Make Tonight Taco Night!

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Dishing it Out katie Workman

Welcome to Dishing it Out, ParentDish's weekly food column. Katie Workman lives in New York City with her husband and two boys, Jack and Charlie. By day she is the Editor-in Chief of the recipe website Cookstr.com. You can read all of the Dishing it Out posts here.

Taco night is a big deal in our house. There's even a song to herald taco night, that goes something like this: "Taco Night! Taco Night! Everybody ready for taco night?"

Catchy, no?

Everyone in the family loves tacos, and there is something very nice about a hand-on, interactive meal. And tacos are festive. We go with ground turkey or chicken, instead of beef (I'm the "almost vegetarian" in the family), but you choose. I have certainly been known to reach for a package taco seasoning blend at times, but with an extra few minutes I can make a homemade seasoning blend that tastes even better, and the sodium isn't through the roof. Just add a big salad, or some steamed broccoli or cauliflower, or a bowl of baby carrots, and you've got dinner.Turkey Tacos

1 pound ground turkey (try to find a blend of white and dark meat, if possible - it's juicier)
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
pinch cayenne (optional)
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
salt to taste
taco shells (about 12)

To serve (choose your family's favorites):
shredded lettuce
salsa
shredded cheese, such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend
sour cream (low fat or regular)
diced tomatoes
diced avaocados

Preheat the oven - or your toaster oven - to 350 degrees.

Spray a large skillet with nonstick spray, and place over medium high heat. Add the turkey, and cook, stirring, until it is browned throughout, about 4-5 minutes. Drain off any liquid. Add the chili powder, cumin, cayenne (if using), garlic and salt. Stir over the heat for 1 more minute so that all of the spices and garlic release their flavors. Add 1/2 cup of water, and stir until the water is mostly evaporated, and everything is sell combined.

Meanwhile, heat the taco shells in the oven for 5 minutes until warm and toasty. Serve the meat in a bowl, the shells on a plate covered with a napkin to keep them warm, and all of the toppings on the side, and let everyone help themselves!

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