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A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: A Speedy Taco Tuesday

Taco night with some time-saving tips

Speedy Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday is pretty awesome.  Okay, taco any day, if truth be told.  Digging through my freezer Tuesday morning, I found a bag of ground turkey that I’d recently browned and seasoned as taco meat (with our favorite DIY seasoning). Anytime I make tacos, I double the recipe and freeze half.  The extra meat waiting in the freezer serves as a gift to my future self. Prepping taco night can be a family affair-- get the everyone involved. Little hands can wash and rip lettuce, scoop sour cream and salsa into bowls, and even help shred cheese.  

Wanting to do something a little different than our usual taco night, my girls asked for a taco bar, with chips instead of shells. I left the meat to thaw, and we picked up chips and guacamole at the store while we were out. Without meat to cook, dinner came together very quickly. I piled the ingredients on the table for my kids to prep while I heated up the cooked turkey. I let them portion everything in little bowls, made some quick sangria (woot!), and dinner was on the table in under 20 minutes.

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Sometimes we can make dinner from scratch. Other nights, not so much. Cooking in bulk and freezing the extra allows you to serve healthy, family-friendly meals without dedicating as much time to being in the kitchen. We didn’t recreate the wheel, but everyone was happy with dinner, and clean up was a snap. Share your weeknight dinner ideas and time-saving shortcuts with our readers in the comments, below!

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