I got home from work this evening and was so tired when I realized I hadn't made a plan for what to fix for dinner. I usually do a better job with meal planning since we rarely eat out, but after a super busy weekend of home projects, I was simply exhausted. As I stood in my kitchen looking inside the refrigerator with no ideas for dinner, I shouted across the house asking the kids what they wanted to eat.
"It's Taco Tuesday, Mom," said Nathan. And with that, the menu was set. Fortunately, I had everything needed to prepare tacos for dinner. The whole family loves tacos and it is quick and easy to prepare--and a breeze to make gluten free.
Within minutes of Nathan's Taco Tuesday declaration, everyone was in the kitchen to help get dinner ready. Lauren was slicing tomatoes, Nathan was grating cheese, and Thomas was browning the ground beef that we bought at our local farmers' market this weekend from DeSoto Meat Company. I love it when we can all work together and share about our day as a family.
Ingredients we keep on hand for Taco Tuesday
Taco Shells (Make sure crunchy shells or corn tortillas are labeled gluten free.)
Ground beef (Grass fed beef is lean and is always better)
Taco Seasoning (Be careful--seasonings aren't always safe. I use McCormick's Gluten Free Taco Seasoning, but I can only find it at Walmart.)
Cheese (We shred our own. Pre-shredded cheese isn't always gluten free.)
Pancho's White Cheese Dip (Pancho's is a regional brand in the mid-south and is labeled gluten free. There's nothing else that tastes as good as Pancho's Cheese Dip, but if you do shop for another cheese dip, carefully read the label. Many dips and salsas are not gluten free.)
Tortilla Chips (Most brands are gluten free)
Sparkling Lemonade from Aldi (It is awesome!!)
Paper plates (I was too tired to cook and definitely too tired to wash dishes!)
Taco Tuesday is well known in our household, as is Taco Thursday and Wait-We Missed Taco Tuesday So We're Having Taco Wednesday. The kids love being able to help "cook" dinner and I appreciate the help. We used to eat at our local Mexican restaurant all the time, but since we can no longer eat anything containing gluten, the risk of cross contamination is just too great. The chips are cooked in the same fryer with everything else. The kids say if we can't have chips and queso there's no point in going. Nathan and I know what it is like to be "glutened" so we are content eating tacos at home. We save a lot of money that way, too!
What is your favorite "go-to" gluten free meal? Please comment to give us all some fresh ideas!
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