Archive for October 6th, 2011

It really is as simple as it sounds.  There are many ways to eat tacos and keep it fun for the family (scoops, wraps, taquito style, pita, taco pasta, in a homemade taco bowl), this one is another kid favourite since they get to eat the taco out of the bag!

You can either buy the Old El Paso or your favourite Taco Seasoning Mix or make up your own seasoning. Either way you will need the ingredients listed below.

The small bags of Doritos are hard to come by except when it is Halloween. I’ve recently found them at both Superstore and Walmart available in a case, so buy the case…plan to give some out for Halloween and keep the rest for Taco’s in a Bag!

Taco’s in a Bag

1 lb ground beef
1 cup water
1 package seasoning mix OR approx. 3 tbsp homemade taco seasoning mix

Small bags of Dorito’s Chips

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp each garlic powder and onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp each seasoning salt and black pepper
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne
1/2 tsp paprika
Mix all together and adjust seasonings to suit your taste if needed.

Taco Fixins
Shredded Cheese
lettuce, shredded
taco sauce
salsa, sour cream, guacamole
olives, sliced
tomatoes, diced
Green or Spanish Onions, diced & sliced
Hot sauce
cucumbers, sliced & diced – my son loves them on tacos
cilantro, chopped

Brown your beef in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until nicely browned. Stir in 1 cup water and your seasoning mix. Simmer for 7-10 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Take a bag of your Doritos and break them up a bit. Open Bag. Put a good scoop of taco meat into the bag. Make sure your fixin’s are laid out on the table so everyone can add their favourite fixin’s to their taco in a bag! 

TIP:  if your taco meat is hot it will make the bag too hot to hold for little hands.  Allow the taco meat to cool a bit first before adding it to the bag.

My kids absolutely love eating like this and it’s kind of fun for the grown ups too!

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We love appetizers. In fact entire meals – even New Year’s Eve Meals have been entirely appetizers. Why not? There is a nice variety in the frozen food sections – things you might want to buy to try before actually making them. OR find a recipe that appeals to you, pick up the ingredients and go for it! Appetizers can be anything you want them to be such as a cheese board with grapes or cheese, sausage and crackers!

I like this dip because it’s light, refreshing and it has Feta in it (LOVE FETA). You could use goat feta or cow feta – both are delish. If you have kids get them to help as kids tend to be more eager to try food if they have been involved in making it! It makes about 2 cups.

Adapted from ATCO Blue Flame

Spinach Feta Dip
1 cup greek yogurt
4 oz cream cheese, softened (half a brick)
3/4 cup shredded dry pack feta (or more tee hee)
1/4 cup sour cream
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 garlic clove, crushed
1.5 tsp dill, dried
salt and pepper to taste

Early on…
Spoon your yogurt into a tea towel, place into a sieve over a bowl or coffee filter placed into a sieve over a bowl works too. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 1-2 hours allowing liquid to come out of yogurt and yogurt to thicken.

1-2 hours later
In a bowl combine yogurt with all remaining ingredients. Using a mixer beat until blended. Spoon dip into a serving dish (if using), cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Tip: I’ve found if you make this dip the night before and allow the flavours to mingle over night, it tastes even more delish the next day!

Try it with breadsticks, pita wedges, bagel chips, or fresh veggies!

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Cranberry Mimosas

With our Canadian Thanksgiving approaching fast and our Turducken happily defrosting in the fridge I am in full meal planning mode. As I scour my recipe books I find a recipe I’ve made before for my nieces (I used to invite my older nieces over for supper regularly…a nice way to visit and try new recipes). While I wasn’t looking for a beverage recipe this one is flagged as delicious and a lovely pre-dinner drink! Fantastic! I am adding a champagne cocktail to the menu!

Adapted from ATCO Blue Flame

Cranberry Mimosas
1 cup cranberry cocktail, chilled
1/4 cup orange liqueur
1 bottle champagne, chilled

Combine cranberry cocktail and orange liqueur in a large pitcher. Gently pour champagne into the mixture and serve immediately. Adding some fresh cranberry’s to each individual glass and/or a sprig of mint will add a lovely festive touch! Serves 6-8

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