Easy Clean Taco Seasoning Recipe

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One of my favorite parts about eating clean is updating some of my old favorite foods and recipes by substitutions and modifications. I can enjoy just about everything I always did, but in a new healthier way. Everything from pizza to tacos and more.

Everyone loves taco night right? But have you looked on the back of those taco packets and read the ingredients? Can you pronounce everything they put in there? Taco seasoning is so easy to make and tastes so much better than the packets, plus you know exactly what you are putting into your body.


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2   tbsp Chili Powder

1   tbsp Cumin

2   tsp Black Pepper

2   tsp Sea Salt (I like Pink Himalayan Salt)

1    tsp Garlic Powder

1    tsp Paprika

½   tsp Arrowroot Powder (or Corn Starch)

½  tsp Onion Powder

½  tsp Oregano

½  tsp Red Pepper Flakes

¼  tsp Cayenne (for more heat, add more Cayenne)



Mix all ingredients together and store in a glass container. Add 2 tbsp seasoning & 1/3 cup water to 1 lb. browned ground beef and simmer for 5 minutes. You can also add to chicken, vegetables, or anything else you’d like and enjoy!


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Happy Belly on Vine is a clean eating restaurant on Vine St. in OTR. With limited healthy food options downtown, Happy Belly’s mission is to provide you with nutritious clean food where every single ingredient in their kitchen is picked out with a purpose. You won’t find any empty calories or artificial ingredients at Happy Belly. In fact, most of their ingredients are locally sourced, allowing them to hand-pick only the finest, most nutritious ingredients.


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As a “clean eater” I was beyond the moon excited to find Happy Belly on Vine. If you know me, you know I rarely eat out. Mainly because most restaurants aren’t an open book about their menu and I need to know what I am putting in my belly. (After all, I don’t want it to be “un”happy!) Clean eating limits highly processed foods, preservatives, and anything that has been stripped of its nutritional value. Eating clean allows you to use food as an energy source and nourish the body, it makes your belly happy. You simply just feel better and have more energy if you eat clean. Gone are my days of bloat, fatigue, and brain fog after meals.


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Abby Reckman, owner of Happy Belly on Vine, opened her doors in July 2014. She has always had a passion for the way food affects the body and what is happening on the inside and effecting your overall health. So much in fact that she enrolled into UC to study Food and Nutrition Sciences to gain a more in-depth knowledge of how food is used by the body. She loves sharing clean food with her customers and says, “Our customers love talking about healthy food which is part of what makes it so fun!”


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Abby invited me to try some of their most delicious menu features. After an afternoon of tasting, trying and drooling over some delicious food, I can tell you it is not only good for you, but absolutely delicious as well. So now to the fun part, the food. (Warning: The images below will make you hungry and possibly drool.)

First up, The Hans, which is part of their all-day breakfast menu. This sandwich, served on a sprouted English muffin or gluten-free bread, is a free-range egg with spinach, turkey bacon, avocado, tomato, and Amish cheese. The flavors just melted together in my mouth and with just one bite of this and you’ll never say the words Egg McMuffin again!


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The Hans, shown below on gluten-free bread instead of the sprouted English muffin.


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The Black Bean Burrito, one of their most popular lunch items, is a house-made black bean burger, goat cheese, avocado, roasted onions, lettuce and tomato on a whole wheat wrap.


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I love me some soups in the fall and these unique flavors were the perfect comfort food for a chilly afternoon. I was excited that all of these soups were also gluten-free. From left to right we have Chicken Pot Pie, Bean & Kale, and Coconut Curry.


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Happy Belly is here to make eating healthy convenient! It can be hard out there, especially during busy times when you are running late to work or only have a few minutes for lunch.  Life is busier than ever!  If you didn’t pack your lunch you are limited on healthy options downtown and Happy Belly wants to make it easy for people of Cincinnati to make the right choice!  Eat a clean lunch and then go back to work fueled for the rest of the day!  They also have a variety of mid-afternoon/morning snacks to get you through those mid-day slumps. And there are many gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options for those that have allergies or food restrictions. Did I mention they deliver too? You don’t even need to leave your home or office for a healthy meal!

So if you are a clean eater, wannabe clean eater, or are just curious about healthy breakfast or lunch options downtown, then Happy Belly on Vine is the place for you! They want you to leave Happy Belly feeling happy about what you put in your belly and remember you did something positive for yourself by eating at Happy Belly!

Happy Belly on Vine is open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm and Saturday 9am-3pm. To order online visit 53t Courier.


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*This post is sponsored by Happy Belly on Vine, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.