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Raise your hand if you were at Target on Saturday, listening to your 2-year-old shouting “Tacooooooooos!” through the store.
Because I definitely was. And I was so proud.
I’m positive she didn’t know what a taco was, but I think when I mentioned that we needed to go home and eat some tacos, she just knew it was going to be a good thing.
Of course she refused to eat it once we got home, but that’s to be expected from my kid.
Regardless of her lack of taco culture, it was delicious. And it has been way too long since I’ve shared food here. So I’m going to make it up to you and share with you some of the tasty recipes we’ve been cooking up lately. The prep in these recipes mostly involves chopping vegetables and not a lot of active standing over the stove time. Perfect for busy moms!
First of all, these Crispy Baked Black Bean & Sweet Potato Tacos from She Likes Food this weekend were simple and amazing. They were more like quesadillas than tacos, but it wasn’t messy like tacos, so I’m good. I used my InstantPot to steam the sweet potato for the puree and it turned out awesome. The skin came off so easily and I’ve been feeding the leftovers to my baby and putting them on my egg sandwiches in the morning (yeah that’s delish). Also, I highly recommend getting an InstantPot, it has been fantastic so far. I’ve only had one meal not turn out and it was on the slow cooker setting, so not sure what went wrong there. But, even with that, this little tool has made it so I don’t have to stand over the stove and can play with my kids instead.
Lemon Broccoli Pasta from The Food Charlatan–Mmmmm. This is the only way I can get my kid to eat broccoli. She won’t eat the actual pieces, but since the broccoli cooks and get tossed with the pasta, there’s bitty broccoli pieces everywhere. Lemony pasta is delicious, so we’re all happy. Tip: I use grated parmesan and save a cup of the boiling water when you drain it. After you add the parm, start adding some of the boiling water to the pan and the starches in the water make it thicken up with the parm into more of a sauce. It’s good both ways, but we are a saucy family.
Cabbage, Sausage and Potato Soup from Gimme Some Oven. I had never had cabbage soup before, but now I’m a believer and have made this 3 times recently! This is soo good. I use turkey kielbasa and onions instead of leeks. I still don’t really understand those. Serve with some nice crusty bread and a light salad. Yum. This would be a great freezer meal to keep on hand and was really easy to double.
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili Mac from Kristine’s Kitchen. Another one that everyone ate happily. This has lots of good flavor, vegetables, beans and cheese–what’s not to like? It made tasty leftovers too! I didn’t have any kidney beans, so I subbed black beans and it was just as good.
Springtime Vegetarian Minestrone from Whole and Heavenly Oven. This is one of our most frequently made Pinterest finds, I have easily made it over 10 times. This is delicious, quick, and easily adjusts to whatever vegetables you have on hand. Want meat? Add it in! We have added turkey kielbasa, and I bet it would be good with some cooked ground turkey too.
Individual German Pancakes from LatterDayMommy. This is a basic German pancake (aka Dutch Babies) recipe, but cooked in muffin tins so they come out individual sized. My two-year old devoured these. And so do the adults. You can eat these topped with powdered sugar and maple syrup, make them savory with a little cheese and bacon pieces, or do sweet and add some Greek yogurt and fruit on top. They’re supposed to be freezable, but they don’t last that long for us.
So go make your grocery list and add a few of these to your plan! What are your favorite easy meals?