The weather is cooling down, kids are back in school, and dinner is always a big rush. Sound familiar? Looking for a crowd pleasure that takes 20 minutes? The answer is Taco Bowls! Adding a few more ingredients makes a hearty and healthy meal with the great taco taste everyone loves. AND adds a lot of nutrition. A few make-ahead ingredients, like cooked rice and salsa, can cut cooking time in half. No need to make separate dishes to go with your tacos, everything goes in ONE delicious BOWL!
A little planning ahead:
Check your local Harvest Home Farmers’ Market for the best-in-season fresh additions: Corn, tomatoes, cilantro, peppers, onions, greens…. So much to choose from!
Cook brown rice the day before. Cooking rice takes the longest time, but can be done beforehand. Brown rice has fewer calories and more fiber than white rice. Better for your weight and your digestion!
Check your leftovers for any veggies that would be tasty to add.
Make your favorite taco recipe or try suggestion below. You can even make your own taco shell bowls! (See below) No time? Just add tortilla chips around the sides of your bowl. If you are feeling creative, here some ways to make your own taco shells and avoid processed oils: TACO BOWLS
Whatever you decide to make, how ever much time you have, these taco dishes are a fast easy way to get a meal you love with the the nutrition you want and need.
Buen Apetito! ENJOY!
RECIPES: Taco Bowls with a Twist
Turn Tacos into meals by adding fresh veggies
1 cup cooked brown rice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds ground turkey*
2 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning or make your own (See right)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups corn from the cob (raw or cooked)
3 tomatoes, diced
*Lean Beef works well too!
Heat olive oil in large pan. Add ground turkey & cook until browned (3-5 minutes), crumbling the meat as you cook. Stir in taco seasoning. Drain off extra fat.
Divide rice into bowls. Top with ground turkey mixture
Add black beans, corn & tomatoes
Add more: avocado, sliced cucumbers, chopped greens, grated cheese. Whatever fresh veggies you like.
TIPS: Have some Fun!
Make your own Taco Bowls:
Preheat oven to 350°
In a skillet, heat about a teaspoon of oil. Warm a tortilla on both sides.
Place a flat bottom bowl on a cookie sheet. Put the warm tortilla on the top and crimp around the bowl to shape it.
Wrap the whole thing in foil tightly so the tortilla holds its shape. Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes so it’s really crispy
See step by step with pictures: Homemade Taco Bowl
TACO SEASONING:* Mix together & store in an airtight container
1 Tablespoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, dried oregano
½ teaspoon paprika
1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
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