Mrs Selfish

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I know I have said it before, but I have a wonderful husband. He is kind, generous, caring… if I want something, he usually gets it for me. Kind gestures are plenty. When it is chilly outside, he will bring me my robe and towel… straight out of the warm dryer so I can step into it after my shower. If I have one of my typical fountain drink cravings (has to be from certain gas stations, certain ice, certain cups…), he kindly humors me and picks me up a soda from one of the few places that meet my very picky standards. He does the laundry, helps clean up after dinner, is a wonderful dad, and is an all around great guy.

So each and every week my husband does kind things for me, and how do I return the favor? By continuing to have some version of tacos on our menu. Great for me! I love tacos! Hubby? Not so much. Since the beginning of our marriage, hubby has made it very clear his detest for tacos. He doesn’t like raw tomatoes, he hates just about any kind of bean, sour cream and guacamole. He is one of the few people in the world who doesn’t go crazy for Mexican food or even Tex-Mex. I, however, love all things Tex-Mex and Mexican and so do my kids. This is why on a weekly basis, some form of taco type dish hits our dinner table. You really can’t find anything easier that is as filling as tacos.

Every week, hubby sits down to dinner with a sigh and struggles through yet another taco meal. What can I say? He is so much nicer to me than I am to him. As the youngest of five, I have a bit of a selfish streak and I don’t believe I should eliminate making what I like for dinner just because he doesn’t like it.

If you are on the “I like tacos” side like me, then let me share this quick and easy (plus light!) taco salad recipe from a back issue of Cooking Light magazine. If you don’t like tacos, tough! You can just sit there and pout while the rest of us enjoy.

Three Step Taco Salad (Cooking Light Magazine, July 2003)

1 pound ground sirloin
1 (1.25-ounce package) taco seasoning
3/4 cup water
2/3 cup fat-free sour cream
2/3 cup bottled salsa
8 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
4 cups (4 ounces) bite-sized baked tortilla chips
2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes, drained
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1 (15-ounce) can kidney or black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup sliced ripe black olives ( I omit)

Cook the beef in large skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.Combine sour cream and salsa in a small bowl.

Combine the beef mixture, iceberg lettuce, tortilla chips, tomatoes, 1/2 cup cheese, and beans in a large bowl. Drizzle the sour cream mixture over the salad, and toss gently. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese and black olives. Serve immediately.

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

CALORIES 217 (24% from fat); FAT 5.7g (sat 2.3g,mono 1.5g,poly 0.7g); PROTEIN 16.8g; CHOLESTEROL 34mg; CALCIUM 171mg; SODIUM 757mg; FIBER 5g; IRON 2.2mg; CARBOHYDRATE 26.1g

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  1. says

    Kristen, I’ve always been a fan of your texts and recipes, so I had to compliment Dine and Dish’s new layout! It’s really modern and chic, and provides a perfect frame for your wonderful pictures… I loved it! ;o)

  2. says

    Your husband gets you a warm towel and robe from the dryer? I can’t get mine to turn off the shower nozzle so I won’t get wet sticking my head in to turn the water on. This taco salad looks so good, I am clearly on your side even if he sounds like a gem.Cute site!

  3. says

    I’d love taco night, too — so maybe the trick is to fill your hubby’s tortilla with something he would like — scrambled eggs and cheese, maybe? We do those for breakfast all the time — a little hot sauce, some sauteed onion….

  4. says

    We all love tacos here, so I have no problem with taco night! We usually do soft tacos though as the kids don’t like when their’s crumbles with the first bite! :)

  5. says

    You are so funny! He sounds like a gem though. My sweetie also obliges me with anything I cook. Fortunately he is not a picky eater, BUT he has banned any attempt at making meatloaf. That last turkey one pushed him over the edge.

  6. says

    Wow! You ARE lucky to have such a husband. How sweet!

    The funny thing is that tacos are one of the FEW meals I make that my husband WILL eat. He doesn’t eat tomatoes, any kind of beans or quacamole either but he likes it with just meat, cheese and the tortilla and possibly onions and cilantro. But he isn’t home for dinner too often so I just make whatever I choose.

  7. says

    Hmmm…I obviously have to start rethinking my actions. Rarely do I fix food for any meal that my husband doesn’t enjoy (he’s not a picky eater,) but I have fixed things for dinner that he likes (or requests,) that the kids and I don’t. (The latest of which would make you scratch your head and go,”Huh?”)

    These tacos sound great, btw. Thanks for sharing!

  8. says

    OH! Your hubby sounds like an angel! Mine works LOONG hrs and when he comes home, he eats and sleeps on the couch with TV on! 😀
    But he does the yard work all by himself and takes me wherever I want to go or buy, so that’s good news!:)
    Love the Taco, yummy. Have a great mother’s day , enjoy. See you on Monday!:)

  9. says

    Your man sounds as if he’s a brother to Mr. Right while you and I sound as if we could be long lost sisters. As I oft say, when it came to marriage, I totally got the better end of the deal. (I “honor” him by serving the same loaded potato soup, which he’ll eat, but he does not adore. What can I say? I don’t like the think milky kind. But I serve up lots of other stuff he DOES like. He can lump it for a day.)

  10. says

    Nope no way Kristin, you can’t make me believe you don’t have something on the side he likes when you do tacos! I on the other hand/side would be right with you chowing down on the tacos!! More please!

  11. says

    I would die if my husband didn’t like tacos. They are actually one of the first meals we made together when we were dating!! This taco salad sounds delicious!

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