Posts Tagged ‘Taco’

I Know I Can Do This Better…

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Daily I snap photos of my lunches and post them on Instagram, most of the time I blog with them as well but not always. You can find a link to my Instagram account over there in the side bar (follow me)! If you want to see more lunches check me out over there.

So Thursday I made taco pie, a family favorite and it always leaves enough leftovers for grownup lunches the next day! Yay! Now I am always happy to share my recipes and somebody did ask me for the taco pie recipe after seeing it on Instagram- you know who you are :) ! So here I am to oblige but first a confession. I did not actually “make” very much abut that taco pie. The crust was pre-made, the taco seasoning from a packet and the cheese was purchased already shredded so it was sort of a “cheat” dinner. A busy mom’s delight. This is something that is relatively easy for me to get to the table.

You know what ? I know I can do this better. So for starters I am going to eliminate the packaged taco seasoning mix and make my own! I did a bunch of research on what goes into taco seasoning and it turns out I had most of the ingredients already in my cabinet and none of them have words I can’t pronounce in it. Imagine that! So after viewing 5 or 6 suggested recipes I decided on one I liked and tweaked it a bit. Normally I would always credit my inspiration but I am going to be honest with you. All the recipes I viewed appeared pretty similar and whose to say who the original creator was. I tell you what, it is was probably done a very very long time ago before blogs.

The picture at the top of the post illustrates my efforts and here are the ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper (or more based on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (to act as a thickener)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed oregano

I threw everything in the food processor for a few seconds and bingo, done! I’ve stored it in an air tight container until ready for use. The whole process start to finish was less then 5 minutes. Easy peasy! Now don’t you feel bad for using a packet? I know I do.

To assemble your taco pie:

  • In a pie pan (I used a glass one) press in one can of refrigerated crescent dough (ok that is still a cheat but you COULD make your own)
  • Next break up a few handfuls of tortilla chips until the bottom of the pie is covered (I used sweet potato tortilla chips)
  • Then layer in your taco beef (1 pound ground beef cooked (and drained) with diced onion & taco seasoning)
  • Finally cover the top of the pie with a thick coating of shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Pop the pie in a 375 degree over for about 15-18 minutes (until bottom looks cooked/browned)
  • Serve with the usual taco fixings

Here is the pie making an appearance in my grownup lunches (Easylunchboxes container) on Friday:

  • Taco Pie (one slice)
  • Salsa & sourcream in mini dipper container
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Heart shaped energy bar (homemade)

I hope you give it a try! I’ll let you know how we like when I make it next time with my homemade taco seasoning!



The Sandwich and Beyond…

Monday, August 27th, 2012

I think it is pretty common to pack a sandwich in a school lunch bag, right? Most school age children have no way to heat up their lunch so the sandwich is the ultimate cold lunch fare. The problem is the sandwich quickly turns into blah… ham, bologna or the staple PB&J are as boring as it gets. It’s hard to think beyond that and we all believe that is the only thing our kids will eat.

So let’s brain storm. How can we change that and make it less blah?

We could change up the fillers:

  • Egg Salad, Tuna Salad or chicken salad
  • Nutella (or other nut butters) with sliced Banana or strawberries
  • Cream Cheese with Jams or sliced fruit
  • Sliced BBQ chicken with greens
  • Add fruit to cold cuts i.e. ham with pineapple or apple slices, turkey with cranberry sauce, grapes or preserves
  • Veggie only combinations like tomato mozzarella, portabella mushroom, bean salads, avocado, tomato with peaches and sprouts or a Rainbow wrap
  • Mix up the spreads by using Salsa, hummus, soft spreadable cheeses, dips and dressings


We could change up the breads:

  • Croissants
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Wraps
  • Rolls & Buns (bulky rolls, dinner rolls, hot dog rolls etc)
  • Waffles or pancakes
  • Bagels or English Muffins
  • Focacia
  • Pockets


We could change up the appearance beyond the bread:


Or we could move beyond the sandwich:

Still looking for more ideas or want to see more graphics for these? Head over to my Pinterest board and follow along! I have just scratched the surface and there are lots more great examples out there!

Let’s do this!



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So what is my family eating today?

Toddler Lunch of the Day:
Nutella heart shaped sandwich, Pirate Booty, Tomato Cucumber and cheese salad and frozen blueberry Greek yogurt which should thaw out before lunch!

Grown Up Lunch of the Day:
Fish taco with lettuce, tomato and lime sour cream sauce, and also stuffed mushroom, strawberry and green bean and carrot chips.


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