I’m a huge fan of summer and not just because I get July and most of August off teaching 😉 I love the fact that there are literally more (daylight) hours in the day and I feel like I get so much more accomplished. Summer gives me the chance to “breathe” a little and actually check out some of the cool events that are taking place, wherever I am (home in Toronto; France, where I am currently or anywhere else in the world!). One of the things I love most about the summer, everywhere, is all of the food festivals that seem to be happening. From the marchés nocturne of Southwest France to the endless food-related events that take place in Toronto, there’s always something delicious to eat 🙂
One of my favourite dishes to check out in terms of festival and street food is tacos. Toronto does some pretty great tacos year-round and there’s even a Taco Fest! I confess to putting tacos in the “order out, not make-at-home” category (even though they’re really easy if you have all the ingredients) but recently I figured out a way that gives you the taste of a simple taco with less mess (confession: I always overstuff my tacos…), because, BOWLS! Obviously this is a simplified version but it satisfies a taco craving with just a few pantry and fridge staples (and hey, in my taco-less town in Southwest France, it means I can satisfy that craving for these flavours and textures pretty easily too!)
To kick your tacos up a notch, hot sauce/ salsa is great and if you are serving all the components separately, you can let people make it as hot as they like (or not!). I’ve chosen to use Gay Lea Low Fat Sour Cream to temper any heat from the salsa you might have chosen. Since you don’t need this as an ingredient to make anything creamier, just cooler, the low-fat version works here.
This is the ultimate in “self serve” meals – prep the ingredients in advance (or get the whole family to help!), then let everyone assemble their own! A great anytime dish but especially great in the summer – bowls lend themselves to outdoor eating and hey, there’s less mess when you serve food in a bowl!
What about you – what’s your kitchen hack to make a favourite dish easier to serve?
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