Sometimes eating healthfully can be so overwhelming, ya know?
Reading nutrition labels is equivalent to rocket science these days, what with all the food coloring, MSG, trans fats, allergens, GMO's, organics, glutens, and artificial everything.
For most eating naturally has to be a gradual learning process. One important step in this process: stop buying packets! Ranch packets, seasoning packets, herb-y blend packets... they are all laden with preservatives.
Taco seasoning packets used to be a staple in our pantry, but I was shocked when I found how much healthier, easier--and CHEAPER!--it is to make my own! Here's how it's done:
Purchase equal parts chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder. Also get 1/4 to 1/2-part crushed red pepper. More if you dig the heat...like I do. Less if your kids are spice wimps...like mine. Aldi sells their spices for $0.99 each. Makes for some pretty cheap seasoning mix!
Dump it all into a bowl. Admire the pretty colors and the heady aroma. Mix well.
After it's all thoroughly combined, store your DIY taco seasoning in a sealed container. You'll want to taste-test the first time you use it, since I find the flavors to be stronger. For one pound of meat, I usually use about 1/4 cup of seasoning.
Enjoy! Taco night just got a little bit healthier!