As I grabbed the ground beef that had thawed today for dinner, I thought, “what should we do with this?” Seeing a lone tomato on the counter and knowing we had just a bit of lettuce in the fridge, and it being Tuesday, I quickly answered my own question … tacos!
I think tacos are one of my favorite easy meals. Brown some ground beef, slice up some tomato and lettuce, and grate some cheese. I make my own spice blend for the meat (a modification of a recipe I found online) to avoid the preservatives used in store-bought blends. We always have tortillas handy (it’s a breakfast staple for me) so I fry up a half dozen or so. Voila! (or more appropriately, ¡ya esta!) … the perfect quick meal with a nice blend of protein, veggies and carbs.
The tacos I made today are certainly Americanized versions of the meals ancient Mexicans ate (they predate the arrival of the Spanish to Central America according to some sources), but they are certainly delicious. They also make me long for the easy hand meals we’ve eaten around the world, from the simple panini paired with a rustic red wine in Venice …
… to the Trzesniewski served with a Pfiff of beer in Vienna …
… to a bratwurst mit pommes in Wiesbaden.
There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. Food is the common denominator, and simple fare is often the best! Savor the taste of the locals and make your own version at home!
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