Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Turkey Tacos

Many people think turkey is right away the better choice over beef. That is not often the case. Unless you are purchasing the extra lean turkey breast or lean ground turkey, then chances are your turkey is not helping you reach your weight loss goals. I can't stress enough the importance of reading labels!  It's something I do consistently when picking up a new item in the store.  

Extra lean turkey breast is my fave! It's not cheap, but it's ooooh so good and healthy at 1.5 g of fat per serving.  When it goes on sale, I always stock up! Before {eating clean} I would purchase prepackaged seasonings packets for many things. Now, I make all mine own seasoning combinations which really helps control sodium intake and eliminates the added chemicals.

Excessive sodium consumption can lead to high blood pressure, or hypertension, which is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney failure.  The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg a day — or 1,500 mg if you're age 51 or older, or if you are black, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

Comparison of Sodium:
Homemade Taco Seasoning(amount of 2 packets): 1920mg of Sodium
Ortega Taco Seasoning(2 packets): 5160mg of Sodium

WOW!!!, that's cutting it by more than 60%

Here's a look at the Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix ingredients:  
Yellow Corn Flour, Salt, Maltodextrin, Paprika, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color (sulfites)

Turkey Tacos

§   4 Tbsp chili powder 
§   1 ½ tsp. garlic powder
§   1 ½ tsp onion powder 
§   ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
§   1½  tsp dried oregano 
§   1 Tbps paprika 
§   3 Tbps ground cumin 
§   1 tsp sea or Kosher salt
§   1 ½ tsp coriander
§   1 c water
§   2 lbs {extra lean} ground turkey breast

1)Cook turkey breast in a nonstick pan until no longer pink.
2)Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and then add to cooked turkey breast. Stir.
3)Pour 1 cup of water into pan and stir.

NOTE:  This recipe is a double batch and can always be cut in half if you only need a small amount of ground meat. I like to have extra for the next day.


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