I have always loved the idea of weekly meal planning. And actually every week I plan 5 meals a week. The question is do I stick to those meal plans? To be honest, not all the time. The usual reason is I am tired. And by the time I actually think about making dinner, I am just beat. Occasionally (and lately I am making more of an effort) I start making dinner as soon as I get home, instead of after I put my daughter to bed - at 7:30. And when I do that, I feel so good. I feel I accomplished something.
I also love to have predicability in our meals so I really don't have to think to much about what to make so taco and soup nights are just perfect. It gives me some flexibility in what exactly I am going to make but also some focus.
Recently I was given some Old El Paso Taco Seasoning mix to try from Old El Paso through MyBlogSpark. I thought what a perfect kick off to family taco night. I am a traditionalist when it comes to my tacos. I like them hard, with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream. Occasionally I will throw in some avocado but that is about it. Cliff like it when I make them double decker (soft shell and refried beans wrapped around a hard shell taco. But sometimes that is just way too much for me. H helped me make this, and I just love having the kids help with meals. They are always more willing to at least try what we make. They turned out great. I always use Old El Paso Taco Seasoning because the flavor and texture is consistent. And tonight was not any different.
This is how they turned out
What I also would love to do is invite neighbors over during these theme nights. Like for soup nights - guests bring their own bowls and spoons and we supply the rest. For family taco night we could supply the tacos, they bring their favorite fixing. Yeah...I like this idea. The question is when do I start this new tradition? I think I need to pow wow with my neighbors to get this going.
Now - for the good stuff: MyBlogSpark and Old El Paso is giving me an Old El Paso Prize pack to give away. Check it out:
Here is what you need to do to win one - you can have 3 entries:
(1) leave me a comment here telling me what your favorite taco fixing is
(2) Follow me on twitter and leave me a comment telling me you are a follower (or already are one) www.twitter.com/andreaberg
(3) Like me on facebook "Living Changerously" http://tinyurl.com/2besjhg
I will draw a winner on Friday, December 17th.
Fine Print: Old El Paso provided the product, information and giveaway through MyBlogSpark but all opinions and meal preparation was completely my own.