Healthy Seasoning Blend Recipes

At the request of Janet from Anvil Artifacts, I scoured the internet looking for interesting seasoning blends that I could modify into the healthiest versions to share with you.  The following collection is pretty broad with some everyday staples as well as an excursion into the exotic. If you missed my in-depth explanation of salt and the role it should play in your diet, read: Salt: Friend or Foe. Trying different seasonings keeps your food interesting and exposes you to unusual tastes, get creative you may discover a new favorite! Check if your local grocery store sells herbs or seasonings in bulk if you would like to try an unfamiliar spice first or if the amount you would use doesn’t justify buying a whole bottle. I know here in Colorado, Sprout’s farmers market sells spices in bulk.  If you would like to make any of the blends salt free, do so and let people season their individual plates at the table with unrefined sea salt. Making your own seasoning blends is a great idea if you are trying to avoid food additives &  MSG or if you would just like to control the amount of salt in your diet. It is always best to store your finished blends in an airtight glass jar in a cool, dry, dark place and don’t forget to shake well before use. Enjoy!

Savory Salt-Free Seasoning

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English: Grains of black pepper  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1 tbsp. cayenne

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. onion powder

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. dried parsley flakes

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

1 1/4 tsp. dried sage

1 tsp. marjoram (optional)

1 tsp. dried ground lemon peel

Mix well in a small bowl. Use as an all-purpose savory seasoning. Store for up to 4 months.

Curry in the spice-bazaar (egypitan) in Istanbul

Steak Seasoning

Enough to season 6 steaks

2 tbsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. curry powder

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1 tsp. ground coriander

1/2 tsp. black pepper, freshly ground

1 tsp. organic sugar (if you are going to use the entire amount right away, you could substitute honey or agave syrup)

1/2 tsp. thyme

Mix well in small bowl. Rub seasoning into steaks and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grill to desired temperature. Remaining seasoning can be stored up to 1 month.

Classic Beau Monde

Bay leaves
Bay leaves (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Use for poultry, fish, veggies, sauces

1 tbsp. coarse ground, unrefined sea salt

1 tbsp. ground bay leaves

2 tbsp. ground white pepper

2 tbsp. ground black pepper

1 tbsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. ground allspice

1 tsp. celery seed

1 tbsp. ground cloves

Mix well in small bowl. Will store up to 4 months.

Dried basil leaves

Cajun Seasoning

Use on ribs, chicken, blackened fish, shrimp, in sauces, or in blackened pasta

3 tbsp. coarse ground, unrefined sea salt

1/4 cup chili powder

1/4 cup Hungarian paprika (or just use regular)

1 tbsp. onion powder

1 tbsp. coarse ground black pepper

1 tbsp. dried basil

1 tbsp. dried oregano

1 tbsp. ground coriander

1/2 tsp. cayenne, ground

2 tsp.  dried thyme

1/4 tsp. cumin, ground

1/4 tsp. ground white pepper

Mix well. Store up to 3 months.

Seasoned Salt Blend

Dill
Dill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blend in food processor or blender for even texture

4 tbsp. coarse ground unrefined sea salt

1/2 tsp. thyme

1/2 tsp. marjoram

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

2 1/4 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. dry mustard

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. dill

1/2 tsp. celery seed

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Mix well. Store for up to 3 month.

Poultry Seasoning

Blend in food processor for fine texture

1 tsp. coarse ground unrefined sea salt

1 tsp. white pepper

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. dry mustard

1/2 tsp. ground bay leaves

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. sage

1/2 tsp. dried rosemary

Mix well. Store up to 3 months.

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Taco Seasoning

Enough to season one pound of meat (ground beef, buffalo, chicken, or turkey)

1 tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. organic sugar

1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt

Mix well. To use: Brown meat, drain oil. Add 1/3 cup water and seasoning cook 10 minutes over medium low, or until water is cooked out.

Espresso Cardamom Rub

Fine espresso beans.
Fine espresso beans. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rub into chicken or pork chops

1/4 cup finely ground espresso

1/4 cup organic granulated sugar

3 tbsp. coarse ground unrefined sea salt

3 tbsp. paprika

1 tbsp. cardamom

1 tbsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. garlic powder

Mix well. To use: Mix 2 tbsp. seasoning with 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil, rub into chicken or pork chops. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes and then grill or cook as desired.

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Chili Seasoning Mix

Adjust the crushed red pepper to suit your heat  preference.

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

4 tsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. crushed red pepper

1 tbsp. dried minced onion

1 tbsp. dried minced garlic

2 tsp. organic granulated sugar

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. dried parsley

2 tsp. unrefined sea salt

1 tsp. basil

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

2 tsp. oregano

Mix well. Store up to 3 months.

Ranch Seasoning Mix

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Can be used to make ranch dressing

1/2 cup dried buttermilk

1 tbsp. dried parsley

1 tsp. dried dill weed

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. dried minced onion

1 tsp. unrefined sea salt

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend on high until smooth. Store dry mix up to 3 months. To use: 1 tbsp. = envelope of ranch dressing mix

To make dressing: 1 tbsp. mix + 1 cup milk + 1 cup (mayo made with olive oil or sour cream or no-fat plain, Greek or regular, style yogurt.) Mix well, use within 1 week, keep refrigerated.

മലയാളം: Garlic

Garlic Seasoning Paste

Use for lobster, shrimp, fish, grilled steaks, chicken, veggies or sauces

2 Heads of garlic, peeled

1/2 cup cold water

2 tbsp. unsalted, organic butter

In food processor or blender, puree garlic and water until smooth. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, cook garlic puree until water has evaporated and small holes form on the surface of the puree. Do not overcook or the garlic will become bitter. To use: add  to dishes shortly before serving. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

References:

http://Homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blspice32.htm

http://simplemom.net/seasoning-blend-recipes/

Grill Everyday, by Diane Morgan

www.foodandwine.com/recipes/garlic-seasoning-ajo-preparado

http://food.com (chef: Angela Curtis)

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6 thoughts on “Healthy Seasoning Blend Recipes

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  2. Anvil Artifacts Reply

    Awww how wonderful of you! Can’t wait to give these a try. They sound delicious! Thanks so much for responding to my request in such a large way. Much appreciated!

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