So you're finally headed home. If you're anything like me, you're hungry and you want to have a nice dinner with little to no prepping, especially after a long day at work. A quick fix would be grabbing fast food or going out to a restaurant for a meal. But how often have you done that lately? What if I told you a quick grocery store haul and a 5-minute prep is all you need for tonight's dinner. AND there will be plenty of leftovers to give you dinner for the next few nights? Let's talk tacos.
Tacos are so versatile since you can pretty much put whatever you want in them. It's also a great way to clean out your fridge if you have leftover veggies and protein. Everyone seems to love tacos nowadays, but I honestly don't think they love tacos like us Texans love tacos.
Grocery Haul - GAME PLAN
Depending on how flexible your work schedule is, going to the grocery store during your lunch break or between 4:00-4:45pm would be most ideal since there will be less people at the store so you can get through the grocery line quicker. The plan is to purchase as much pre-made/pre-washed items as possible to save yourself time from prepping. IF you get off work at 5:00pm or later, here's your game plan:
Once you've survived the hustle and bustle of the grocery store and made it home safely, it's assembly time!
I wouldn't be a dietitian if I didn't get into the nutrient content of what you're eating, right? Let's talk about tortillas today.
There's a reason I suggested corn tortillas over flour tortillas. To keep it consistent, I compared only Mission brand tortillas. Here's a quick table:
Corn tortillas are amazingly low in sodium which is not the case with its flour counterpart. Getting pre-made foods at the grocery store is convenient, but sodium will most likely be high for those products. Using corn tortillas will help balance your sodium consumption during dinner.
Why is sodium a concern? Americans consume an average of 3,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day, but the daily recommendation of sodium is 2,300 mg which is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of salt. If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), it is recommended to keep sodium under 1,500 mg per day. Keeping sodium in check in your diet can help maintain your heart health and keep blood pressure in check.
With the corn tortilla's additional benefits of lower calories, fat, and carbohydrates, you're free to load on heart-healthy fats from the avocado in the guacamole, enjoy the antioxidant power of lycopene found in the salsa's tomatoes, and feel fullness from the chicken. If you added corn or black beans to them, you're getting some good fiber in which will help with your digestion and promote a healthy gut!
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Jane Pelcher, RDN
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist focused on helping everyone love nutrition through cooking! My blogs provide new home cooks with basic cooking skills and grocery shopping tips. Most importantly, I strive to teach the nutrition behind the foods you cook to help you understand how specific foods can better your health and prevent chronic diseases. I hope you embark on this journey with me!