Friday, May 30, 2008

Garden Fresh Taco Salad

Garden Fresh Taco Salad
6 servings

1 pound ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning mix (or use recipe below)
1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/4 onion, diced
1 cup (4 ounces) cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup (4 ounces) monterrey jack cheese, shredded
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup salsa
crushed tortilla chips

Cook beef; drain. Stir in 1/2 cup water and taco seasoning; simmer. In a large bowl, toss lettuce, tomatoes, onion, cheeses, and beef. In a small bowl combine sour cream and salsa. Pour over salad; sprinkle with crushed tortilla chips and toss. Add extra salsa on each serving if desired. Enjoy!

Homemade Taco Seasoning
to season one pound ground beef

1 teaspoon instant minced onion
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,
Father we thank Thee.
For the song of bird and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
For blue of stream and blue of sky,
Father, we thank Thee.
For pleasant shade of branches high,
Father we thank Thee.
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
For this new morning with its light,
Father, we thank Thee.
For rest and shelter of the night,
Father, we thank Thee.
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
Father in heaven , we thank Thee.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6

illustration courtesy of
"Seaside Summer I" by Vitali