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Toddler-Friendly Tacos

May 7, 2013

In the “I never thought they’d eat that” category, I’ve made tacos twice, and they like them pretty well.  The first time we tried it, I put the taco filling in bowls, and they ate it happily (Theresa especially loves the “odd-o-cado”).  Tonight we tried to eat as a family, and Jamie and Audrey would not be deterred after seeing our taco shells.

Two shells were broken anyway, so we gave small pieces to each kid.  They probably would have made a meal of just that, but they ate enough of the other goodness.  The taco shells were dubbed:  “eggshells,” “paco shells,” “cah-toe shells,” and “crunchy bread.”

Toddler-Friendly Tacos (good for grown-ups too)

  • 1 package taco shells

Filling 1:

Adapted from Cooking Light

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. dry sherry or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. tempeh, diced
  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a medium-large skillet.  Add onion, oregano, and garlic; saute about 8 minutes, stirring frequently.  Stir in rest of ingredients and bring to a boil; cook until liquid mostly evaporates (you could also add some reserved bean liquid if you want it more liquidy).

Filling 2:

Adapted from Epicurious

  • 1 15-oz can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  1. In one bowl, mix beans and cumin.
  2. Saute onion over medium heat until done (6-8 min.).  Add onion to beans.
  3. Saute broccoli slaw over medium heat until done (4-6 min.).  Omit this step if your eaters like crunchier textures.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix oil and lime juice together.  Add slaw and parsley, stir well.  Add beans to slaw mixture.

Toppings:

  • shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • chopped avocado
  • chopped tomato (optional)

Especially tasty on a warm summery night, eaten after playing in water.

Hatted, sunscreened, and sandaled (or, in Audrey's case, booted--she put on her rain boots all by herself).

Hatted, sunscreened, and sandaled (or, in Audrey’s case, booted–she put on her rain boots all by herself).

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Neal & BJ permalink
    May 8, 2013 5:48 am

    I don’t know how it’s possible, but they just get cuter and cuter! These “eggshells” sound delicious! Keep having fun! Love to all! Neal and BJ

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