June 30, 2011

Happy Chicken Taco's with Ranch Sauce

My families happy faces came out at the dinner table last night!
I was moved by the "Letter From The Editor" in my yoga magazine this month. 

“Repurpose yourself or get grounded in something you have already chosen.
Nothing costs as little and is worth as much as a smile. Relax, let yourself smile and see the light come back to you tenfold!
Remember, you are the boss of your own energy. Stop waiting for someone to make you feel better, reassure you, or tell you what to do. No one can declare dominion over your life besides you. Be your own leader. What are you waiting for?
Forget about the umbrella and boots, run outside and splash in some puddles, make the most of every moment. Some people may not understand, may naysay, try and rain on your “passion parade”, but that is none of your concern. It’s your life, your choice, and it’s your rainbow.”

I love that last line “It’s your life, your choice, and it’s your rainbow”.  So many people forget they are in charge of their lives, they have choices. It’s up to you to make yourself happy not other people or materialism.  I often come across people who always seem to be putting their efforts towards figuring out what is making them unhappy when we should all be putting our efforts towards figuring out what makes us happy and be grateful for everything we have. I made a Happy List almost exactly a year ago - June 21, 2010
  • Spring - I love watching the tree's and grass start to turn green and my flowers start to poke their little heads up out of the ground.  The whole world around you seems to turn VERY VERY green
  • Fall - I love the smell of fall.  To me it smells like burning pumpkins.  I love all of the colors of fall, they make me feel cozy
  • Waking up earlier than everyone else and sitting in peace with my coffee
  • Sleeping in - which I like way better than waking up early so the waking up earlier than everyone rarely happens
  • Spending one on one time with my kiddo's - Last night (6/17) after L's piano lessons, L wanted a snow cone so I stopped (which I hardly ever do) and he treated me to a snow-cone!  He even tipped the girl!
  • The smell of ground coffee
  • The smell of the bookstore - sometimes, I go in there just to jaunt around and take in the aroma's
  • The smell of Michaels craft store
  • Snuggling on the couch with my family and watching a good movie or show - which is almost every night
  • Uninterrupted sewing, crafting, computer, video game, reading time - oh so rare
  • Summer storms
  • Bedtime - when we put the kids to bed and my hubby and I can watch whatever we want, be it Penn and Teller or a good movie
  • Gardening, the smell of the dirt, the mulch and the plants aroma's they let go when you touch them - especially tomato and mum's
  • The smell of Petunia's on a hot muggy night
  • Enjoying my hubby's company or the company of friends on the back porch with a good bottle of wine
  • Crusty bread and cheese
  • Beer - Sam Adams, Guinness (if poured right), Boulevard, Blue Moon, Shlafly.....are you getting it?  There is no Bud Light, Budweiser listed here.  I like dark, wheaty, heavy beers with floaties
  • A clean house - my sanity lies within a clean house
  • Attic24 - This woman's blog makes me so happy.  I love all of her colorful photographs and projects that she submerges herself into.  I think her and I would make very good friends
This list still holds true today and when I’m feeling down I sometimes visit this post to remind me of all that I have to be happy for.  

Take a moment today and make yourself a happy list!

~ Enjoy and don't forget to smile you may make someones day!

Chicken Tacos with Ranch Sauce
Yields: 4 servings
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • taco seasoning, divided (recipe follows)
  • 1 tablespoon milk chunky salsa
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken 
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • shredded lettuce
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and mashed (optional)
Ingredients for Taco Seasoning:
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
Instructions for Chicken Tacos:
  1. Combine ranch dressing, sour cream, 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning, and salsa in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. Cover bowl loosely with wax paper or plastic wrap. Microwave chicken until chicken is heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Warm the tortillas in a skillet for about a minute on each side to make them pliable. Place a scoop of chicken on the tortilla and top with lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheese, and a spoonful of the ranch dressing mixture.
Instructions for Taco Seasoning:
  1. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. If you are not using right away, store in an airtight container.
Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Servings: 1
Calories:  566
Total Fat:  38.3 g
Cholesterol:  142.7 mg.
Sodium:  1087.7 mg.
Protein:  31.3g.

When Natalie and I saw that salsa we knew it was coming home with us!


  1. What a wonderful summertime meal! I'm going to try it but lighten it up using my skinny ranch dressing and reduced-fat cheese.

  2. @nancy@skinnykitchen.com
    Great idea, Nancy! I too try to use low-fat ingredients alas I didn't have any on hand and was trying to use up some ingredients in my fridge. Next time though :)

  3. I love that idea! and so true. I always remind myself that Your Life is what you make of it. Love that!

  4. WOMAN, where are the organic recipes???

  5. Great list! Love the tacos. I am going to have to try that ranch sauce. I think my family would like that a lot!

  6. One of my family's favorite dinners is tacos! I love how versatile they are so that we can all make them individually how we like them. I love to add beans to mine and my son loves ground beef. I hope you have a lovely day :)

  7. @Simply Complex
    Jen!!! I haven't talked to you in forever! I was like...who is the woman and why is she yelling at me?! I know, I know, I need to get on the organic wagon!

  8. @Erin
    That ranch sauce was smokin! I can't wait to try it on a salad. Sparingly of course. Don't want to wreck this yoga body, LOL!

  9. Great recipes Dee. I am now going to make my own taco seasoning after reading this.

    My happy list:

    I am glad I met Dee who gave me the courage to put my blog out there publicly. And she showed me how to make corn kebabs which is a total bonus! xx

  10. @Kim Bee
    LOL! I love your happy list!

  11. wow thanks so much for the taco seasoning recipe! i've been searching for one! i always end up just buying those little mccormick packets! hahaha lol. :)

  12. @Junia
    I know! We have all the spices in the world in our spice jar and we buy little packets! No more!

  13. I am making this sauce next time we have tacos! Sounds so good!
    Thanks for sharing the letter and your happy list--what a great list!

  14. @Dulce Dough
    Thanks! I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did :)

  15. To me this is healthy, delicious and one of my favorites in the summer its light and yours just sings summer! love it!

  16. happy list we all need it
    delicious looking combination

  17. I believe that I could have this type of tacos on a daily basis! Yummy!

  18. These happy tacos look like exactly what I need to eat for dinner tonight. What a great list too!

  19. These look great Dee and with a title like that, I can't help but feel good viewing them... your taco seasonings are so yummy and fresh looking. Very nice!

  20. These are happy chicken tacos, my kids would love them too :)

  21. Thanks for sharing the Letter from the Editor and your Happy List! It's things like this that help us rethink where we are, where we're headed, and what we want in life. I think I'll make me a happy list. I love the idea! Love the tacos and no, I didn't know it was National Taco Day! And I had Indian food! :)


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