Sunday, September 1, 2013

Family Dinner Night

Easy-peasy family dinner: black bean tacos. Nutritious, easy on the grocery bill, easy to make, and yummy is about the only way I know how to cook for my family of five. After a relaxing, ok pretty much lazy, Saturday, I didn't feel like doing much for dinner. So I pulled together ingredients I almost always have on hand and cooked Black Bean Tacos. I've made these before as burritos, but I suck at folding the tortilla so they easily became tacos.

Ingredients are simple:

Shredded cheese
Salsa (I've made my own before, which makes it healthier, but tonight was all about ease)
1 Can Corn (I usually use cooked frozen corn, but again, ease)
1 Can Black Beans

Optional (I did not put these on this time, but I have in the past): red and green peppers, mild jalapenos, pinto beans, taco season for extra taste (doesn't really need it with flavorful salsa)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Lay tortillas on a cookie sheet. Spread desired about of cheese, spoonful of corn, black beans, and salsa.

Fold over and close with a tooth pick. You will notice two of the tacos have two tooth picks keeping them closed. Apparently I have tortillas folding issues.

Bake at 375 degrees for around 10 minutes. This seems to be the perfect amount of time to completely melt the cheese and crisp up the tacos.

I paired the black bean tacos with rice (grapes were dessert!). Even though I've made this several times before and it was a favorite with all three kids, the boys were hesitant to try the tacos (possibly because I usually made them as burritos), but once they gave them a try all three ate very well! I like when all of the proteins, carbs, fiber, and veggies are found in one item on their trays. Makes cooking easy on this mama!