I’m happy to report that we’ve made it through our first real Boston blizzard. There’s still so much snow outside (and it’s snowing right now), but aside from the bunches of snow, it was pretty uneventful. Wonderfully uneventful, actually. We certainly prepared for the blizzard like any normal people would: filled up extra bottles of water, made sure we had a few gallons of milk in the refrigerator, and then I baked cookies and bread like it was my day job. We went to bed on Monday night feeling proud of our preparations. What responsible adults we are, we thought. Then we probably high-fived.
Fortunately, we didn’t end up losing power, but we did get lots of snow. And snow days, it seems, have a way of making you forget how to act like a normal grown-up. We played outside for a bit, watched TV for a bit. The kids were eating and napping on a normal schedule (we’re not crazy people!), but Jared and I pretty much lost all sense of space and time. By Tuesday night, once we had the kids in bed and sat down on the couch for our collective “whew,” we tallied up our food consumption for the day: six pieces of toast, six cookies, three lattes — each. Each! Honestly, we regretted nothing, but Wednesday morning protein was absolutely essential, lest we wish to battle a bad case of hangry alongside our second cup of coffee.
Breakfast burritos are usually our go-to method of restoring order after a glorious day of carbs and sugar, but this week we threw corn tortillas in the mix and made some pretty awesome breakfast tacos as a result. We really don’t follow a specific recipe, but we have developed a pretty trusty formula for success. Just make sure your final dish includes one or more ingredients from each of the categories below, and you’re golden. To build the perfect breakfast tacos, you’ll need:
Something hearty: By hearty, I pretty much mean protein filled: black beans, pinto beans, eggs, etc.
Something fresh: Think lettuce, green onions, peppers or tomatoes. Corn would be good, too. Or some other in-season veg.
Something spicy: Jared’s big on chipotle Tabasco sauce. I’m a fan of chili sour cream and salsa (see recipe on photo below). Use whatever strikes your fancy.
Something fun: This is your classic “miscellaneous” category, but don’t confuse miscellaneous with unnecessary. Some of your best stuff is here! How about bacon? And if not bacon (why not bacon?!?), try sautéed peppers and onions, fried potatoes, cheese or something unexpected.
Something to wrap it all up: Flour tortillas, corn tortillas or go super health-foodie with Bibb lettuce leaves. Basically, you just need a vessel for all those good fillings.
Not only is this meal perfect for shaking a case of the hangries, but it’s also great for feeding a crowd and pretty inexpensive, too. Just get all of your ingredients ready at the same time, and let everyone pick and choose what they like. Easy, right? It’s like dinner for breakfast! Now go forth, and eat cookies for lunch.