Speaking of Semantics….Taco Salad

Since sharing the Italian Casserole recipe yesterday, I thought I might as well take this opportunity to share my other successful recipe make-over.  A few years ago, my son would cringe at the word “salad”. He absolutely refused to eat anything with the word salad in it.  It wasn’t so much that he didn’t like salad, but more that he would never give any form of salad a chance.  This was my very first successful attempt at recipe trickery.

Operation Taco Salad

My kids love Mexican food, but would not eat taco salad.  I decided to make it my mission to have them eat taco salad.  We used to have some form of Mexican food at least once every two weeks (burritos, enchiladas, fajitas or tacos).  Although I do have a recipe for homemade taco seasoning, I must confess that I generally use the little packages from the store.

We usually cook up the ground meat (beef, chicken or turkey) and add the seasoning mix according to the package instructions. (Certainly not rocket science).  We serve our tacos with salsa (homemade or bought), tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, avocado and sour cream in either hard shells or soft wraps. Obviously, taco salad is the same as above without the wraps/shells.  We don’t add anything extra for a dressing, but rather use the sour cream and salsa as our dressing.

So, How Do You Get Kids to Eat Taco Salad?

Here is how it went down at my house……

When the kids asked, “What’s for supper?”

I said,  “Tacos.”

They asked, “Where are the shells?”

I answered, “Oh, I ran out.  I guess we’ll just have to have the tacos in a bowl tonight. Sorry.” The kids proceeded to try their “taco in a bowl”.

My son announced…”Wow, I love Taco in a Bowl!”

I said, “Great!” (and quickly dodged around the corner to smirk and give a silent cheer).

Now, Taco in a Bowl is a regular item on The Roy’s weekly menu, but we still don’t eat Taco Salad. Again, it’s all in the presentation!

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About Cindy RoyI am a busy mother, wife and kindergarten teacher. I have a huge list of loves! I love my family, Springs Church, old houses, "up-cycling" and DIY projects, scrapbooking, volleyball, interior design, cake decorating, party planning, healthy eating, and sleeping. I am very organized and reflective, and am continually striving to do life more lovingly, passionately, effectively and successfully.

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