Healthy Chicken Tacos

Tacos have always been one of my all time favorites.  I mean, who doesn’t love tacos?!?   This past week my brother, Andrew, texted me mid-week saying he was coming home for the night from college with his friend Ryan.  I always try to make it a point to see him when he comes home since it is rare.  My hours at work have been slowing down a bit, so I  had some extra time to cook.  The first thought that came to mind was tacos, so that is what I decided to go with!

I am still temped each night by my leftover Valentine’s Day candy, so I have been trying to eat really healthy outside of that, along with running a few extra miles in the morning before work.  With that in mind, I wanted to make these tacos extra healthy and guilt-free! I ate one with a shell but had a few more using lettuce as the wrap.

One of the things I dislike most about restaurants is that entrees are usually loaded with sodium to create flavor. Even something like chicken tacos sound healthy but in reality has tons of sodium added to them.  Store bought packets are no better so I made my own seasoning below to eliminate sodium over load and it was awesome… and super easy!
Healthy Chicken Tacos
Serves 6
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  1. 2 lbs. chicken breasts
  2. Mission brand gluten-free corn taco shells
  3. Iceberg lettuce whole leaves (if desired in place of taco shells)
  4. 3 medium size tomatoes
  5. 1/4 C chopped red onion
  6. 2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
  7. 1/2 head iceberg chopped
  8. 1 C Mexican shredded cheese
  9. 2 avocados
  10. garlic powder
  11. 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
  12. sea salt
  13. black pepper
  14. olive oil
  1. To start, make the guacamole, salsa, and chicken separately. First, I prepared the salsa. In a bowl, toss tomatoes, onions, and one tablespoon of the fresh cilantro. Set aside. Prepare one cup of shredded lettuce in another bowl and set aside. In another bowl, set aside one cup of Mexican shredded cheese. For the guacamole, mash two avocados and mix with garlic powder, cilantro, lime juice, sea salt, and black pepper. Lastly I prepared the chicken. Wash the chicken breast and place into a skillet with light olive oil and cook until cooked through. Once chicken is throughly cooked, slice the chicken into thin slices and put back into the skillet. Add the homemade taco seasoning (in the second recipe card below).
  1. I purchased the Mission and gluten-free corn tortillas or you may choose to go with a 100% whole wheat wraps. I also had some whole lettuce leaves ready. I served everything on the table as shown below and we all made our own!
Alyssa Grieco

Homemade Taco Seasoning
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  1. 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  2. 2 teaspoons paprika
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you do not like spicy food you may want to eliminate the cayenne pepper)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  1. Mix all of the above in a bowl and then add this mixture into the skillet. Be sure to mix all of the chicken and seasoning up well. If it seems to need a little liquid, add water one teaspoon at a time but not too much. It should be more of a dry-rub type of seasoning.
Alyssa Grieco
Everyone loved these and they were such quick weeknight dinner… and healthy too! Enjoy 🙂 

Officially Juicing!

So… I officially decided to purchase a juicer over the weekend! I feel like I debated for so long on whether to continue making smoothies with my blender or splurge and get a juicer. After a ton of research, I ended up going with the “Breville – Juice Fountain Crush” and am loving it so far! I have been making juices for each day which I take with me to work and sip throughout the morning.  I have currently been using the juices as meal replacements and snacks but may do a juice cleanse soon.  I always feel super energized after having one! Today,  I am stuck at home from work in this huge snow storm so I have spent a lot of time juicing and making healthy snacks for the weekend.

I have been constantly going grocery shopping because it seems as though every day I end up cleaning out my refrigerator and taking all of the fresh veggies and throwing them in the juicer.  You can really juice anything which is what I do.  I don’t have exact amounts of what I put in but after trial and error, I have found that my favorite juiced drink is:

-kale or spinach

The reason I ended up not liking the store bought juice cleanses as much was because I felt like there was so much sugar in them from the fruit and they became so expensive very quickly.  I use less fruit and more veggies to try to keep the sugar down.  Cleaning the juicer can be a bit tedious so I have been juicing in bulk and having it for about three days.  While I think the fresh juice is the best, this ends up being much easier in the long run.

I know I am posting this right before Valentines Day where I am sure there will be too many delicious chocolate treats for me to pass up and I am also going on a special date tomorrow night 🙂 but starting on Monday, I will be back on track juicing!

Enjoy :)…And Happy Valentine’s Day!