One thing I have slowly started to do is season my food with herbs and spices that I have on hand instead of using the pre-packaged mixes. Take taco seasoning for example. I used to buy those pre-packaged bags of taco seasoning all the time (my family loves taco night). Out of curiosity, I read the list of ingredients and thought to myself,
"Wait a minute, I have most of this stuff in my spice cupboard already. I bet I could make this myself."
So I did.
And you know what? We all liked it better than the store-bought mix. And I knew exactly what I was putting in the meat. Yay for no MSG's and no preservatives!
Here is what I do:
Brown a pound of ground meat. Preferably with some chopped onions and garlic, but a few shakes of minced onion and garlic work great, too. Add:
A few shakes of cumin.
A shake or two of oregano.
A shake of cayenne pepper.
A shake of black pepper.
A twist or two of sea salt.
That's how we like it. If you are more of a measuring person, you could try this:
1 TBL minced onion (unless you chopped some fresh onion)
1 tsp minced garlic (unless you chopped some fresh garlic)
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
Chili powder, crushed red pepper flakes and paprika go great in this, too. You could make a larger batch of this and keep it in an air-tight container, or you could add the ingredients one by one as you are cooking. Whatever toots your horn.
Mmmm....I want some tacos now.....