Quick and easy is the name of the game these days, folks.
The faster I can throw together a quality meal, the better! I know as well as anyone that life gets way too busy sometimes, and when that happens, one of the first things to go out the window is nutritious, home-cooked food. It seems like everything else takes priority. And I’m not special. I’m just as guilty as everyone else. In a time when convenience foods are so easy to come by (pretty good quality ones at that), it is so very tempting to rely on them for our everyday sustenance.
Now don’t misunderstand…
There is nothing wrong with occasionally throwing an organic pizza in the oven when you’re in a pinch. But these things should not be staples in our diet.
Even if it’s “organic”, it’s still processed junk, if we’re being honest.
If I could pick one piece of universal advice that would benefit everyone, regardless of whatever diet you follow, it would be to drastically decrease your intake of processed food.
Despite all of the dietary dogma out there- fat is good, fat is bad. carbs are good, carbs are bad. Cholesterol is good, cholesterol is bad….etc. etc…you see where I’m going with this, right? There is NOBODY that is arguing that you should eat more processed food, right? Well, except for maybe the makers of said processed food. But please believe me when I tell you that as hard as they try to convince you that because it’s “made with whole grains” or “contains no artificial ingredients” that it’s super healthy for you, it’s not. Their ONLY objective is to make money, and if making money comes at the expense of your health, it’s A-Okay with them because again, MONEY.
Okay that was slightly tangential but I think I made my point..which was….uhhhh…what was it?
Oh yeah…avoid processed foods when possible.
SO, if you’re going to be successful at avoiding processed foods, you need to have a wide variety of recipes that you can fall back on when life gets crazy. So today, that’s just what I have for you: a super healthy, easy, delicious one-pot dish- Turkey Taco Skillet!
One of the things I’m loving about this dish is that it uses ground turkey….
Yup. Ground turkey is kind of the break-out star of this dish. It’s pretty inexpensive, quick cooking, and a great source of lean protein. I love to have a variety of ground meats available in my freezer because, again, they take no time at all to cook up. Usually around 4 or 5 pm I find myself realizing that once again, I have forgotten to defrost any meat for dinner. And in my home, according to my hubby if the meal doesn’t contain meat, it’s a snack, not a meal.
And now for my secret weapon…..
And not just any taco seasoning. This taco seasoning is the best, most delicious taco seasoning you will ever eat between two tortillas (or in a skillet, in this case). I did not run to the supermarket for this seasoning. Oh no. It does not have any MSG. It’s not full of iodized sodium or irradiated spices.
This super special taco seasoning comes from my friend, Loriel Adams of the magnificent blog, Naturally Loriel. She has her very own amazing line of all-natural, hand-mixed spice blends. The line is called Naturally Free. All of the Naturally Free blends have been created from fresh, organic, non-irradiated spices- and of course, lots of love.
Naturally Free has four brand new, glorious blends for you to try and enjoy.
Of course, there’s Taco seasoning. The others are Real Food Ranch, French Onion, and my personal fave, Italian! This Italian seasoning is seriously so good. My family will eat ANYTHING I put Loriel’s Italian seasoning on. Don’t believe me? Try Loriel’s Italian Seasoned Breakfast Skillet Potatoes. They’re phenomenal (especially when you cook them in bacon drippings).
If you would like to read more about these spice blends or score yourself one (or 4) jars of Loriel’s Naturally Free Spice Blends, you can click HERE.
Are you ready to see how I use Taco Seasoning to create a quick, delicious and healthy meal? Okay. Recipe time!
- 1 tbls grass fed ghee (or other stable cooking fat)
- 1 lb pasture-raised ground turkey
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large jicama, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1 tomato, chopped
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1 packet Naturally Free Taco Seasoning
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Heat a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat on the stove top.
- When the skillet is hot, add your cooking fat of choice.
- Add the ground turkey to the skillet and season liberally with sea salt and pepper.
- When the turkey has browned, about 3-5 minutes, add the diced onion, garlic and jicama to the skillet and let saute for 3-5 minutes, until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
- Add the bell pepper to the skillet.
- Add the taco seasoning, additional sea salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
- Saute for an additional 3-5 minutes. During this time the spices will toast and stick to the bottom a bit. You want this! This is flavor.
- When the jicama is tender but still a bit crunchy, add the juice of 1 lime to the skillet and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bits of brown goodness off the bottom of the skillet.
- Remove from the heat, and top with diced tomato, avocado and cilantro.
- If you like, you can serve it over salad greens, in lettuce cups, or with a side of rice. I just eat it plain!
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