Taking a few minutes to mix up your own seasoning mixes will bring better flavor to your meals, less preservatives and yes I healthier, fresh way to eat. Choose your reason and run with it, as long as you are putting less toxic ingredients into your body.
Here are several easy and delicious seasoning mixes to line your pantry. Grow and dry your own herbs to use or stock up from the store. Either way it will beat the little packages of crap you can find in the store.
Taco Seasoning: 2 Teaspoons dried onions, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (can use flour), 1/2 teaspoon dried garlic, 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
To use: Add 1/2 cup water, 2 Tablespoons seasoning mix. Stir together. Simmer until most of the water is gone.
Sloppy Joe Seasoning: 1 Tablespoon dried onion, 1 teaspoon dried green pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon dried garlic, 1/4 teaspoon celery seed, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, 1 Tablespoon paprika
Use 3 Tablespoons seasoning mix, 1/2 cup water. Stir together. Simmer until most of the water is gone.
Poultry Seasoning: 4 teaspoon dried thyme, 4 teaspoons dried marjoram, 1 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 12 teaspoon dried sage
Mix to use.
Steak Seasoning: 1 Tablespoon coriander seed or powder, 4 tablespoons sea salt or regular salt, 1 tablespoon back pepper, 2 tablespoon paprika, 1/2 tablespoon dried onion, 1/2 tablespoon red pepper, 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder
Mix to use.
Chili Seasoning: 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons dried onion, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried garlic, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Mix together. I use 2 to 3 Tablespoons depending on how much chili I am fixing.
Lemon Pepper Seasoning: 4 tablespoons basil, 3 tablespoons oregano, 1 tablespoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon dried onion, 1 tablespoon celery seed, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 tablespoons dried lemon rind
Mix together and use.
Hidden Valley Ranch Mix: Blender or food processor. Add 15 saltine crackers, 2 cups parsley, 1/2 cup minced onions, 2 tablespoons dill, 1/4 cup onion salt, 1/4 cup onion powder, 1/4 cup garlic powder.
To use: Combine 1 teaspoon mix with 1 cup mayo and 1 cup buttermilk or 1 teaspoon mix, 1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup sour cream.
Salsa Mix: 1 1/2 cup dried cilantro, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 cup dried onion, 1/4 cup red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon black pepper
To use: 2 Tablespoons mix, 1 ten ounce can mexican tomatoes. Mix and serve.
Onion Soup Mix: 1/2 cup dried onions 2 tablespoons parsley, 5 tablespoons onion powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 2 teaspoons turmeric, 2 teaspoons sea salt or regular salt, 2 teaspoons garlic powder.
Mix everything together. 1/4 cup replaces the package you would purchase in the store.
Veggie Dip: 1/4 cup onion soup mix, 16 ounce container sour cream or yogurt. Mix and chill.
Oven Roasted Potatoes: Cut potato into cubes. Sprinkle with olive oil. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup onion soup mix over the potatoes. Mix to combine. Roast 400 degrees oven for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Mix 1/4 cup into meatloaf or hamburgers. ENJOY!