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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Ingredients:

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)

 

Directions:

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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Kroger Simple Truth & Easy For You Event

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I had the amazing opportunity tonight to join other Cincinnati Bloggers at the new Kroger Oakley Marketplace to check out the store, taste some food, and sip some wine (ok I didn’t drink, I’m pregnant remember, but I’ve been getting good at remembering what it tastes like!) We even got a nice surprise to bring some products and food home for dinner, which was a double bonus stocking the pantry and not having to cook tonight!

First of all this Kroger is huge! It was the first time I was there and I could literally spend hours just exploring. I lost track of time in the clothes department stocking up on comfy sweats for my growing baby bump, that I didn’t even make it into the home department before I had to head on over and join the others. I will definitely be back soon to browse some more, I might even bring my hubby and he can drink beer at their craft beer bar while I shop!

 

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We were able to try 4 different kinds of fish and shrimp along with 4 different Simple Truth side dishes and my oh my things were tasty. My absolute favorite thing I tried was the dessert, yeah yeah of course the pregnant lady would say that right. But really, it was a Healthy Rice Pudding made with brown rice, almond milk, coconut sugar, currants and dates, and it was so warm and savory. I’m super excited they sent us home with this recipe because it is definitely something I will be making soon and sharing on this blog.

We then headed to the seafood department to pick out whatever fish you wanted to take home and make for dinner. I selected the Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon and had them season it with fresh rosemary, lemon, garlic, and butter. I wasn’t aware that you could have your fish seasoned in store, but it is part of their Easy For You Seafood program. Usually when I shop, I just buy the fish and have them wrap it up, but this is definitely another option especially if you are short on time.

 

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I came home, baked the salmon, heated up the sides, and me and the hubby enjoyed our delicious dinner. Doesn’t it look amazing?

 

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Special thanks to the Kroger Oakley Marketplace for hosting this event and for sending us home with dinner and these awesome Simple Truth Organic products. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I love Simple Truth Organic products, they allow me and my family to eat healthy AND on a budget, both of which are super important to me. I am so excited to see what new products they come out with next.

 

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Disclaimer: Kroger hosted this event and provided me with food to try. However all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Salsa Verde

 

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Is it just me or have you ever been scared to try something because of the color? What is it about green foods, that seem so unappetizing? For the longest time I wouldn’t eat guacamole simply because it was “scary” looking. I just expected it to be gross. But in reality, it is delicious and I was missing out for many many years. I love guacamole and could seriously eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

And now Salsa Verde is my new green love! Who knew it could be so ugly, yet beyond delicious. There is something about the sweetness combined with the spiciness that just makes my mouth water. It makes a great healthy snack or appetizer and is really easy to make.

 

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The best part about this recipe is I had the majority of the ingredients in my garden or from our weekly CSA Share. The tomatillos and garlic came from Greensleeves Farm and the jalapeños came from our backyard garden.

 

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First remove the tomatillos from the husks and put on a cooking sheet with the jalapeños, onion, yellow pepper, and garlic cloves. I tossed these in olive oil so they would get good and roasted. Bake on 450° for 20-25 minutes or until roasted.

 

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Then add your roasted vegetables (including the yummy juices) to your blender. Also add in the cilantro, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and lime juice. I used my food processor setting and mixed on pulse until the desired consistency. I prefer salsa verde to be less chunky than your typical salsa and the flavor goes a long way!

 

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Once it is blended and chilled for at least 2 hours, enjoy with your favorite chips. I prefer organic blue corn tortilla chips. This recipe is so delicious and really, I mean really addicting! Beware that you might just shovel it all into your mouth!

 

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Ingredients:

2 lbs. Tomatillos (about 30 small)

3 Jalapeños

1 Onion

1 Yellow Pepper

1 Lime (juiced)

5-6 Garlic Cloves (more if small cloves)

1/2 cup Cilantro (chopped)

2 Tbl Olive Oil

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 450°
  2. Remove the husks and stems from the tomatillos and peel the garlic cloves
  3. Chop the onion and yellow pepper into large chunks and place on cookie sheet with the tomatillos and jalapeños
  4. Pour olive oil over vegetables and coat well
  5. Roast for 20-25 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and remove the stems from the jalapeños
  7. Add roasted vegetables, including the juices, to your blender and add lime juice and spices
  8. Mix until desired consistency (I use the food processor settings and pulse until smooth)
  9. Best if refrigerated for at least 2 hours until chilled and then serve with your favorite chips and enjoy!

 

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Juiciest Tastiest Best Bunless Burger Ever

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I love me some meat. Red delicious juicy meat.  And every now and again you need a good burger. One that melts in your mouth with flavor and you can say, dang that was good. However, now that the husby and I went fully gluten-free after the 21-day Standard Process Purification Program, we no longer eat bread. So a bunless burger has to be pretty much orgasmic all on its own because it is naked after all. But I can tell you from a girl who loves her burgers, when you make this burger, I don’t miss the buns at all and I love it naked!

I used bison, mainly because I got a heck of a deal at Kroger on ground bison that was about to expire, so I stocked my freezer with some good bison meat. But you could also use ground beef. We don’t have a grill but with my cast iron skillet, I actually prefer to grill on that anyways for a juicy finish. You can pretty much top this with whatever fixin’s tickle your pickle, but for me you can never go wrong with bacon. I love bacon. I would eat bacon with every meal if I could. Seriously, I am a bacon freak. But I also love to top this with sautéed mushrooms, onions, garlic, and avocados for a delicious combination of flavors that is seriously the Juiciest Tastiest Best Burger Ever!

While my bacon was baking in the oven, I chopped all my fixin’s and heated 1 Tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Added the garlic and let that cook for about a minute before adding the onions and mushrooms.  Once those were done I set them aside until my burgers were finished.

 

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To make the burgers, I mixed my ground bison with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and formed 4 patties from my pound of meat. Then in my cast iron skillet on medium heat I cooked these bad boys for 3 minutes on each side and added sharp cheddar cheese. After they were done I removed them from heat and served them over a bed of lettuce from our CSA Week 3 Share.  Then I topped them with all my fixin’s to make them Ahh-mazing.

 

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You’ll need a fork and knife to eat these bad boys, but I promise you will be licking your plate clean. These are seriously the Juiciest Tastiest Best Burgers Ever. Enjoy!

 

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Ingredients from our CSA:

Lettuce

Other Ingredients:

Ground Bison or Ground Beef – 1 lb

Italian Seasoning – 1 Tbsp

Garlic Powder – 1 tsp

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Pepper – 1/2 tsp

To Top:

Mushrooms

Red Onion

Avocado

Bacon

Garlic Cloves

Remember you can top it with whatever you like, but this is my absolute favorite way to prepare these.

 

Directions:

  1. Mix (by hand) ground bison with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper
  2. Form 4 patties
  3. Heat cast iron skillet over medium/medium high heat then add patties and cook for 3 minutes
  4. Flip burgers and add cheese, cook for another 3 minutes or done to your liking
  5. Serve over lettuce and top with mushrooms, red onions, garlic, avocado, and bacon

 

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CSA Week One…Let the Summer Begin

This year the Steve and I decided to join a local CSA. No no, not the Cub Scouts of America, you know a CSA.  What the heck is a CSA you ask? Well CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which means we are a member of a community garden and have direct access to high quality, organic foods all summer long.  Our CSA is at Greensleeves Farm, an amazing farm in Northern Kentucky with beautiful views, fresh produce, and friendly farm animals. Not only do we get to enjoy fresh organic produce all summer long, but we also get to roll up our sleeves and get dirty by helping out at the farm. Now I know that may not sound like a lot of fun to some people, but we enjoy gardening especially and since we have a small yard and can’t have our dream huge garden at our own home, it’s nice to still have that huge garden in a sense. Plus it is something we get to do together as a couple which makes it even more enjoyable.

 

So here we are week one, Steve picked up our first share yesterday and as I was unpacking it last night I thought what the heck are all these green things. I definitely wouldn’t consider myself a food expert, but we eat really healthy with lots of fruits and vegetables all the time and here I am staring at my table and have no idea what the heck I am looking at. I can identify the asparagus and that’s about it. Boy I am going to be challenged this summer trying new recipes and learning to cook with things I’ve never even seen before or tasted before. I’m not gonna lie, that freaks me out a bit, but time to roll up my “green” sleeves and start cooking. Challenge accepted!

 

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Week One Share: Snow Peas, Spinach, Scallions and Green Garlic, Salad Box, Baby Beets, Baby Turnips, Asian Greens, Baby Kale, Asparagus, Microgreens

 

Okay okay, so what the heck did I do with all this food?  Click below for recipes:

Roasted Turnip Quinoa

Roasted Beet & Veggie Quinoa

 

I encourage you to look into your community to see if you have a CSA nearby. It is an awesome feeling supporting local farming and learning at the same time. If you are in the Cincinnati area, please check out Greensleeves Farm. It is located in Alexandria, KY only about 25 minutes south of downtown Cincinnati. Gretchen and Alexa do a fabulous job of running the place and making sure we have a delicious share each week. Plus all the other volunteers, interns and CSA members do a great job to keep things moving. I am excited to see what this year has in store and learn from everyone. They have a great farm to plate dinner series starting this month featuring the chef of Bouquet. (Yum! My favorite NKY Restaurant!)