Think Fresh: Mini Taco Salad

In my never-ending quest to get Picky Princess to eat healthy food and think that food is fun and delicious, I made some cute and mini taco salads for lunch today. I have discovered that if the food is cute and mini, she will like it. She likes mini beets, mini carrots, mini tomatoes. I actually don’t think I’ve ever really seen her turn down eating something mini. Had I made a large taco salad, I can assure you, she would NOT have had anything to do with it. But these were a major hit. She loved them and asked for more! I can’t believe I got her to eat a “salad” for lunch! The mini cups would make great holders for lots of other things, so use your imagination! They also would be adorable grown up appetizers, so this idea is not limited to desperate-for-healthy-ideas Mommies.

Step One: Make mini taco shells. Preheat oven to 350. Cut one large tortilla shell into small round pieces. One shell made 9 small rounds.

making mini taco shells

Step Two: push mini circles into a mini muffin tin, folding edges to make them the shape of a little bowl. Fill mini bowls with pie weights or dried beans, so that they keep their shape. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until dried and keeping their shape. Remove from mini muffin tin, and remove beans or pie weights.

mini taco bowls, filled with dried beans

Step Three: Fill the little bowls with taco salady type things! I put avocado, chopped tomatoes, fresh corn, a touch of cilantro and mozzarella cheese. Black beans would have been good or chicken cubes for a non-vegetarian option.

The little taco bowls are so easy to make and Picky Princess giggled at their cuteness for the entire lunch.

Mini Taco Salad

Give it a try!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kjanzen
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 16:07:30

    great idea – for grown ups too!!!


  2. tryityoumightlikeit
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 17:10:03

    Mini food gets my kids interested too.


  3. Jessica C
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 17:10:58

    smashing idea!


  4. Lori
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 18:30:33

    What a great starter for a dinner party!


  5. Wendy
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 19:43:14

    Great idea! Bake on what temp?


  6. Karen
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 13:29:05

    cute cute cute!


  7. Jolene
    Oct 10, 2010 @ 13:14:12

    great idea! I’m excited to try them out.


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