If you have been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that providing healthy meals for my family, as well as getting kids involved in the kitchen, are both incredibly important to me. That’s why I’m so excited about the topic for this post, as well as my upcoming Madison Eagle Newspaper column!
My friend and neighbor, Jan Richter, recently told me about a project that she has been working on with the Madison Boys and Girls Club’s Cooking Club. On Thursday, April 18, the Club will host the First Annual Healthy Cooking Showcase, in order to share free food samples, recipes, and information about healthy and easy home cooking. Sponsored by a grant from GenerationOn, this event will bring attention to child hunger in America and will showcase a community solution.
Jan was kind enough to share a couple of the Cooking Club’s favorite recipes, including this Healthier Taco Salad. I know that you (and your kids) will love these recipes too!
If you’re a Madison local, please come out to the War Memorial Building on April 18 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. to support this wonderful cause. I will be there with my little ones in tow! For more information and to RSVP, contact Jan Richter at (540) 738-3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for the rest of you, stay tuned! I will be sharing the Club’s other delicious recipe soon!
Healthier Taco Salad
Yield 4 -6
Why is this a healthy version? The cabbage is a lot more nutritious than iceberg lettuce, and the kids couldn’t taste the difference. Light sour cream has fewer calories than regular sour cream. Avocados are very healthy – encourage the kids to add at least a few chunks to their mix. Refried beans are very healthy, and when mixed in with the meat the kids couldn’t taste that they were eating beans! If you encourage the kids to go easy on the sour cream and the cheeses, you have a healthy, easy, delicious meal! Recipe courtesy of the Madison Boys and Girls Club Cooking Club (Madison, Virginia)
- 1.5 lb. ground turkey or ground beef
- 1 can refried beans
- 1 medium onion
- 1 package taco seasonings (check the label for one with spices, not a lot of sugar)
- 1 T. cumin (optional)
- 1 package shredded Mexican cheeses
- 2 packages shredded green cabbage
- 1 lb. light sour cream
- 1 or 2 avocados
- Tortilla chips
- Chop and sauté the onion in a big frying pan. Add the ground meat and stir until there is no pink left. Add the taco seasoning (don’t use the whole package if you don’t want to) and the cumin to the meat and stir. Add refried beans and stir so they are mixed up with the meat.
- Peel and cut avocados into small chunks and put on a plate, Put the cabbage and cheese on separate plates. Open the sour cream and put it with the cabbage and cheeses. Put the chips in a big bowl as well.
- Serve the meat mixture on each plate and each person can help themselves to the toppings – avocado, cabbage, cheeses, sour cream and chips.
Looking for other kid-friendly dinner options? Try these favorites: