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5 Fresh Flavors for a Healthy Family Taco Night

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Family taco night is always an event at our house. Who can say if it’s the deeply satisfying crunch of a hard taco shell or the simple fact that each person gets to make his or her taco exactly as desired? Either way, taco night is a pretty big deal. And because summer produce is at its peak, a taco dinner is also a great way to add fresh, seasonal vegetables to the dinnertime mix.

For our taco dinner, we went with Old El Paso Vegetarian Refried Beans, canned Chopped Green Chilies, and (totally essential) Crunchy Taco Shells, and teamed these wholesome staples up with a fresh tomato lime salsa, sautéed zucchini, fresh cilantro, lettuce, and sautéed chili lime corn. I threw in some brown rice and grated cheese for good measure.

We spread everything out in small bowls, and my girls went to work making their tacos. They loved the array of flavors, tried a bit of everything, and seemed to really enjoy crunching their way through each taco. I enjoyed knowing that such a wholesome, balanced dinner was a blast for them to eat. Taco night, we’ll be seeing you again next week.

Head below for 5 fresh ways to add delicious seasonal vegetables to your own family’s taco night!

  • Get Fresh! 5 Unique Ideas for Family Taco Night 1 of 7
    5 Fresh Ways to Spice Up Taco Night

    Fresh, seasonal vegetables are a great way to jazz up taco night! Click through for 5 easy add-ons for a wholesome, healthy take on tacos.

  • Sauteed Corn with Chili, Lime, and Cilantro 2 of 7
    OEP-corn

    To make a sweet and smoky chili lime corn dish, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cut the kernels from the cob, and add to the pan, along with a drizzle of vegetable oil. Stir in the sea salt and chili powder. When corn is blackened along the edges, remove to a small bowl. Finish with a good squeeze of lime juice and a generous sprinkle of minced cilantro.

    Here's what you'll need:

    1 ear corn, shucked with kernels cut from the cob

    1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil

    1/2 teaspoon sea salt

    1/2 teaspoon chili powder

    2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice

    1 tablespoon cilantro, minced

     

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  • Fresh Tomato Lime Salsa 3 of 7
    OEP-salsa

    To make a fast, fresh, and flavorful summer salsa, toss your ingredients together 15 minutes before serving. Here's what you'll need:

    4 tomatoes or a handful of cherry tomatoes, cored and minced
    1/2 cup onion, minced
    1/4 cup cilantro, minced
    2 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    several twists of fresh ground black pepper
    minced fresh or canned chilies, ground cayenne, or hot sauce to taste

     

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  • Sauteed Zucchini with Lime 4 of 7
    OEP-zucchini

    A side vegetable with a kick of lime can be a great complement to tacos! Try garden fresh zucchini sautéed with fresh lime and cilantro. 

     

    To make, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add a drizzle of olive oil, and cook sliced zucchini for 3 minutes per side. As the zucchini cooks, add a pinch of salt to each side. Finish with a big squeeze of lime and minced cilantro. 

    Serve with tacos, or even inside of them!

    1 zucchini, trimmed and sliced into half moons

    1 teaspoon vegetable oil

    1/2 teaspoon sea salt

    fresh squeezed lime juice

    1 tablespoon minced cilantro

     

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  • Fresh Cilantro 5 of 7
    OEP-cilantro

    Even a simple sprinkle of herbs can add big fragrance and flavor to dinner. Try topping your tacos with a few pinches of cilantro, oregano, or parsley leaves.

     

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  • Fresh Greens 6 of 7
    OEP-lettuce

    Forget iceberg, and instead try adding a flavorful variety like green leaf or romaine to your tacos. Fresh lettuce adds a little bit of sweetness and a lot of crunch. Yum!

     

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Serve ‘Em Up! 7 of 7
    OEP-taco-platr

    Set out each side in little bowls, and have fun layering each taco with all kinds of fresh flavors. Even though it can be messy, let kids make their own tacos — they'll have a blast!

     

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

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