Daily Dose- Tips for Taco Tuesday

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Tips for Taco Tuesday: My taco turned into taco salad, using ingredients I had at home

Tacos have their origin in Mexico. A tortilla is a type of flatbread, and a taco is simply a tortilla wrapped around a filling. Like a sandwich, the filling can be made with almost anything and prepared in many different ways. Here are some tips for Taco Tuesday!

Many restaurants feature specials for Taco Tuesday, but you can make tacos at home! The variations of tacos are endless! When you make your own tacos, you get to the control the ingredients.

 Be Mindful about MyPlate

To pack the most nutritional punch into your tacos, use MyPlate to design yours. Be mindful of the sodium and fat content of your food choices. Meats and cheeses will contribute to the fat content; they also contribute important vitamins and minerals. Cheese, canned beans, and prepared tortillas and chips will contribute to the sodium content. Read labels to select low-sodium varieties. You can include any ingredient, just consider the portion size. Fresh veggies add vitamins and minerals. They are naturally low in calories and sodium – they’re colorful too!

Make-Your-Own Taco Bar

If you set up a Make-Your-Own Taco Bar, you can satisfy everyone’s individual tastes.

Grain

  • Soft tortilla (flour or corn)
  • Taco shells
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cooked rice

 Vegetables

  • Pepper, chopped or in strips
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded spinach
  • Cauliflower (roasted or fresh)
  • Shredded carrots
  • Diced onions
  • Sliced avocado
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Corn

Protein (see recipe for seasoning mix)

  • Ground turkey or beef
  • Shredded chicken or pork
  • Fish or other seafood
  • Beans – black, kidney, pinto, garbanzo, white, or combination

Dairy

  • Shredded cheese

Other Toppings & Seasonings

  • Chopped cilantro
  • Squirt of lime
  • Salsa or hot sauce
  • Chopped green onions
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Thinly sliced radishes
  • Sour cream
  • Black olives

Theresa’s Twist on Pandemic Taco Tuesday

I’m making limited trips to the grocery store these days. Since it’s been almost 2 weeks since I’ve been shopping, to make my taco I had to use the ingredients I had on hand.

Challenge accepted! I didn’t have tortillas, but I did have some tortilla chips, so my taco turned into taco salad. I still had some fresh vegetables and I had made my own chili over the weekend.

Tip: Layering the spinach between the tortilla chips and the chili kept the chips from getting soggy.

  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded spinach
  • Three-Bean Chili
  • Shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado slices
  • Orange pepper rings
  • Chopped red onion
  • Sliced radishes
  • Squirt of lime

Check out our Make-Your-Own Taco activity page here.

Make Your Own Tacos Bar 

 

Packaged seasoning mixes usually contain a lot of sodium. Here’s a recipe to make your own.

HOMEMADE SEASONING MIX

Prep: 5 minutes

Yield:  appx. 2 Tablespoons of seasoning, enough for 1 ½ to 2 pounds of meat or vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Equipment Needed:

  • Measuring spoons
  • Small bowl

Directions:

  1. Measure all ingredients and combine.
  2. Add seasonings as you are cooking meat or vegetables.
  3. If making ahead, store in airtight container.

I hope you have enjoyed these Tips for Taco Tuesday!

Yours in health,

 

 

 

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Daily Dose- Pizza with Pizazz

Pizza and salad makes a meal

Let’s participate in Pizza Day! Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Spirit Week, with Friday as Pizza Day. The governor has asked everybody who participates to tag their pictures with #SpiritWeekOhio #InThisTogetherOhio #StayHomeOhio. Your photo may be featured on state social media platforms!

Pizza has been called the world’s most popular food. Traditional pizza is cooked in a wood-fired oven. It originated in Italy and was brought to the U.S. by Italian immigrants, where it has taken on a life of its own. About 1 in 8 Americans eat pizza on any given day.

Composed of flatbread with toppings, pizza had humble beginnings. It started as peasant food, but it’s fit for a queen. A classic pizza is Pizza Margherita – a crust topped with soft, white mozzarella cheese; red tomatoes; and green basil. It is said to be named after Italy’s Queen Margherita. (The colors of this pizza are also the colors of the Italian flag.)

Pizza sometimes has a bad reputation as an unhealthy food, but it doesn’t have to be. Ingredients to be on the lookout for are sodium and fat. Sources of fat include meat and cheese, which, in addition to some crusts, also contribute to the sodium content. You can include any ingredient, just be mindful of amounts and portion sizes.

You can make pizza a home! Recipes abound on the internet, but you can get creative and make our own. You’ll need to look up recipes if you want to make your own crust. Here’s one to get you started. 

The variations of pizza are endless! When you make your own pizza, you get to the control the ingredients. Use your creativity to Design Your Own Pizza.

 

Be Mindful about MyPlate

To pack the most nutritional punch into your pizza, use MyPlate to design yours. Here are some suggestions:

 

Design Your Own Pizza

Be creative and use the ingredients you have on hand

Crust (Grain)

  • Naan bread
  • English muffin
  • Pita bread
  • Flour tortilla
  • Refrigerated biscuits or crescent rolls
  • Homemade pizza crust (with or without yeast)
  • Cauliflower crust (Vegetable Group)

Base

  • Tomato sauce
  • Pesto

Toppings (Vegetables) And the great debate – is pineapple on pizza acceptable?

  • Fresh vegetables (peppers, onions, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, spinach, asparagus, etc.)
  • Cooked vegetables (great way to use up leftovers)

Toppings (Protein)

  • Meats
  • Seafood

Toppings (Dairy)

  • Shredded cheese or fresh Mozzarella cheese

Seasonings

  • Fresh or dried herbs (such as basil, oregano, parsley, chives)
  • Chopped fresh garlic or garlic powder
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Green onions
close up of homemade pizza

Pizza with Pizazz – Here’s my Pizza Day creation with ingredients I had at home

Here’s the pizza I made with ingredients I had on hand: I didn’t use the oven to make my pizza. I used naan bread for the crust, which I heated in a frying pan, with a small amount of oil to prevent sticking. I topped the naan with a thin layer of tomato sauce. I sautéed an onion, chopped garlic, and peppers – green, orange, yellow, and red (about 1 cup). I topped the crust with the vegetable mixture and added shredded parmesan cheese and basil. Easy and tasty!

The “Let’s Start Cooking” 4-H project has a recipe for Veggie Pizza (page 29).

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Yours in Health,