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Family Central: Dragons and Toddlers Love Tacos

Hey Freshies! I’m a mom of an almost three-year-old with a raging taco obsession. What else does my mini-me love? Dragons. We recently went to our local brick-and-mortar bookstore and found this hilarious book, “Dragons Love Tacos.”

It’s genius on a tortilla – a dragon-taco combination of fun and fantasy. I think there’s something synergistic about food and art (even a well written picture book is art). I love anything that encourages my little one to explore the world of food and the world of literature. Why not at the same time?

I used to be a from-scratch kitchen rock star, but as a working mom with two under three and one on the way, prioritizing is key. Oh, how this culinary snob has fallen! But I’ve fallen for good reason.

My goal? To maximize precious family time, focusing on quality food (on that I won’t compromise) that will encourage my toddler to interact and enjoy eating.

My plan? Cut kitchen corners and invite my toddler to participate.

I’ve decided to share my secrets, which I’ve previously hoarded like dragon treasure. For Dragon-lover Drew’s Favorite Tacos, this is all you need:

FRESH homemade tortillas

1 pkg shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb ground beef
2 pkgs taco seasoning

It takes about 15 minutes to prepare. My toddler likes to keep it simple. So, there you have it.

Now, let’s talk salsas! We love spicy salsa and mild salsa. We love chunky salsa and fruity salsa. If a chip can be dipped in it, my toddler will try it. We used to make ours from scratch (eg. roasting tomatillos, garlic and jalapenos and then throwing them in the blender with lime and cilantro).

But here’s another momma dragon secret: Now, we buy it. I can have the homemade, healthy and delicious salsa that I love, but I’ve delegated all of the work to the magical kitchen elves at Fresh who make it, well, fresh.

Any of these would be good toppings for the above tacos and more:

  • Cucumber salsa (My favorite! How is this so good?)
  • Mango salsa
  • (Crazy good) Pico de Gallo
  • Guacamole

Lay a selection out on the table and let your toddler explore. Don’t forget the chips and be sure to read this crazy little story together, sharing a good laugh over dinner. Because, after all, family comes first.

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