressing.
  7. Assemble your salad.
  8. Lettuce + Tomatoes + Taco Meat + Toppings of your choice (cheese, sour cream, avocado, guacamole, pumpkin seeds, etc)

 

20130516-155036.jpgSalad nights aren’t exactly toddler friendly, so for Little Bug, I do my version of a deconstructed taco salad. He will eat basically everything that’s in the salad (meat, cheese, tomatoes, avocados) but I replace the lettuce with something a little easier for him to eat – in this case, his favorite, broccoli. We’re currently working on getting him to use a fork more regularly, but he often opts to use his fingers instead. The meat is the only part of this meal that isn’t totally finger friendly, but when I’m browning the meat, I can keep it in bigger chunks instead of much smaller pieces.  This is a great toddler dinner. You can even slice the tomatoes in half for the younger toddlers.

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