Gentleman@Home

Not-Your-Father’s Taco Salad

Posted on June 22, 2017

We launched this website about four years ago. At the time, we were single gentlemen about town. In the interim, we met a wonderful woman, with whom we eventually entered wedded bliss.

Yesterday, our wife looked at G@H’s Instragram biography. It reads: “Caves are for bears 🐻 and stalagmites, not men. We dedicate this forum to the ManHome 🏠 and all those leading lives of gentlemanly distinction. 💼👞🍖🏈”

“Is it still a ManHome even though I live here?” she asked. That raises a perfectly fair question. But, to us, G@H represents more than simple living arrangements. It celebrates the holistic man. It recognizes that men have dynamic, intersecting passions.

We can enjoy baking bread and watching football. Men garden. We cook. Men play sports. We drink beer. Men design, and we build. Being manly isn’t binary. Creativity is compatible with masculinity.

Too often, websites geared toward men play on tired stereotypes. They objectify women, or they idolize adolescence. Even when venturing outside the zone of machismo, such as with cooking or design, they treat men as obtuse creatures who given the opportunity to screw things up probably will.

G@H is different. It doesn’t patronize men. Instead, G@H honors all those leading lives of gentlemanly distinction. It shares insight. It endorses the artisanal. It champions the unique.

So, despite being married, and despite sharing a domicile with a member of the female persuasion, we still consider our house a ManHome–though not to the exclusion of our wife and her styles and tastes.

And, of course, this website has evolved. She influences it (for the better). We consult on furniture purchases. She identifies and advises against bad ideas. She suggests article topics. And, like us, she enjoys cooking. She does eat healthier than we do. Smaller portions. Less red meat. More vegetables. That’s probably a good thing.

On a recent evening, our wife handled dinner preparations. She informed us that we’d be having taco salad. That concerned us. We envisioned a taco shell bowl filled with grease and sour cream. But, we should learn—or should have already learned—to simply trust her judgment because this taco salad was not that taco salad. This taco salad had cherry tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, avocado and ground turkey with taco seasoning. It was fresh, crisp and made for a pleasant summer dinner.

Not-Your-Father’s Taco Salad

Ingredients

  • One cup romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Half a red onion, chopped
  • One red bell pepper, chopped
  • One orange bell pepper, chopped
  • One avocado, chopped
  • One pound of ground turkey meat
  • One taco seasoning packet
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • Greek yogurt, for topping
  • Taco sauce, for topping
  • Whole grain tortilla chips, for serving

Directions

Brown turkey in a pan. Add taco seasoning and cook according to package instructions.

Put lettuce on the bottom of serving dish. Layer vegetables, meat, and cheese. Top with Greek yogurt and taco sauce according to personal taste. Serve with a few tortilla chips on the side to add the crunch factor.

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