Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What's in your dinner?

Last night we made tacos.

Generally we have used the packaged seasoning mix, but we have been worried about potential food allergies, and a quick perusal of the ingredients list resulted in numerous red flags. MSG, maltodextrine, and numerous unpronouncable chemicals.

We found a recipe for taco seasoning online here, and cut it down to a pinch of red pepper flakes and no added salt, and added half a tablespoon of cornstarch, and then used it just like the seasoning packet (ie, added the cup of water). We also cooked the ground beef with real onions and garlic and grated zucchini (I add vegetables everywhere!).

It tasted really good, and by controling the amount of salt and eliminating the scary chemicals, it was ten times better for you!

And guess what? The tacos still dripped that radioactive orange goo!

Who knew orange goo was all natural?

1 comment:

Queen of West Procrastination said...

I haven't bought taco seasoning packets in years. I do use a prepared chili powder (although, looking at the ingredients, it's silly that I don't make my own), and then add extra cumin and garlic, chipotle chili pepper and a dash of cayenne. And then I mix it with cornstarch and water and use it like you'd use a seasoning packet. I also have a great recipe from Martha Stewart that uses either a dutch oven or a slow cooker, along with chopped chipotle peppers and tomato, but you wouldn't be able to have that one.