Homemade Taco Seasoning

My husband and I love tacos. We have them for dinner almost every week {hello, #tacotuesday}. Tacos are full of flavor and they’re such a quick dinner. What I love the most about tacos is that they’re so versatile. I change them up with different meats, toppings, veggies or shells which prevents this go-to dinner from becoming boring. When I make tacos I almost always use ground chicken or turkey. Sometimes I will give the chicken or turkey filling an extra kick by added frozen corn, diced tomatoes and/or black beans.

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As far as toppings go, romaine or iceberg lettuce and fresh salsa are my must-haves. I love the Nature’s Promise Organic salsa from Stop and Shop. Homemade salsa is definitely on my “to-try” list, but until I cross that recipe off my list, this pre-made mix does the job. It is full of flavor and what I think I love the most is that on of the ingredients is cucumber. It’s not really an ingredient I would assume is in salsa, but I think it’s the cucumber that makes me love this mix so much.

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Guacamole, fresh tomatoes, jalapeños, sour cream and shredded cheese are all great toppings. Word to the wise, ghost pepper cheese is HOT. One night my husband mistakenly picked up ghost pepper cheese. I shredded some up and served it to our friends with tacos. Ghost pepper cheese is no joke. A piece of cheese half the size of a grain of rice is HOT. Needless to say, we skipped the cheese that night and made a mental note to never buy it again.

Easy Tacos

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1-1.5lbs lean ground chicken or turkey
1/4 c water
1 tbsp chili powder
1.5 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp onion powder

Directions

Brown chicken or turkey in a non-stick pan then drain excess fat. Next, add the dry seasonings and mix well. All of the chicken or turkey should be covered with seasoning. Add water, bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes and stir occasionally. Serve with hard or soft shells or over lettuce for a taco salad.

Homemade Taco Seasoing

Gluten-Free Travel Diaries: New York City!

This past weekend I attended my best friend’s bachelorette party in NYC! I can’t believe my bestie is getting married in a few short weeks. It was such a fun weekend celebrating the her! In this blog I am going to share some of the restaurants we went to. All of them had great gluten-free options and I am happy to report no tummy aches! If you are looking for my wedding blogs click HERE and follow me on my own wedding planning journey 🙂

The Frying Pan

The Frying Pan is a super cool spot in the city at Pier 66. It’s actually a boat docked in the Hudson River on the Pier. If you’re living in or visiting the city this summer you should definitely make it a point to stop here. It is really such a great place to enjoy the summer weather. We got a delicious pitcher of mango-blueberry sangria and a light dinner. The menu has “V” and “G” icons to identify vegetarian and gluten-free options. I was pleasantly surprised that the bartender/waitress was actually very knowledgeable of gluten-allergies and assured me that the choices labeled “G” were safe options. I had the fish tacos and a few fries. Yes, FRIES! They are fried separately, so they’re totally gluten-free.

Pardon My French

For brunch we went to Pardon My French which was the perfect spot for a bachelorette party. It would also be a good option for a small bridal or baby shower. I loved the rustic, French decor. We sat upfront at the white subway tiled peninsula. They offer a classic or bottomless brunch options. Although no items are marked gluten-free the waiter was understanding of my allergy and said it would not be a problem. Their kitchen does their best to prevent contamination. I had the spinach and tomato omelet with roasted potatoes. The potatoes were actually roasted; not fried and the iced coffee was possible the best I’ve had.

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El Toro Blanco

On our second night we went to El Toro Blanco; a Mexican restaurant in Downtown. The guacamole was phenomenal! All of their guacamole is made fresh at the guac bar.  Gluten-free foodies beware – the chips are NOT gluten-free. Instead, make sure you ask for a side of raw veggies. The menu is marked with * which indicate which options contain gluten. I had the roasted chicken tacos for dinner which I enjoyed, but wasn’t blown away by. Also keep in mind the servings are small and the margaritas are very strong!

Sans Bakery

We stopped at Think Coffee for a quick pick me up and I was happy to find these Sans Bakery gluten-free doughnuts and muffins. Unlike most gluten-free desserts, this doughnut was not bland and dry. It’s nice to now where you can stop to get a coffee and a treat! I believe the Think Coffee shops are located throughout the city too.

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Mahi-Mahi Tacos!

To kick off my vacation week my cousins and I made Mahi-Mahi tacos with a corn salad. I found the recipe on Pinterest from Women’s Health Magazine. Click here to follow the recipe I used! Since going gluten free I have not found a brand of soft-shell tacos that I enjoy, so we used hard corn shells. In the future I think I would prefer to find a gluten free soft-shell taco for this dish. We used 1 1/2 lbs of fish like the recipe calls for and it was enough for the three of us. The recipe also calls for blackening spice – I used Old Bay’s which is gluten free. Mango is another ingredient in this recipe. Even though the directions call for 1 mango, I bought 2 just in case. Mango can be a pretty difficult fruit to cut because it gets slippery and sometimes does not amount to much edible fruit. Instead of coating the fish in oil for grilling we just used a Smart Balance cooking spray. All Smart Balance products are gluten free! 
 
As a side dish we also made a grilled corn salad which I also found via Pinterest. Click here for the recipe! This turned out to be a delicious and easy dinner! When we were finished we decided we might like the grilled corn salad on the tacos instead of the mango topping because the corn dish had a little spice to it. I love when I am able to find recipes that are naturally gluten free or are easily adaptable because it makes dinning with friends and family much more enjoyable!
 
 
I have been gluten free for just over a year now and I have realized how helpful it is when other people share their tips or a good recipe with you. Keeping a gluten free lifestyle is by no means easy, but if you are in the same boat as me and gluten free is the only way to live a healthy (and pain free) life remember to share your tips! With that being said – if you have found a brand of gluten free soft shell tacos/wraps please leave it in the comment section of this post! 

Update 10/11/13: Rudi’s Gluten-free wraps are awesome!