I love simple, small steps to eating healthier. One way that our family is doing this is by eliminating some of the processed foods we were regularly eating. Lets be honest, processed foods are convenient! They are ready to use, and last longer.
I started making my own taco seasoning instead of buying the packets at the grocery store when I read that they contained silica, the same thing in those little packets that say “DO NOT EAT!” that you find in shoe boxes and other products you buy. Apparently, the actual harm from silica is debatable, and it has its purposes. It helps keep things fresh. You can read an interesting article about how you can actually use these packets in your pantry HERE.
Nonetheless, the seasoning packets have way more sodium than I would like to consume, so I’ve still stuck with making some of my own seasonings. Maybe I’ll start throwing some of those silica packets in my pantry, though. I’ve also continued to make my own seasoning mixtures because it is more cost effective!
There are three seasoning mixtures I keep stored in my pantry at all times: taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, and chili seasoning. Here are the recipes I use:
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (adjust to your liking)
Simply place all ingredients in a container with an air-tight lid and shake to thoroughly mix. Use two tablespoons of the taco seasoning mixture to season 1-2 pounds of meat.
1/2 cup buttermilk powder
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon minced dried onion
2 teaspoons dried chives
1 teaspoon dill weed
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Simply place all ingredients in a container with an air-tight lid and shake to thoroughly mix. Two tablespoons of the ranch seasoning mixture is equal to 1 store-bought packet. To Make Ranch Dressing: Combine 1 tbsp. seasoning mix with 1/3 cup mayo (or Greek yogurt) and 1/3 cup milk; whisk to combine.
3/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup ground cumin
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
Simply place all ingredients in a container with an air-tight lid and shake to thoroughly mix. Use two tablespoons of the chili seasoning mixture in your favorite chili recipe.
What changes have you made to start eating healthier? What did you buy ready-made before, but now you make your own? Share with us in the comments!