Cooking for Lucas is one of my favorite ways as a mom to show I love him. Cookies, Pizzas, and Tacos. However he recently (and us too) have found out he loves the $1 pasta rice sides. I found out as well that adding chicken broth to the chicken flavored ones (his favorites) makes it even better. So tonight I wanted to try and make him a taco bowl with some things I knew he would eat but wasn’t’t sure if it was gonna work all together and it did! It was a HIT! So here’s how!
What You Need:
- 2 cups of Chicken Broth (my favorite is the Good and Gather)
- 1 Packet of Knorr Rice Sides
- 1 pound of meat (usually we cook with ground turkey but occasionally we use hamburger meat)
- 1/2 a cup of corn (we use frozen but if you use canned just use a small can of corn)
- Taco Seasoning
What I love about this is you can also add other vegetables. Like in the past I have slid peas into his taco meat or rice and it works well too! You can also add tomatoes or beans as well if your little will eat it. This dish is very customizable!
So first what we are gonna do is start cooking the meat. If thawed it is much easier and quicker but let’s face it we do not always get meat layer out for dinner and this works well regardless.
Cook your meat and add Taco seasoning as you would for your family normally. Personally I don’t ever add water and we don’t measure the seasoning we always have the huge 24 oz. thing on hand so I pour till it taste right little at a time; if I’m being honest. However this recipe will be fine with one packet or homemade taco seasoning as well. However your little is used to it stick to it.
As that is cooking start your corn and rice both separately.
For the rice sub the water required in the directions for chicken broth instead. You will not regret it! After the substitute just continue to follow the instructions on the back. Which are bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 7 minutes or until rice is tender.
If your meat is done by now just lower to keep warm or the Lowest heat setting and stir occasionally to keep warm but not burning or sticking to the skillet.
For the corn I cooked mine till it was a little charred to resemble grilled corn. He loves it that way so thats how it was done!
Once everything was done I layered it rice first; meat next; and corn on top. However it all ends up mixed in the end so you can mix the meat and vegetables; veggies and rice or all together.
and WHA-LA! You have an easy and even cheap meal for your little and a very easy meal to double or triple if you have a big family like so many!
Until Next Time!