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Change up Cinco De Mayo this year with my make ahead, toddler approved taco bites!
These taco bites are the perfect blend between Taco Tuesday and creative holiday made up of taco ingredients swirled inside of a puff pastry, all found at your local Fred Meyer & QFC!
I usually do all of my holiday shopping between the two stores, but this weekend we’re heading out to the Coast for a little weekend getaway, so you know what that means.
Gotta get on that make ahead meal prep!
And these taco bites are perfect for that.
So earlier this week I stopped in at my favorite Fred Meyer store and snagged what all I needed to make up this taco bite perfection.
Fresh Simple Truth baby spinach and limes from the impeccable Fred Meyer produce department, Simple Truth 93% lean ground turkey from the meat department, reduced fat Kroger shredded cheese from dairy, canned tomatoes with chillies and olives from grocery, and then puff pastry sheets from the frozen department. That is all you need for these super yummy taco bites!
I also checked out their Cinco De Mayo set ups. I love how into the holidays their stores get. I didn’t need any avocados for this recipe, but I did snag some because they were calling me!
Anyways, I was still in and out of the store as quickly as always. Might have something to do with not having the twins with me, but either way it’s nice not to spend forever in a check stand.
When I was home and ready to get these taco bites started for our trip, I began by letting the pastry dough thaw out. It will need to be still cold, but soft enough to roll out without tearing. I left it out for about 30 minutes? However long it took for a twin bath, change and putting them down for a nap.
Don’t let the dough intimidate you though. I promise it is not hard to work with at all!
Heat up a skillet with a drop of olive oil over medium high heat and start cooking the ground turkey. I opted for Simple Truth 93% lean ground turkey.
When the turkey is browned, turn down the heat to medium and add in 1/4 cup of taco seasoning (or one packet) as well as 1/2 cup of water. Stir until fully combined and once it is, add in the tomatoes, olives and spinach. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat for about five minutes before turning the burner off.
Now is time to roll out the pastry. Sprinkle some flour on your countertop and open up the sheet so it is flat on the counter. Roll out until the sheet is a large rectangle.
Then add the filling. Your filling should not be super wet. If it is, drain it then plop half of the mix on top of the pastry (saving the other half for the other pastry) and smooth out so its covering all of the surface area, but leaving about 1/2 an inch on one of the long ends. That is where we will seal up the pastry after rolling.
Go ahead and start on the side without the 1/2 inch of blank space and begin rolling up the dough like cinnamon rolls. Once you’re at the ends, wet your finger tips and pinch the blank part of the pastry to the roll to seal everything in.
Repeat these steps with the other pastry dough sheet.
Then using a serrated knife, slice 1/2 inch rolls out of the dough and place on greased cookie sheet. Between the each pastry dough roll will make about 16 bites.
Cook at 400 degrees for about ten minutes, or until starting to brown.
Serve right away for a toddler approved Cinco De Mayo appetizer, or let cool completely before placing in storage containers for a make ahead snack. Use foil to create layers so they do not stick to each other inside of the storage containers.
Here is the gist of what to do inside of a pinnable Pinterest pin recipe card:
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