I like choice. Always have and always will. Choice with everything in my life, but especially with food. Aren't we all that way? I'm the first to admit that it's not always easy to make meals that everyone is going to love all of the time.
After all, I've got 3 carnivores (me and the girls), 1 vegetarian (Kenya) and a hubby who swings from eating only vegan before 6 to the past months avoiding sugar and wheat (it's close to a reason for divorce as I can think!) This is the reason I'm a big fan of do it yourself meals. This DIY: Taco Buffet may be one of my family's all time faves!
Everyone in our house has enormous affection for tacos, so when I came up with this taco buffet concept, my kids' taco love escalated to taco fanaticism. Getting to make their tacos "their way" gave them a great sense of pride. I like to set out all the components in colorful bowls with spoons and let everyone go to town personalizing their meal.
Beware: I've seen three fist fulls of grated cheese get shoved into their tacos so help kids when needed! You want everyone to be able to pick them up. Chloe has a habit of stuffing her taco so full she can barely pick it up! Sometimes I even take a clean rubber band and fit it around the tortilla a few times so the kids can hold their taco without everything falling out.
The best part of this simple meal is that you can prepare the toppings earlier in the day. You can also pre-cook the meat, so all you need to do is reheat it come dinner time. This is one of those dishes I double, or even triple, to ensure we have leftovers for school lunch or even dinner the next couple of nights. Can you say twofer!?
When each person in your family gets to build their meal the way they want it's amazing how much better they eat! If you're looking for more DIY meals you have to check out DIY: Oatmeal , Salad and Pizza Buffets. They're life changing ways to get your family to eat what you make, their way!
Accompaniments: grated mexican cheese (cheddar, Colby and Monterrey jack), salsa, sliced avocados, guacamole, sour cream, black or pinto beans and/or chopped lettuce.