October 14, 2010
Would you eat a spaghetti taco?


Spaghetti tacos anyone?

Fox40 asked me to come on Wednesday during their "Your Family" segment and talk with Rosemary Orozco about spaghetti tacos, the oddball dish that has infiltrated homes across the country thanks to Nickelodeon's hit show iCarly.

Here's the back story: In an iCarly episode, the brother of the main character, Carly Shay, makes spaghetti tacos for dinner. Children and tweens have been begging their parents to make the meal ever since. The New York Times featured the trend last week in its Dining & Wine section.

I offered up some ways parents could spike spaghetti tacos with more healthful ingredients, if desired (but let's face it, if you're making spaghetti and stuffing it into a tortilla shell, there's only so much nutrition involved). Use whole wheat noodles or the pasta that has added Omega-3s. If incorporating meat into the sauce, try turkey instead of beef. Throw some mushrooms and pureed carrots into the sauce.

What I didn't anticipate, however, was having to taste the tacos. Orozco seemed to like them and took one with her when the segment ended. As for me, I'll stick to spaghetti or tacos.

Have you or your children tried spaghetti tacos? What do you think of the dish?

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