Anytime my son sees tacos on our dinner menu he gets especially excited about taking lunch to school the next day.  This is easily his favorite meal…I’m pretty sure he’d eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I let him.  It’s taken some trial and error to find a healthier taco option than what I used to make with the taco seasoning packets that were filled with who knows what and sugar-filled salsa, but I’ve finally found a combination that my family loves!  I start my browning 1 1/2 lbs of grass fed beef, after I strain the meat I add 4 TBS of Penzy’s taco seasoning (yes, it’s gluten free) and 3/4 c. water.  Then I chop up the fixings and heat Trader Joe’s taco shells and the tacos are ready to go.  My kids love building their tacos and topping them off with a spoonful of salsa.  While I do love making my own it becomes quite a task…especially in the winter months so I looked high and low for a pre-packaged salsa option.  I’m happy to say I found one that is low in sugar, gluten free and oh, so yummy!!!  It was created by a company called Garden Fresh Gourmet which is sold at Rainbow Foods and Costco.  If you’re not in the Minneaoplis/St. Paul area you can click HERE to find a store that carries it near you.  This is one of the few pre-packaged foods we buy on a regular basis.  I typically buy a tub of salsa for us to use at home, but they also have these adorable individual serving size portions that are perfect for packing in lunches or snack packs.  They also have individual servings of hummus that are soooooo good!  My boys love it!  I guess I’m rambling here a bit, but I was very excited to share this salsa find with you.

Today’s taco lunch includes:  Trader Joe’s taco shells (wrapped in parchment paper so my son has something to use to build his tacos on at school), taco meat, lettuce, cheese, tomato, sour cream, Garden Fresh Gourmet salsa, Trader Joe’s chocolate covered almonds.  I use this Thermos to keep the taco meat warm until lunch.

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7 Responses to Tacos…

  1. Lindsey says:

    What a great idea!! My son loves tacos as well, and I can’t beleive I’ve never thought of sending leftover taco meat in his Thermos!!

  2. Niki says:

    How do you keep the shells from getting broken in the lunch box?

  3. Jamie says:

    Niki- This particular lunch bag is pretty sturdy on the sides so as long as I pack it on top of his backpack the taco shells stay put. If I use a different lunch bag I typically crush the shells so he has a taco salad or I pack the taco shells in a large Snapware container.

  4. Jane says:

    I love this! My 1st grader keeps asking me when I’m going to send tacos for his lunch. We also love this salsa and I saw it at Target today too. (Minneapolis suburb) I’m going to check out the Penzy’s taco seasoning. I have the chip and dip container from PBK, great idea using that for the toppings!

  5. jess says:

    jamie…thank you so much for the gluten free info. i have been following your blog since the beginning and it is amazing. my daughter is gluten and dairy free…and i so appreciate you mentioning ANY products that you find that are GF. going to check these out ASAP! thanks again.

  6. Jack Page says:

    The fresh salsa is a hit with my kids. Its a good change from their normal ketchup! They also make a killer hummus in a two oz. container.

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