I get tired of Taco Tuesday, but variation comes with a challenge. Taco Tuesday is looked forward to by the little monsters and produces joyful cheering by all. I know if I’m going to try to switch things up, it better be good! I didn’t think taco pastries would disappoint. Yes, it did complicate things a bit, but not by much. Cutting those shells out of the package annoys me and getting my hands on some dough is always a bit satisfying, especially when I’m not making it from scratch. Preheat oven to 350º. Heat about 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet. Slice 1/2 onion, thinly. Brown onion in heated skillet until onion starts to brown. Add 1/2 lb very lean ground beef. I use organic. Once beef is browned and no pink remains, add 1 package of reduced-sodium taco seasoning and 1/4 cup canned tomatoes with sauce. Break up any large pieces of tomatoes with spatula and combine well. Add 1 can rinsed and drained black beans and 1 can rinsed and drained corn into skillet. Mix well. Maintain at medium-low temperature, stirring occasionally while preparing pastry. Roll out slightly thawed pie crusts onto a cutting board and slice into squares or rectangles. I used three boxes, so about 6 pie crusts for a family of 6 and we had plenty of leftovers. We even froze several tarts for lunches, after school snacks or a last minute dinner. Place one layer of cut crust onto a parchment or silicone mat-lined baking sheet. Top each square with 2 heaping Tbsp of beef, onion, bean and corn mixture. Top taco mixture with about 1 Tbsp of shredded cheese. I used Mexican blend but, any shredded cheese will do. *something you may not know: beans make a superior plant-based meat substitute as they are packed with protein, folate, fiber, iron, potassium, B vitamins and antioxidants! Plus, they’re low in fat! Beans prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol, fight cancer, manage diabetes and can even help you lose weight! These were a hit! Time savers: Use dehydrated onion or onion powder as a substitute for fresh (use 1 Tbsp dried, minced onion or 1/2 Tbsp onion powder). Stack pastry sheets to cut all at once. The egg wash can be skipped and you can use a store bought guacamole of choice instead of chopping fresh avocados.