Moments, Memories, and Simple Meals – Recipe: Crispy Beef Tacos

I am in denial.  School starts in just over 2 weeks, and I am not ready.  I love having my children at home with me.  I typically cry in the weeks leading up to school starting because I do not want the summer to end.  It is a huge adjustment for me.  But, they go to a great school with great teachers, and I am also crying in the weeks leading up to school ending because I have always loved their teachers.  Teachers hold a special place in my heart because they have my babies for 7 hours per day.  That is huge!  Having my children in school is definitely not something that I take lightly.  If it were not for our amazing school and the spectacular staff, I am not sure that I could do it.  But, I do, and, so far, it has always been a great experience for my children.  They make friends and create memories that will last a life-time.  And, that is a big part of life – learning, growing, and making memories.

For us, that is one of the great things about the summer.  We do not always do the big things.  We just try to do the little things that add up to the big things – lemonade stands, homemade popsicles, swimming, playing catch, watching movies, baking cookies, family gatherings.  I told someone once, “If you give a mom a moment, it is all about how she chooses to remember that moment, to create it into a memory.”  And, that is what I always try to do – to always create all of our summer moments into memories that my children will always cherish.

When we received Ethan’s food sensitivity study results, I honestly had to wrap my brain around how we could add new food and planning into our schedule.  It has been my goal for awhile now to make sure that I am more efficient so that I can get the little things done in less time so that I will not be rushing when it comes to the big, important things in my life – my children, my husband, my family.  I want to be fully present for all of those moments when we are creating memories, so present that even if I do not have a camera to capture the moment that it does not matter because the memory is a permanent picture/movie in my brain.  So, when I started menu planning and discovering things that we could add to our menu, I started realizing that some of the things that we can eat are still the simple, classic meals that my family loves.  Tacos are one of those meals – simple, fun, and good.

I know that this is so easy that anyone could put it together in 10 minutes, just as I do.  But, if you are struggling with a gluten and dairy free menu, I want to give a glimpse into how we still incorporate food, family, and fun.

Crispy Beef Tacos

Crispy Beef Tacos

I like to create a taco bar with all of our favorite toppings and allow everyone to choose whatever they want in their taco shells. It is an easy meal that can seriously be put together in 15 minutes.

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef

Taco seasoning - read the package carefully or create your own with paprika, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, salt

Beans - refried, black, or whatever you like best

Cheese - we use goat cheddar cheese

Plain goat yogurt - or you can use sour cream if food sensitivities are not a concern

Lettuce

Tomatoes

Salsa

Taco shells

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef and drain the grease.
  2. Sprinkle on the taco seasoning or your own spices, and add 3/4 cup water.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 325.
  5. Place the taco shells on a baking sheet, and bake for 5-7 minutes.
  6. Set out all of the toppings and serve.
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Yes, I do realize that it is simple, but it is the simple that we often forget about when we are so busy that our heads are spinning.  Slowing down, taking it all in, and enjoying the moments is what life is all about.

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