Parenting is this fierce beast that loves to prove I know nothing. I’m constantly thinking “I’ve got this” only to run into a situation that leaves me on my face wondering why God gave me 3 kids. Luckily, grace came in the form of tacos today. Pineapple Lime Jamaican Tacos to be more specific.
Nap time was a dance between my little girl crawling out of her bed to put EVERY.SINGLE.STUFFED ANIMAL. in with her and me naively thinking I could put her to bed and she’d go to sleep right away. I had planned on being so productive during her nap time. Alas, I was only productive at walking into her room in shifts saying the same things over and over again. “Rori, it’s nigh-night time. Lay down and go to sleep.” Three seconds later I could hear little feet running over to her toy box to see if she could sneak any more dollies into bed. Giggling the whole way. I love her joy, but man alive I needed her to sleep!
She finally passed out on the floor with stuffed animals all around her. Don’t judge-this is real life here. Toddlers are not meant to be controlled. There is no way I was going to attempt putting her back in her bed. Sleep won out, and that was all she needed.
I entered the kitchen starving, hoping for something quick. While perusing my fridge I remembered the pineapple sitting on my counter. Immediately creative thoughts flowed and before I knew it tacos were happening.
What is it about new ideas that grab us like a bear hug and a shot of espresso all at once?
Lime was in hand, being freshly squeezed over grilled ham and black beans with a few red bell peppers tossed in. The notion to turn paleo mayo into more of a crème flew in my brain like a train I just had to jump on. My blender started up and diced pineapple was thrown in with more lime and some wild seasonings that just “felt” right.
The only thing better than a new idea is trying that new idea. Eating these tacos eased my frustration with stuffed animals and the notion that my daughter is against me when she doesn’t sleep. I know that’s not true. She never does anything at me, things just affect me because we are family. But emotions are funny things and they can sway me away from truth if I’m not careful.
Look at these tacos. Fresh, clean, and beautiful. Just like the new idea that birthed them.
Cook the ham, black beans, onion and bell pepper on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until cooked through.
Add in the lime, pineapple, and seasonings.
Cook for another 3 minutes on low, allowing the foods to blend together.
Remove from heat, place the taco filling on 2 corn tortillas. Sprinkle fresh cilantro over them.
Dollop the crème on top and enjoy! Nothing can ruin your day now!!
For The Pineapple Lime Crème
Using a blender, add in the coconut milk, paleo mayo, honey and lime.
Blend for 10-15 seconds.
Now toss in the pineapple and salt.
Blend for another 10-15 seconds.
Use immediately or store for 5 days in the fridge.
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