Friday, June 24, 2011

Taco Night!

Two fun treats today: I made a pina colada inspired smoothie--coconut milk, pineapple and ice. In the fridge I had some leftover coconut milk from my coconut bread pudding. It had thickened in the cold. I could have eaten it by the spoonful--delicious, thick, creamy, velvety coconut pudding. So I used several tablespoons of the coconut milk (you could also use the light version), a small can of pineapple tidbits and their juice and a handful of ice cubes. Blend it up for smooth, delicious, tropical, gluten free joy. The kids loved it. It would also be wonderful with bananas and oranges.

The other thing I've always thought of as a treat is taco night! We had tacos for dinner--a great gluten-free go-to.

I like to make my own taco seasoning just to make sure I'm not getting any of those starches they put in seasoning packets. First, I heat about a tablespoon of canola oil in a pan over medium high heat. I add one pound of ground turkey breast and get it browning, breaking it up with a spatula. Then I add about a tablespoon of chili powder, a tablespoon of Montreal Steak seasoning (comes in low sodium version now), 1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin, and a sprinkle of ground coriander. When all of the seasonings are incorporated and the turkey is cooked, I add about 1/3 cup of water and turn it down to medium low. Once the water has mostly cooked off, I stir in a couple shakes of hot sauce (Frank's Red Hot Original) to give it a kick.

It's easy to find gf corn tortillas, both soft and hard. I like Mission soft corn tortillas and Ortega and Old El Paso both have hard taco shells which do not contain gluten ingredients. Be sure to read the labels. Toppers: cheese, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, taco sauce (Ortega), sour cream (Daisy Lite).

I like to make enough of the meat mixture that I can use it in taco salads during the week. I add chips (My new fave is On the Border), canned beans, and other taco toppers and dress it with a mix of sour cream and salsa (On the Border Hot). I also sprinkle a few corn chips (Clancy's brand from ALDI) on the top for some crunch. It's so filling and pretty low in calories.

Wash it all down with the aforementioned pina colada smoothie! Perfection!


  1. I'm going to have to try your seasoning blend - I shy away from the packets due to the salt content but just haven't nailed the right combination for my taco seasoning. I catch A LOT of flak from the brothers because I tend towards chicken tacos instead of Beef so I'm going to try the turkey as well!! I have to say I LOVE Aldi's both for the variety and the prices!!

  2. I hope you like it! It can be tweaked to your liking, of course. I also like that I can control the salt content, especially with the low sodium version of the Montreal Steak Seasoning. Sometimes I have to add more chili powder as well. Have fun!

  3. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Reminds me of the frozen barcardi pina coloda drinks; haven't had one in a long time. I like to add a banana to it, too!