Thanks to General Mills for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
My son will be starting public Pre-K next year, and he’s really excited about the whole idea of going to school. He looks up to our neighbor’s 3 boys (ages 7, 9 and 13) who are “big kids” that get to go to school and do all the fun things that he hopes to do one day.
His friends are heading back to school for the year, and we thought it would be fun to do something to help contribute to the school district that he’ll be attending
way too soon.
I’ve seen Box Tops for Education on lots of items at the grocery store for years now, but this year is the first time that I really thought about the impact it would have on our specific school district. For those of you who are unfamiliar with them, Box Tops are little labels on that you’ll see on a whole slew of products at the grocery store.
To redeem Box Tops, you simply clip the labels off of the packaging and send them to your local school. Each Box Top is worth $0.10 for your child’s school, and over 80,000 K-8 schools participate in the program nationwide. Schools can use that money to buy whatever they need (school supplies, field trips, technology, etc.). It’s a total win/win!
Walmart is currently running a campaign featuring Bonus Box Tops on select General Mills products. Each of these packages offer 5 points instead of 1 – that’s $0.50 per package to go toward a school you love.
I took my son on a shopping trip for a game of “find the 5s” so we could collect some Bonus Box Tops the neighbor kids to bring to school. He had an absolute blast hunting for the labels and pushing the shopping cart all over the store.
Like seriously, every… single… aisle.
Side note: I am *not* allowed to help him push the cart when we’re out. He gets very upset when I try to help him steer or stop it while he’s pushing. He swears that he won’t run anyone over, and the fact that he can’t see over the top of the cart doesn’t seem to matter to him.
I decided to make dinner using one of my absolute favorite new products (that just so happened to be one of the Bonus Box Tops items from our haul) – Old El Paso Soft Tortilla Taco Boats. I’ve been seriously obsessed with them since I first found them at the store several months ago. I even buy them in bulk at the wholesale club when I find them (4 packs per box – whoohoo!).
Soft tacos can be so messy, but these hold everything together beautifully. I’ve made taco boats for friends a few times, and the tortillas have totally blown their minds.
What can I say? I kind of love being the person to bring such taco joy to their lives ;).
For this particular taco dinner, I decided to do something different than the standard meaty tacos that I make on busy weeknights. I had some tofu in the fridge, and I thought it would be delicious in addition to black beans using the same taco seasoning that I usually use with ground beef or turkey.
I also wanted to change up my usual taco toppings (lettuce, tomato, red onion, cheddar cheese, sour cream, hot sauce) and went for a refreshing, fruity salsa on top. My grocery store had some insanely ripe mangos, which worked beautifully with the crunchy jicama and spicy serrano pepper.
We spooned a bit of plain Greek yogurt on top, but feel free to omit it if you want to keep this meal vegan. This was a super fun twist on a favorite taco dinner, and it’s one that I’ll definitely be making again!
Try a meat-free spin on Taco Tuesday with this deliciously addictive sweet-and-spicy flavor combination.
- 14 ounce package firm tofu
- 2 tablespoons oilve oil
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 15.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (1 ounce) package Old El Paso Original Taco Seasoning Mix
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups jicama, peeled and diced small
- 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1 small serrano pepper, seeded and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
- 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups ripe mango, peeled and diced small (1–2 mangoes)
- Zest of 1 lime (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Old El Paso Soft Tortilla Taco Boats
- Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream (optional)
- Lime wedges (optional)
- Prepare tofu: Drain tofu and blot dry with paper towels. Cut tofu crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Place a double layer of paper towels on a cutting board and lay the tofu slices in a single layer on top of it. Top with another double layer of paper towels and lay another cutting board or baking sheet on top. Grab a few cans or other heavy items from your pantry and place them on top to weigh down the tofu. Let sit for 30 minutes.
- Make salsa: While the tofu is being pressed, Mix all of the salsa ingredients in a large bowl. Let sit so the flavors combine while you cook the taco filling.
- Prepare taco filling: Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over moderate heat. Remove paper towels from tofu and cut each piece into 1/2-inch cubes. Place tofu in the hot oil and season with salt and pepper. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the tofu is golden brown on all sides.
- Add drained black beans and taco seasoning to the tofu and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, another 3-4 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced to a sauce on the beans and tofu. Remove from heat.
- To serve: Place a few scoops of the tofu mixture in each taco boat and top with salsa. Garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream and lime wedges, if desired. Enjoy!
Original Recipe by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen – Ashley Covelli
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.