Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Twist on Tacos

It was a great weekend to plan some fun activities with the kids, as we had no plans at all!  We opted for some "active" activities that are hard for one person to tackle alone with the three kiddos.  Yesterday we took the kids to our local YMCA for some swimming time.  They enjoyed it and slept quite well.  Note to self:  good idea to wear them out!  Today we hit a park at our school and played a family game of baseball.  The kids thought it was pretty funny to see Mommy hitting the ball!  We also worked on our climbing muscles.  They should sleep well tonight, too.

Today is a perfect summer day for grilling.  Tonight we are having a delicious grilled chicken taco recipe for dinner that one of our dear friends made for one of our family dinners before we moved.  For some reason Mexican food is a big hit in our household for most of the crew, so we seem to incorporate it into our menu at least once a week.  Tonight we're moving away from the spiciness and trying something more sweet and refreshing.  The recipe is from Taste of Home and is delicious!

Summertime Chicken Tacos

1/3 c. olive oil
1/4 c. lime juice
4 garlic gloves minced
1 t. minced parsley or 1 t. dried parsley flakes
1 t. ground cumin (we omit)
1 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. salt, optional
1/4 t. ground pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 flour tortillas (8 inches) or taco shells warmed
Toppings of your choice

In a large, resealable plastic bag combine first 8 ingredients; add chicken.  Seal bag and and turn to coat.  Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.

Drain and discard marinade.  Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.  Grill chicken, uncovered, medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170 degrees.  Cut into thin strips; serve in tortilla or taco shells with desired toppings.  Serves 6.

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