That said, I have no issues with how others get their kids to eat. Every child is different and I do not pretend to have all the answers. And, I guarantee you that my son does not pick the healthiest option in the school lunch offerings. So, when the opportunity came to pack delicious, healthy ingredients into a school meal, I jumped.
Our public school system is looking to expand their lunch menu to include foods from other cultures and have asked for submissions. Keja and I are always up for a challenge so did a little brainstorming and came up with something tasty, packed full of veggies and protein, and named something that we hope will sound yummy enough to make it onto the lunch tray: Tacos in a Bowl. My kids were the taste testers and it passed with flying colors.
Tacos in a Bowl
1 large onion, ~ 1 1/2 cups, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 TBSP olive oil
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
1 teas. salt
1/2 teas. ground black pepper
1/2 teas. Mexican oregano
1/2 teas. cumin
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 small or 1/2 large green pepper, chopped, ~ 1 cup
1 1/2 cups canned pinto beans, drained
2 cups Romaine or other crunchy lettuce, chopped
1/2 lb. corn tortilla chips
sour cream or plain yogurt
Heat a medium-sized frying pan over medium heat for 3 or 4 minutes. Add oil and onion and garlic and sauté for ~ 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add ground beef and cook until browned, ~ 10-15 minutes, stirring a few times in order to break meat up into small pieces. When cooked through, add salt, pepper, oregano, and cumin, stir in well, and take off heat.
In a large bowl, add meat mixture, tomatoes, green pepper, beans, lettuce, and chips. Using tongs, stir well, gently breaking up any chips that don't break on their own as you stir.
Serve with any or all of the optional toppings (we recommend everything!).