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Easy School & Work Lunches; Mini Taco Bowl Recipe

You don't have to be Jamie Oliver to know school lunches are far from nutritious at most public school cafeterias

You can wait for change to come in the schools or you can start your own food revolution at home by preparing healthy, kid friendly foods your kids can take to school in eco-friendly lunch boxes.  

I like bento boxes for school (and work lunches too).  They're great for fun and attractive mini-meals.

If you're looking for some easy and appealing recipes the whole family will enjoy, Kraft features recipes from Mini Taco Bowls to Mini Meat Loaves - and everything in between. 

Recipes featuring small versions of our favorite comnfort foods are big hits in our household.  Quick to make, they're fun and tasty to eat.


Mini Taco Bowls

Mini Taco Bowls

modified from


8 flour tortillas (6 inch)

1 lb. extra-lean ground beef or turkey

1 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Salsa

1/2 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese

2 cups chopped lettuce

1 tomato, chopped

1/4 cup KRAFT Ranch Dressing


HEAT oven to 350°F. MICROWAVE tortillas on HIGH 30 sec. Line each of 8 muffin cups with 1 tortilla. Carefully fold back edges of tortillas, leaving opening in centers for filling. BAKE 10 min.

Meanwhile, brown meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in salsa; bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 10 min.

SPOON meat mixture into tortilla bowls; top with remaining ingredients.  


Serve with your favorite fresh fruit.

If desired, substitute 2 cups shredded cooked chicken for the browned ground beef and sour cream for the dressing.


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