Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Daddy's Dinner

Calling all Mommies, Calling all Mommies!  Share this post with your husbands and the next time you are working late, stuck in traffic coming home from the latest event or really simply tired and don't have the energy to do a thing, pull this out....No Man can screw this up!  Now, although I have a little culinary gift in me (self taught, wife, sister, mom and grandmother inspired and a father who wasn't afraid to try), I repeat, your husband cannot screw this up.  Dads-Use fine china as I did here by Dixie and cut the clean up in half as the kids can easily help!



This little dinner recipe gets a healthy meal in your kids with minimal pain and complaints and will have them begging Dad for more!  A win for you ladies!

What you need:
1 Large Fry Pan / Flat Iron Pan or Second Fry Pan / Chopping Knife / Cutting Board and Wooden Spoon / Spatula
1 pound of lean ground turkey
1 Tbsp Olive Oil, Grape Seed Oil or Vegetable Oil (your choice)
2 Medium Mexican Squash or Italian Squash
1 Medium Head of Broccoli (produces approximate 10-15 normal bite size florets)
Shredded or Crumbled Cheese of your choice
Salsa (your choice - optional)
Corn Tortillas
Lawry's Seasoning Salt
Fruit or Vegetable of your choice that can be eaten raw
Diet 7 Up (optional)
What to do:
Place the fry pan on stove top over medium heat.  While heating, start by chopping off both ends of the squash, discarding them, washing them completely under cold water, then chop them into small chucks no larger than you pinkie finger nail.  Easiest way to do this is cut the squash into strips, 1/4" thick, then cube those strips.  Oil should be hot by this time, place oil in the pan and heat.  Shouldn't take but 30 seconds, place the ground turkey in the pan.  Chop the broccoli into finger nail sized small bites and place both the squash and broccoli in the pan with the turkey.  Season the combination with the seasoning salt.  You should be able to see a good thin coating of the seasoning over the entire pan but don't over do it. 4-6 shakes should be good...you can always add more at the table if needed.  Fry the combination in the oil crumbling the turkey using the wooden spoon.  Cook the mixture until the meat in complete browned, with no pink showing.  Mix the combination often to ensure everything cooks.  You know you are close to done when the vegetables are turning translucent and tender.  Turn down the heat to low and heat the second pan on medium high placing the corn tortillas in the pan to warm...turn them often so they don't burn.  Trick-Place 6 or 8 tortillas in a paper towel and heat them in the Microwave for 1 Minute or until warm.  Turn the stove off on all pans.  Place 1 or 2 tortillas on a plate and with your wooden spoon dish a spoonful on each tortilla.  Place grapes, strawberries, carrots, cucumbers or other sliced fruit / vegetables on the plate as you side dish and serve the kids with a small cup of Diet 7 Up. 


Kids will be excited to get soda as a treat, additionally it will help them get the veggies down.  The fruit or veggie side is simply something the kids enjoy that will take their focus off the veggies in the tacos.  Hide the veggies in the meat with the cheese if you can.  If your kids are like mine...they don't like cheese, you will have to rely on the side and the soda as the thing that makes them forget about the veggies in the taco.
  
A healthy, fast dinner in 20 minutes or less dependent on your skills in the kitchen.  A tasty soft taco that will fill you up and get your kids trying something new.  I have to give the majority of credit to Alma for her delicious inspirations daily....thank you for taking care of us boys.
Written by guest blogger:  Tim Bosek - VP, Operations of Field Trip Mom