Friday, January 7, 2011

Easy taco salad and sauteed spinach

This is one of J and S's favorite suppers. Unfortunately, it is neither especially cheap nor healthy. I suppose it's healthier and cheaper than food we'd buy at a restaurant ...

I tried to healthy-up my supper. I microwaved a baked potato and sauteed spinach to eat along with the taco salad. And ate it on a monkey plate. The rest of the family did not want to join me in healthying-up their meal :)

Taco salad:
  • Brown 1-2 pounds of beef in a skillet. Add taco seasoning with water as directed. One of these months we will perfect our own taco seasoning
  •  Crunch mission chips onto a plate. Top with beef
  • Add tomatoes, black olives, canned diced chilies, diced onions, diced tomatoes, diced green pepper
  • Top with sour cream, cheddar/taco cheese, salsa

A child's hand reaching for the black olives.

Any ideas how to make the taco salad healthier? Cheaper?

For the spinach, I sauteed onions in tarragon vinegar. Added defrosted frozen spinach (catch that?). Sautee until cooked through. I'm trying to up my calcium intake and I think that regular spinach will help.


  1. Try lean ground turkey or chicken in place of the beef.

  2. I'm afraid the family will complain loudly that I messed with their favorite meal. I suppose I could try one time to see if they notice ...

  3. Or even half beef-half turkey.

    I see your kids like the olives, too!

  4. Kate, they do like the black olives :) That was the only vegetable of that meal that they ate. Er ... fruit.

    That is great idea about the half beef/half turkey. Then, I could make a half beef/half turkey meatloaf with the remaining meat!

    Thanks for the comment.