Kid-Friendly Taco Pasta

I can’t believe the summer is nearly over. The busy school year has begun and the stresses of having dinner on the table is a forever ongoing problem. 

We are at almost a month since my oldest has begun his college career 6 hours away. It has been so strange not having to grocery shop for him, and not having to cook extra to make sure everyone has enough to eat. We did get to enjoy his company for Labor Day weekend and boy was I reminded how much he eats. He was so happy to have a full belly at every meal. 

Now my job is to get my picky teenager to start eating meals that are healthy and that follow my guidelines of what I want to eat too. I am a picky eater, I tend to eat the same things over and over again so my son and I are alike when it comes to eating. 

I love this one skillet meal. It is so simple to cook and takes no time at all. This one took a quick 30 minutes. 

There isn’t much prep for this meal. The most work would be to dice your onions. I love to keep diced onions in a bag in the freezer so I don’t have to cut an onion all the time. Onions make this dish sweet and savory. But if you don’t like onions you can certainly leave them out. 

Cauliflower Rice- This is my secret for my picky kid to eat more veggies. The cauliflower rice can not be seen once cooked and you really can’t taste it. This is an optional ingredient to add more veggies to your diet. 

Avocado Oil– Once I became a Certified Health Coach I took vegetable oil out of our kitchen. Avocado oil is a much healthier alternative, it is a high heat oil and it has no taste. It can be expensive so it will be fine for you to use vegetable oil. 

Whole Wheat Pasta– I often hear people talking about how much they don’t like whole wheat. I use it in all of my pasta dishes and my kid or my husband really can’t tell the difference. I like whole wheat because I get the added fiber with it and it doesn’t seem to bloat me like the enriched white pasta. It does take some time to get used to it but give it a try and I bet you will learn to love it! 

This would also be a great meal for meal prep! When I have a pasta dish on my meal for the week, I will eat the pasta for lunch and then choose a dinner that is lower in carbs. Don’t be afraid to eat carbs. They are good for keeping up you energy, and great to keep your brain clear and healthy. 

Taco Pasta

This is a quick one skillet meal. It is a 30 minute meal and is full of veggies that your picky kid will never know is in it. It is perfect for a busy weekday where you are exhausted and don't want to cook a big meal. Pair it with salad and bread and it is perfect!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 335 kcal


  • 1 12-inch skillet with lid
  • 1 cheese grater if you are using block cheese
  • 1 Cutting board


  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb turkey meat or ground beef
  • 1 cup cauliflower rice optional
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups whole wheat spiral pasta
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese


  • Add oil and heat up in your skillet
  • Add onions, and tomatoes, cook down for 2-5 minutes
  • Add turkey meat and cauliflower rice and cook until meat is no longer pink
  • Add taco seasoning, pasta, water and tomato sauce and stir well. Be sure the pasta is under all of the liquid.
  • Cover, bring to a boil then lower to simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until pasta is fully cooked.
  • Remove from heat and add ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese, stir until cheese is melted.
  • Top with remaining cheese, cover the skillet until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving size is about a cup. You can top with any toppings, avocado, guacamole, sour cream, Pico de Gallo, hot sauce are some great choices. 
Keyword 30 minute meal-kid friendly, 30 minute meals, crazy busy mama recipes, healthy meals for busy moms, how to eat healhty on a busy schedule, kid approved, make ahead meals for busy moms, picky eater approved

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