Sunday, December 29, 2013

Homemade Healthy Taco Seasoning, Soy Sauce Alternative, & Pumpkin Protein Shake

I have worried for a while about the ingredients in pre-packaged taco seasoning. If you read the ingredient label, the first thing listed (which is also the highest concentration in that item) is Maltodextrin. What the heck IS that?

I don’t know, but I knew there had to be a way to make some that is homemade so it’s better for you & cheaper. We eat burritos/soft tacos fairly regularly (we use Ezekial wraps, organic ground turkey, spinach, black beans, & plan Greek yogurt as sour cream), so I was pumped when my friend Heather posted a recipe. I finally got around to making it tonight, & next time I will double the recipe. I mixed all of the following ingredients together, stored it in a mason jar, and sprinkled some in to our ground turkey (to taste- sorry, I don’t really measure stuff). Husband approved! Try it- you probably have all of these ingredients on hand too.

Homemade Taco Seasoning: (makes 1 cup)

  • 1/3 c chili powder
  • 3 TBS onion powder
  • 1 1/2 TBS cumin
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 1 TBS paprika
  • 1 TBS salt

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For the pumpkin protein shake, this seriously couldn’t be ANY easier, & it’s PACKED with nutrition! It’s the perfect meal with 24 g of protein and 24 g of carbs. I know people like to mix it up, and by adding in this one simple ingredient, it doesn’t change that perfect protein to carb ratio. Super YUMMY!!

Pumpkin Protein Shake:

  • 1 packet vanilla meal replacement shake w/ water & ice
  • Sprinkle in Pumpkin Pie Spice to desired taste

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And finally, I am ALL about some Bragg’s! We use the Apple Cider Vinegar (drink 2 TBSP diluted with water) & the Nutritional Yeast Seasoning (sprinkled on veggies- especially yummy on kale chips) every day. My friend Melissa shared a new recipe with us & told me she used Bragg’s Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce. Brilliant!! This will be perfect in our stir fry and the yummy Quinoa ‘Fried Rice’ recipe she shared! Yum!!

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Enjoy!!

4 comments:

christa said...

I started making my own taco seasoning when I went to make tacos and realized that I didn't have any seasoning packets. It's so easy! I just googled taco seasoning recipe and haven't bought it since.

CydneyB said...

I love making my own taco seasoning-- I'll never go back to the store bought stuff again. Your recipe sounds yummy! I add a bit of cornstarch to mine to give the meat a "saucier" texture...more restaurant-style.

Joseph Eterno said...

You said you drink the apple cider vinegar? How much water do you use? I've heard it has great benefits!

life as Mrs. said...

i just made my own taco seasoning too! And yes! why are you drinking apple cider vinegar?! I haven't heard about that one! Oh and p.s.s. So trying the pumpkin shakes tomorrow!..I'm on day 4 :)