Parents are so busy these days. It’s not easy finding time to cook healthy meals when you’re juggling so many responsibilities. That’s why it’s so important to put together a collection of simple go-to recipes that you rely upon even when you have limited time.
What I’ve discovered over the years is that when you use fresh, whole ingredients, it doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to transform them into mouthwatering bites of deliciousness! Food preparation becomes a magical experience, instead of a dreaded obligation.
And so today, I share a simple recipe that I’m sure is familiar to you. This version is free of corn, dairy, and gluten, all of which are common allergens that could be posing a problem for you (without you realizing it).
It’s taco salad, and it brings together a few of my favorite go-to ingredients:
- Red onion – I LOVE it! It adds so much flavor and just look at the stunning color. It has many layers, just like people do, so to me it’s a symbol of individuality and uniqueness. As a prebiotic food, onions help build an army of “good” bacteria in your gut, and play a part in keeping your immune system strong.
- Avocado – I eat it almost every day not only because it’s an extremely healthy source of fat, but because I consider it a perfect substitute for cheese and dairy. Just think about its creamy texture. It’s soothing, and truly a super food.
- Olives – I always keep jars of my favorite ones on hand. I particularly love green ones, and add them to salads all the time. Like avocadoes, they are a fantastic source of healthy fat, even better than olive oil, since they are less processed.
- Leafy greens – I love trying new ones. Add a bowl of greens to your daily menu, and it’s a powerful way to boost your health!
- Grass fed beef – An extremely nutrient dense form of protein and Omega 3 fat. It is the foundation upon which many healthy recipes can be based. There’s so much you can do with this one ingredient, which is more expensive that conventional store bought ground beef, but aren’t you worth it? If you’re trying to upgrade your food choices, this one change could make a huge difference in your life.
Here’s my basic recipe:
Will your children eat this? It really depends. You may have to modify it a little if they are resistant to certain ingredients, and that’s okay. What I love about this recipe is that you can get creative with it, and add/delete ingredients as you wish. Have some fun with it!
Even if your child won’t touch it at all at first, just seeing you eat it will be an eye opening experience. When a parent models healthy eating habits, it’s only natural for a child to become curious and start asking questions. Little changes can go a long way, even if you’re the only one making them at first!
So, even if the rest of your family has traditional tacos while you eat the salad, the fact that you’re using fresh, real ingredients is what’s most important. In our house, my son still prefers the ground beef with onions in an organic corn taco with romaine lettuce and cherry tomatoes on the side. He doesn’t even like salsa, avocado, or even olives, and that’s okay. Most of his meal consists of real food (anything that comes in a box is not), and that’s what counts.
Our family has come a long way with our eating habits, but I’ve learned that when you try to be perfect, the plan backfires. You have to give yourself a little wiggle room and go easy on yourself! Otherwise, frustration will set in.
Give yourself permission to take baby steps. Find creative ways to make food prep fun, and involve your whole family in the process.
May you spring into healthier food choices, one bite at a time.
Please note that this post has been shared with the Gluten Free Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday and Gluten Free Wednesdays blog carnivals. For more allergen free recipes, stop by and check them out.