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Taco Lovers Serving Set & Taco Recipes, Classic & Creative

Soft Tacos
[1] You can serve tacos like this… (photo © Roman Odintsov | Pexels).

Prepara Taco Holders
[2] Or you can use these snazzy taco holders, part of a festive taco set (photos #2 through #6 © Prepara).

Prepara Taco Holder
[3] Pattern side up, they hold two tacos.

Prepara Taco Holders
[4] Upside-down, they hold three tacos.

Prepara Boxed Taco Set
[5] The boxed set. See the individual pieces in the photo below.

 

For taco lovers, Prepara’s Taco Gift Set has everything you need to pull off the best taco night ever, be it Taco Tuesday or any other day of the year.

Yes, every day can be a festive day with this charming Taco Gift Set from Prepara. It turns every taco meal into a fiesta.

The colorful set contains dishes for four people (photos #5 and #6):

  • 4 taco holders (right-side-up holds two tacos, but you can turn them upside down to hold three tacos—photos #3 and #4).
  • 4 spoons for filling the shells, spooning salsa, or whatever you like.
  • 1 6″ taco party bowl for toppings or dips.
     
    The dishes have a ceramic look, but everything is made of high-impact, drop-resistant, heavy-weight, dishwasher-safe melamine, which makes them safe for outdoor dining as well.

  • The pieces have traditional Mexican patterns.
  • The taco holders work with both soft and hard taco shells.
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    Is this the gift you’ve been seeking, or the fun dinnerware for your own home? Head to Prepara.com.
     
     
    BEYOND TACO TUESDAY: OCCASIONS TO CELEBRATE 

    • January 25th is National Fish Taco Day.
    • March 21st is National Crunchy Taco Day.
    • In Mexico, Día del Taco (Day of the Taco) is celebrated on March 31st.
    • National Taco Day is October 4th.
    • The history of tacos and Taco Tuesday.

     
    Plus, serve tacos on these Mexican holidays:

    • Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), November 1st & 2nd.
    • Cinco de Mayo, May 5th.
    • Mexican Independence Day, September 15th & 16th.
    • More Mexican holidays.

     
    24 MORE TACO RECIPES: TRADITIONAL & CREATIVE

  • Baja Shrimp Tacos
  • Braised Beef Tacos With Mole Sauce
  • Breakfast Tacos
  • Butternut Squash Tacos Al Pastor
  • Chantarelle Tacos
  • Chicken Pumpkin Tacos
  • Chorizo Tacos
  • Corned Beef & Cabbage Tacos & 15 More Creative Taco Ideas
  • Fish Tacos With Sautéed, Not Fried, Fish
  • Hard Taco Shells
  • How To Build A Taco
  • Hummus Tacos
  • Sashimi Tacos
  • Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos
  • Summer Tacos
  • Taco Party Menu
  • Taco & Wing Party Bar
  • Tacos With Leftovers
  • Surf & Turf Tacos
  • Thanksgiving Leftovers Tacos
  • Turkey Taco Ring
  • Turmeric-Spiced Chicken Tacos
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    Prepara Taco Set
    [6] All of the pieces in the boxed set. There are other pieces, including platters and extra bowls, holders, and spoons, that can be purchased separately at Prepara and on Amazon.
     
     
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    Elvis Presley Birthday Recipes

    January 8th is Elvis Presley’s birthday. The King was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. To celebrate, we’ve got some Elvis Presley recipes for you.

    Elvis’ favorite sandwich was a fried peanut butter sandwich with sliced bananas and bacon. The following recipes carry on the theme.
     
     
    ELVIS TRIBUTE DISHES

  • Elvis Burger
  • Elvis Cheeseburger
  • Elvis Presley Birthday Sundae
  • Peanut Butter Banana Cake
  • Peanut Butter & Banana Quesadilla
  • Check out the Elvis Grilled Cheese Sandwich in the photo.
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    Elvis Presley Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
    How about an Elvis grilled cheese sandwich: bread spread with peanut butter, cheese (we like Brie), bacon, and slices of banana (photo © Hipsubwg.Blogspot).

     

     
     

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    Green Bean Tempura Recipe For National Tempura Day

    Tempura Green Beans Recipe For National Tempura Day
    [1] Tempura green beans (photo © Southern Selects).

    Tempura Green Beans Recipe
    [2] Tempura green beans served in a basket, like fries (photo © The Tuck Room | NYC).

    Shishito Pepper Tempura
    [3] Shishito peppers tempura. Here’s the recipe (photo © A Spicy Perspective).

     

    January 7th is National Tempura Day, and while you can head to your nearest Japanese restaurant, you can make Tempura Green Beans at home. This recipe, with Spicy Sriracha Mayo Dip, is courtesy of Southern Selects, which makes it with French green beans.

    What’s the difference between French green beans and regular green beans?

    French green beans, called haricots verts in French, are slightly longer and skinnier than regular green beans and may be a little bit more expensive. They are both the same genus and species* but haricots verts are harvested earlier than regular green beans, so they are more tender and more flavorful.

    > The history of tempura.

    > The history of sriracha sauce.
     
     
    RECIPE: GREEN BEAN TEMPURA 
     
    Ingredients

  • 8 ounces green beans or haricots verts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1½ cups cold sparkling water
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
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    For The Sriracha Mayonnaise (Spicy Dipping Sauce)

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoonsp soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha hot sauce
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    Preparation

    1. MAKE the sriracha mayonnaise dipping sauce. Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

    2. PREPARE the green beans. Whisk together the dry ingredients until well combined, then whisk in the sparkling water. Do not overmix or the dough will become tough and chewy.

    3. DIP the beans in the batter, shaking off excess batter. Fry them in vegetable oil at 375°F in batches, for 2 to 3 minutes, turning as necessary until golden and the beans are tender and crisp.

    3. TRANSFER the beans to a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil.

    4. SERVE the hot beans with the sauce on the side.
     
     
    MORE TEMPURA RECIPES 

  • Classic Tempura With Ponzu Sauce
  • Fish & Chips With Tempura Batter
  • Red Curry Shrimp With Plantain Tempura
  • Vegetables For Tempura
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    *Green beans Order Fabaceae, Subfamily Faboideae, Genus Phaseolus,
    Species vulgaris. The genus and species are abbreviated as P. vulgaris.

     

     
     

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    Zero Carbs, Zero Allergens, Delicious Chicken Pizza Crust

    Want a pizza with more protein? With no gluten or other allergens? With zero carbs? Meet the Chicken Pizza Crust from Z C Lyfe Foods. The Z C stands for zero carbs.

    As January 5th is National Keto Day, it’s a perfect choice for our Top Pick Of The Week. But you don’t have to eat a keto diet to adore these pizza crusts (there’s more about the keto diet below).

    The crusts don’t taste like chicken. The taste sensation is crispy. They’re as thin as a tortilla (and also able to be used for burritos, chilaquiles [recipe #3 below], nachos, and other creations).

    As previously mentioned, the guilt-free Chicken Crust Pizzas are zero-carb. They’re also grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, optionally (depending on your toppings) dairy-free, and high-protein.
     
     
    WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THE CRUSTS? 

    The pizza crusts are made with just four ingredients: chicken breast, olive oil, salt, and spices.

    There are no fillers, binders, nuts, or soy. The crusts are the very definition of all-natural, allergen-free, and diet-friendly.

    For people who have been avoiding carbs and grains, they’re way more interesting than cauliflower crusts.

    The 8″ diameter personal-size frozen plain crusts are meant for your own toppings (photo #2).

    Each plain crust has 220 calories, 41g protein 5g Fat, 0g total carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 0g sugar alcohol, and 0g net carbs.

    Or, you can purchase topped pizzas that are ready-to-bake and eat (photos #8 and #9).

    Z C LYFE is the first packaged-food brand to develop a pizza crust using premium chicken breasts as the base ingredient. They are well worth your while to try.

    • Here’s a store locator.
    • You can also purchase them from the company’s website.
    • As a grocery item, the crusts are not inexpensive, about $10 per crust.
    • In terms of gustatory enjoyment for people with dietary restrictions, they’re worth it!

     
     
    HOW DO YOU USE THE CRUSTS? 

    To make a pizza, simply place the plain crust on a sheet pan and bake it for 6-8 minutes. Then take it out, add your toppings, and bake it again for another 6-8 minutes. A delicious pizza awaits.

    Alternatively, the ready-to-bake pizzas (next section) require no pre-baking and are ready in 15 minutes.
     
     
    READY-TO-BAKE PIZZAS 

    In addition to plain crusts, there are currently two flavors that are topped and ready to bake:

    • Beef and Cheese Pizza: chicken crust topped with tomato sauce, seasoned beef topping, and mozzarella cheese (photo #9).
    • Buffalo Chicken Pizza: chicken crust topped with Buffalo sauce, Buffalo chicken breast strips, and mozzarella cheese.
    • Two new flavors will be launching soon: Beef Bacon and Jalapeño, and a Cheese pizza to enjoy plain or with a few of your favorite toppings.

     
    Nutrition facts: 480 calories, 38g protein, 33g fat, 4g total carbs, 1g fiber, 2g total sugars, 145 mg cholesterol.
     
     
    RECIPE #1: BUTTERNUT SQUASH PIZZA  

    Here’s a perfect seasonal recipe. Pick as many of the ingredients as you like to build your custom pizza.

    Ingredients

    • ​Zero Carb Chicken Crust
    • Smoked or regular mozzarella, sliced or shredded
    • Roasted butternut squash (instructions below)
    • Caramelized onions (instructions below)
    • Chopped cooked bacon or sausage
    • Finely chopped clove of garlic
    • Rosemary leaves, main stem removed
    • Garnish: a handful of baby arugula, baby spinach, or chopped kale

     
    Preparation

    1. ROAST the butternut squash. Peel the squash and remove the seeds. Cut the flesh into cubes and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 35 minutes at 400°F.

    2. CUT a large onion in half and then in half again, and slice. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a pan, add the onions, and stir for about 20 minutes until caramelized.

    3. PRE-COOK the Zero Carb Chicken Crust at 450°F for 8 minutes. Top with the caramelized onions and other ingredients of choice, ending with the mozzarella on top. Return to the oven until the mozzarella melts.

    4. REMOVE from the oven and top with the green garnish.
     
     
    RECIPE #2: CARAMELIZED ONION, PROSCIUTTO, & GOAT CHEESE PIZZA 

    Thanks to @msstephwillis for this recipe.
     
    Ingredients Per Serving

    • ​Zero Carb Chicken Crust
    • ​Minced garlic to taste
    • ​Olive oil
    • ​2 medium onions, caramelized
    • ​Fresh baby arugula
    • ​Goat cheese log
    • Prosciutto
    • ​Balsamic glaze*

    Preparation

    1.​ PRE-BAKE the crust for 6-8 minutes at 450°F to ensure a crisper crust.

    ​2. DRIZZLE the baked crust with olive oil and cover it with minced garlic and caramelized onions. Layer the prosciutto and goat cheese and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes

    ​3. TOP with the balsamic drizzle and fresh arugula.
     
     
    RECIPE #3: CHICKEN CRUST CHILAQUILES

    See photo #7.
     
    Ingredients Per Serving

    • ​Zero Carb Chicken Crust
    • Red salsa
    • Garnishes: crumbled queso fresco, chopped red onion, sliced avocado, cilantro, fried egg
       

    Preparation

    1.​ PRE-BAKE the crust for 6-8 minutes at 450°F and cut it into tortilla chip-type slices. Spoon salsa red over each chip, then warm these chips in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

    3. GARNISH AND SERVE.
     
     
    WHAT IS A KETO DIET? 

    The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.

    It has become popular as a way to lose weight, but it was originally developed to help manage epilepsy. It also may help people with heart disease, certain brain diseases, and even acne. Here’s more about it.
     
     
     

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    Z C Lyfe Guilt Free Pizza
    [1] A plain crust topped with cheese and cherry tomatoes (all photos © Z C Lyfe Foods.

    Carb Free Pizza Crust
    [2] The plain crust needs to be pre-baked for 8 minutes, and is then ready to top.

    Z C Lyfe Chicken Crust
    [3] Eight minutes later, the pre-baked crust, thin and crispy.

    Z C Lyfe Pizza Crust With Toppings
    [4] Ready to assemble the goat cheese and prosciutto pizza in Recipe #2, below.

    Z C Lyfe Gluten Free Pizza With Sausage
    [5] A white pizza with the plain crust topped with mozzarella, barbecue beef, spinach, and tomato.

    Carb-Free Pizza, Also Gluten Free
    [6] A plain crust topped with red sauce, broccoli, and red onion.

    Chicken Crust Chilaquiles
    [7] Chilaquiles (recipe #3).

    Guilt Free Chicken Crust Pizza
    [8] Ready-to-bake pizzas: Just pop them into the oven.

    Chicken Crust Pizza With Beef Topping
    [9] The ready-to-bake pizza with beef topping, after 15 minutes in the oven.

     

      

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    FOOD FUN: Pancake Spaghetti For National Spaghetti Day

    Here’s some fun for National Spaghetti Day, January 4th: pancake spaghetti. A trend that started on Tik-Tok, pancake spaghetti is thin strips of pancake batter made in the thickness of spaghetti.

    Once the strips are cooked all the way through on a griddle, you put them in a bowl and “sauce” them with your syrup of choice or powdered sugar.

    And perhaps some banana slices, a few berries, or even slices of sausage instead of meatballs.

    The dish was invented for his kids by Steven Archuleta, who called them squiggle cakes.

    But Tik Tok users renamed them pancake spaghetti.

    All you need is a griddle, simple pancake batter, and a plastic-sealed bag, plus toppings. Are you ready for some food fun?

    If not today, then National Pancake Day is September 26th.

    > The history of pancakes.

    > The different types of pancakes.

    > The history of spaghetti.
     
     
    RECIPE: PANCAKE SPAGHETTI

    Ingredients 

  • Pancake batter
  • Butter for grill
  • Syrup, compote, powdered sugar, or other toppings
  • Garnish: banana slices, berries, sausage slices
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    Preparation

    The thickness and length of the pancake spaghetti are based on your personal preference.

    However, the thicker the strip, the longer it will take to cook through (and could potentially burn the bottom of the spaghetti if you don’t keep a close watch).

    1. MIX the batter and pour it into a plastic food storage bag. Tightly seal the bag. Alternatively, you can use a squeeze bottle.

    2. CUT a very small hole in a corner of the bag.

    3. GREASE a griddle with butter and heat over low heat. Start to pipe thin strips of pancake batter across the griddle. Do not flip the strips, but let them cook through.

    This helps to keep the strips pliable (another reason not to make thicker pancake spaghetti). Flipping them can make them too crispy so you won’t be able to twirl them like spaghetti.

    Once the batter is cooked…

    4. USE tongs to pick up the strands and twirl them into a bowl. Garnish as desired.

    Here’s a video from the inventors of pancake spaghetti, Steven and Briana Archuleta.

     

    Spaghetti Pancakes Recipe
    [1] Pancake spaghetti (photo © Briana Archuleta | Tik Tok).

    Spaghetti Pancakes Recipe
    [2] The thinner the strands of batter, the more “twirlable” the “spaghetti” (photos #2 and #3 © Heather Martin).

    Spaghetti Pancakes Recipe
    [3] Use your favorite pancake batter: plain, flavored, or chocolate.

     

     
     

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