Favorite Seasoning

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I keep this seasoning on hand and use it regularly…..it’s so much easier than getting out the salt, pepper and garlic powder every time I need it.  I use it for grilled chicken, steak, burgers, chicken bites, pot roast and I’m sure other things I’ve forgotten.

This is the ratio I like to use, which is pretty pepper-y.  If you aren’t a big fan of pepper then back off a bit.  Play around with it until it’s your own personal favorite seasoning!  I don’t measure it, just pour it in layers until it looks about right.  You could certainly measure it out if that’s more your style.

Favorite Seasoning:

  • 1 part sea salt
  • 2 parts ground black pepper
  • 2 parts garlic powder

Give it a good shake or stir to mix well and you’re all set!


Yummy Salad Dressings

I am loving making my own salad dressings.  No more mystery ingredients buried in a list that’s a mile long.  I  make a batch or two of homemade mayo each week, then use that as a base for dressings.  If you choose to use prepared mayo, buy one made with olive oil and that has the shortest ingredient list.

It really takes no time at all to whip them up and they taste so much better than your grocery-store stand-by.  Plus, you don’t want to ruin that yummy, healthy salad by dumping chemicals, preservatives and highly processed food substances on it.  Nope…..you sure don’t!

Creamy Italian (based on a recipe from Well Fed)

1/2 cup mayo (preferably homemade)

1/4 tsp Italian seasoning blend

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a jar, screw cap on tightly and shake.  Enjoy within a week a so.

Ranch (based on a recipe from Well Fed)

1/2 cup mayo (preferably homemade)

1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 tsp paprika

1 tbsp dried parsley

1 tbsp dried chives

1 tsp lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a jar, screw cap on tightly and shake.  Enjoy within a week or so.

Chipotle Lime

1 cup mayo (preferably homemade)

2 tbsp lime juice

1-2 tsp adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers in adobo

Place all ingredients in a jar, screw the cap on tightly and shake.  Enjoy within a week or so.  I use this on fish, cole slaw, fish tacos, and taco salad.  Super yummy…..but watch out for the adobo sauce.  Always best to start with a little so you can add more heat later.  If it gets to spicy, add a bit more mayo to tone it down.

Balsamic

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1-2 tsp minced garlic

1-2 tsp spicy brown or Dijon mustard (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a jar, screw the cap on tightly and shake.  You could also add about a tablespoon of honey or sugar to make it slightly sweeter.


Taco Seasoning

This is a great alternative to the pre-packaged taco seasoning packets.  You control the spicy-ness and don’t have to worry about any mystery ingredients.

1 tbsp chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp paprika

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Mix all ingredients together in small bowl.  For tacos, brown ground beef and drain, then add spice mix to beef along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup water and simmer 5-10 minutes.