How To: Kitchen Tip – Multi-Purpose Spice Mix for Meal Prep

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We have obviously been inspired by summer to light up the grill. Or in my case, turn on my electric stove and bust out the indoor grill pan. Whatever method you choose, this do it yourself seasoning mix and meal prep tip will become a staple in your house too.

Prepping a batch of freshly grilled and seasoned protein of your choice ahead of time will help you to create healthy and well balanced lunches and dinner meals throughout the week. They are great added to a salad, wrap, pasta, soup…really any meal you need an extra punch of protein.

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This seasoning mix is one that is so flavourful and versatile. Cumin, chill powder, garlic powder, paprika and good old s & p combine with lime juice to create a Mexican inspired taste. You could also double or triple (or if you love it quadruple) the spice mixture so you don’t have to mix it up every time you need it (and you will need it!)

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I chose to use chicken breasts, but this seasoning and cooking method would also work great on any firm fish fillet or tofu. After a dip in the marinade and some time on your grill, the chicken is ready to be chopped and devoured. You could pre-portion the strips in the fridge for easy use throughout the week or use your extra large batch of spice mix to grill up an extra large batch of chicken and freeze for those emergency dinner situations when grocery shopping just did not happen this week.

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Here I topped a bowl of quinoa with the spiced and grilled chicken, veggies, avocado, and  an extra squeeze of lime to create a fajita bowl.

Cook once, or should I say grill once and eat all week? Nothing bad about that.

Dara

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Grilled Taco Lime Chicken, Fish, or Tofu

Serves 2-4
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Salad
Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable
Website Adapted from Picky Palate

Ingredients

  • 1 Tsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 Tsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tsp pepper
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 2-4 chicken breasts, fish fillets, slabs of tofu

Note

You could double or triple this recipe and grill up a large batch of chicken/fish/tofu to have for the upcoming weeks lunches. Or freeze it for whenever you need a quick meal. The spice mixture can also be made ahead and stored in a sealed container to be used whenever you need. Chop up your protein of choice and use it in salads, tacos, sandwiches, stir-fries, soups….or eat as an on-the-go snack.

Directions

1. Combine all spices in a small bowl and stir to combine.
2. Place protein of choice in a ziplock bag and add spice mixture. Toss to coat.
3. Add lime juice and toss again until coated. Marinate in the fridge for as little as 30 minutes or up to 6 hours.
4. Preheat grill over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Grill chicken/fish/tofu for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Serve as desired.

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