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Kick Off the New Year with Healthy Tacos

Posted on: January 7th, 2013 by Robin

TACOSI love the fresh enthusiasm that comes with stating our resolutions each January 1st. Renewing commitment is such a good thing! Here at The Family Dinner Project, we hope to inspire you to create family meals that are healthy, delicious and friendly.

Here is a fun, meatless meal that is easy to make. It’s do-it-yourself taco night! This recipe allows each family member to assemble their own taco from a variety of options.

First, gently and slowly sauté two onions and two green (or red) peppers in a little bit of oil. Cook until very soft. The onions in my photo are brown because I cooked then in the same pan as some sausage I was making for a different meal, so they picked up the flavors and smell of the sausage. Yum!

Next, have your kitchen helpers chop cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, mango, scallions—whatever you can find in your refrigerator. Make a cup or two of rice. Grate a raw carrot and zucchini, and rinse some canned black beans.

Set out all the veggies, heat up some corn tortillas, and invite your family to make their own tortillas. You have just made a meatless meal that is fun, tasty and healthy! If you’d like, you can also include sour cream, limes, hot sauce and salsa.


Personally, I’ve found this website from the folks at Cooking Light to be a useful resource for making healthy choices about diet and exercise. This list of 12 health goals, one per month, includes recipes and tips for incorporating changes into your busy life. A great way to make a lifestyle change is to do it with a buddy, so look around for a like-minded friend.

Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year to you and your loved ones!


Screen Shot 2013-01-06 at 10.40.29 PMRobin is a certified professional chef and 2011 graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Prior to that, she enjoyed a career as mom, director of adult education for her town and director of religious education for her church. She can make puff pastry, classic French food, Italian peasant food, ice cream and really good PB&J. A devout believer in lifelong learning, she loves to try new foods, recipes and techniques, and invite her friends and family to come over for a bite.