Thursday, January 9, 2014

Turkey Tacos for Tots

Today I am grateful that I recently found a healthy dish both kids like.
Trying out a new recipe on my children is always scary.  New things are not always welcomed and often are not even given a chance.  So I was a bit hesitant to give tacos a try when Big A mentioned she likes them.  On many occasions she has made such claims only to decide she doesn't like said item, because I didn't make it 'right', although she can't often articulate what that means and/or even if I made it the same as my mother-in-law/daycare/friend's mom or whoever happened to make it the way she does like it.  I have been especially reluctant to try anything new because Little A is going through a phase of extra-pickiness right now and has suddenly decided she hates all sorts of food she used to love (sweet potatoes, potatoes, chicken, fish...).  But I bit the bullet and decided to give tacos a try.

To my surprise and delight, BOTH girls gobbled these up.  I honestly couldn't believe it.  I am so thrilled to have another meal to add to the (short) repertoire of things I make for them.  Hallelujah!

Turkey Tacos for Tots

1 lb ground chicken or turkey (or crumbled tempeh)
1 lb frozen cauliflower florets, steamed and pureed in food processor
2 tbls cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbls minced onion
1 tbls mild chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
127 ml tube of tomato paste (or 2 cans)
1/4 cup water

Cook meat in skillet over medium heat.  Add cauliflower, vinegar and seasonings.  Mix well with meat.  Add tomato paste and water and simmer until thickened.

Serve with taco shells, shredded cheese and veggies of choice (peppers, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, etc.).  Keep leftovers refrigerated for up to 3 days or freeze.

P.S. Although Little A enthusiastically ate up these tacos, she would now allow me to take her picture (she's become very sensitive about how dirty her face gets when she eats), so I only have shots of Big A here devouring this meal.

I have submitted this recipe to the Gluten-Free Friday for this week.