8.29.2013

#dairyfree Taco Salad with Homemade Taco Seasoning

I love taco salads and my family loves tacos! Just awhile ago when I was under the impression that I could not have dairy I went to make my family their favorite dinner. TACOS! Taco Tuesday in fact! And that is when I discovered that the taco seasoning I had in the cupboard had dried milk in it. I made an attempt to make some myself. Trial 1: Not so good but not bad. Trial 2: Dear hubby and darling daughter approved it and dear hubby was quite happy to hear I wrote down what I did. Yes, he wanted me to stick with it!

So here it is!

Taco Seasoning Mix:
2 Tbl Chili Powder
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Dried Onion
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 tsp Cilantro (optional and yes, dear hubby found some dried cilantro!)

I added my taco seasoning to 1 lb of ground turkey along with about 3/4 cup of water since I planned to be simmering a bit to really let the flavors soak in. Feel free to adjust seasonings and water dependent on how much meat you have and how strong of a flavor you prefer!

For my family, they got to fill up their taco shells with their choice of taco meat (I often add in 1/2 cup pureed carrots too but not this time), spinach, tomatoes, cheese, and/or refried beans. I always make myself a big salad.

I start with a nice mound of greens. I love spinach but will use whatever I have in the house. I top with tomatoes, refried beans, taco meat, a shell or two crumbled up and a good heap of salsa. Delicious! What more could I ask for?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the hibiscus flower darling daughter gave me this morning.
Daily Affirmation: I am on a journey to greater peace.

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