Let’s face it, we could all use a little extra help making food more exciting these days! I find that right around this time of the year, I am itching for the fresh & local greens and veggies that taste so fresh, it is like you just picked them yourself. I always get excited when I see spinach written on the signs at the end of the farm laneways that surround my house. Spinach is one of the first greens to grow and thrive in our early spring days. But alas, we have a few months yet before we can hope to see local fare. That being said, there is no reason to mope! Why not plan a fiesta supper to remind us of warmer days? Think a large bowl of greens, ground turkey & black beans, diced cucumbers, tomatoes & peppers. A little shredded white cheddar (not that orange stuff with food colouring!), a bowl of guacamole, salsa & a few baked tortilla chips and you’ve got a PARTY! Put on a little Mexican music and spirits are sure to lift.
I have not purchased taco seasoning in years. Not because I don’t like the flavour, it is because I don’t like the crazy chemicals and additives that are in them. I have been making my own seasoning and we like it better that the store bought variety. There are even health promoting qualities in all those spices we use.
Chili powder – Vitamin A & C
Garlic powder – reduces cholesterol, strengthens the immune system
Onion powder – low in sodium & lots of flavour, a source of calcium & potassium
Oregano powder – rich in antioxidants, antibacterial & antifungal benefits
Paprika – Vitamin A & E, source of iron
Cumin – iron, manganese, helps digestion
Sea salt – sea salt has not undergone the processing that table salt has, this means that it still contains many important trace minerals
Tasty Taco Seasoning
1 tbsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. dried oregano (Italian seasoning will work here too)
½ tsp. paprika
1 ½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. sea salt
Combine all of the spices into a small jar. I will often triple the recipe to have some ready for next time. Brown ground meat in frying pan. For 1 lb of meat, I use approximately 1-2 tbsp. of seasoning with a half cup water or organic vegetable broth. Add in black beans for a nice addition.