Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Taco Salad

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There will undoubtedly be a time in your life when a miracle will occur. Maybe some random act of healing will come when you need it most; maybe it will consist of a stranger helping you in a time of need, or a financial burden lifted when it gets down to the wire.

Or maybe it will be your husband offering to make dinner. If, and only if, there is publicity involved (such as being featured on a blog). I believe this is a fair trade.

I know men can cook. While I realize that this sounds like a pretty general (and sometimes offensive) statement, I've learned that many men have convinced themselves otherwise; that cooking isn't something that they were "gifted" with.

Please. Tim can tell you that I wasn't born with any culinary spoon in my mouth.

If you are a man and happen to be reading this, you might be thinking, "This is offensive. I help with the cooking, and I do a fine job at it." Congratulations. You are not the demographic I am trying to reach with this particular segment. I'm trying to reach men who see boxed macaroni as a challenge. Like my husband, God bless him.

I first came up with the idea for "Men in the Kitchen" about a year ago, but in the midst of work, ministry, moving and then new work and new ministry, it fell on the back burner. But now, it's back. I can't promise this will be the most regular segment ever, but I will post as much as possible. These will be easy, inexpensive, quick recipes that the otherwise "helpless" husband can tackle. Let's start with taco salad.

Ingredients:
  • Romaine lettuce
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • Mexican cheese, shredded
  • Tortillas
  • Toppings
    • Sour cream
    • Guacamole
    • Salsa
    • Black/pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
    • Black olives
    • Pico de gallo
    • Spanish rice
      • Since we're trying to start off slow, just grab the microwaveable kind
    • Queso
    • Cilantro
Directions:
  • Cook the ground beef on the stove. Drain and add taco seasoning. Mix well.
  • Cut lettuce into small, manageable pieces.
  • Arrange lettuce on a large plate. Top with ground beef, cheese, and other toppings.
  • Warm tortillas in the microwave or the oven. Roll up and serve with taco salad.
On this particular evening, I walked in the door at 5:50 pm. I was eating at 6:05 pm. Like they always say, "Food always tastes better when you're not the one making it."

Love and my husband, the hero,
Rachael

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