Homemade Pizza

It’s Friday. You have time to do things tonight and tomorrow and Sunday… wow. What to do with a whole weekend? How about having some fun and making a pizza with family or friends?

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Ingredients

Dough

  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 (0.25 oz) package of active, dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water

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  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Tomato-based sauce
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Seasonest Italian Blend

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Take a medium or large bowl and pour in the warm water. Then, add the sugar and yeast until dissolved. Leave for 10 minutes (it will be creamy).
  • While waiting, mince garlic cloves. (How to: Peel the garlic clove out of its rough shell (you want the part that is smooth and shiny). Rinse it off and place it on a cutting board. Take a knife and press into the garlic with the flat side of the knife until garlic flattens. Chop into small pieces and leave to the side until ready to use.
  • Once creamy, add in flour, salt and oil and mix and until smooth. Leave for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle a clean surface with flour (lightly) and roll into a ball. Let it sit for a moment.
  • Spread olive oil lightly on a pan.
  • Roll out dough to desired shape and place upon pan.
  • Take the tomato sauce and spread it over the dough using a spoon for even distribution.
  • Add the garlic, then a generous amount of cheese and the pepperoni slices.
  • Top with Seasonest Italian Blend.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes to cool down.

Enjoy!

The Seasonest Family

Organic, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Lifestyles… We Fit Them All!

Diet and Lifestyle Blog

In the last few years, it seems that food and health awareness has become a big deal! We’re so glad for it as we are all about healthy living and love learning new ways to take care of our bodies. When we started Seasonest, we wanted to use the healthiest ingredients and to encourage ourselves and others to treat their bodies better by watching what we put into them.

Fast forward a few years, and we’re proud to say that we are doing better than ever and that our seasonings can still be enjoyed by diets and foodie lifestyles of all kinds! Do you eat meat? Or, maybe you’re a vegetarian? Vegan? We don’t stop there… paleo, organic, gluten-free, non-GMO… we cover them all. You DON’T have to stop enjoying the delicious flavors, even if you change your diet. Nobody wants to sacrifice flavor, right?

Today, we want to review what each type of diet and lifestyle really means so that you can get a better idea of how we fit into each of them and how you can still get the most enjoyment out of healthy eating with flavorful seasonings.


Vegan: If you’ve never really delved into this lifestyle, you may go through the thought process of, “Okay, so there are those who eat meat… and then there are vegetarians and pescatarians, but what exactly does “vegan” mean?” It’s a term that’s been around since the 1940s and it has become more popular in recent years. Of course, there have been those who lived vegan lifestyles long ago, but the coined term has only been around for a few decades. Veganism is the choice to eat foods that are not derived from animals. This can range all the way from meat and eggs down to honey made from bees. It is both a diet and a philosophy. Some choose it as they are highly concerned with animal treatment and feel that this is a way in which to avoid exploiting them, while others may simply do it for health reasons. There are so many reasons why someone may choose this lifestyle. We are proud to say that our products are safe for the vegan diet and way of life! Learn more about veganism here: Click Me!

Organic: This term refers to foods that do not contain antibiotics, growth hormones, GMOs, synthetic chemicals or fertilizers. When you are eating organic, you are saying no to all of these things and hopefully means that you are making a very conscious choice about the ingredients and foods that go into your body. Read more about what organic means here: Click Me.

Paleo: The Paleo lifestyle is one that chooses to forego refined sugars and grains as well as processed foods. It is based on what caveman would have had access to way back when, such as meat that they could hunt and vegetables that they could forage for. What it means for the modern era is no coffee, corn, alcohol, peanuts, legumes or dairy. It’s a tough one for many to stomach, but it’s definitely given some a healthier outlook on life and many will tell you that they feel so much better after giving it a try. To learn more about the Paleo Diet and where it came from, follow this link: Click Me!

Gluten-Free: With all of the diets and lifestyles listed here, it should be noted that technically, all of them are voluntary and based on personal choice. However, with a gluten-free lifestyle, many will likely choose it based on having a gluten allergy and an attempt to avoid the not-so-pleasant side effects of ingesting the gluten protein. Some people have celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder where gluten can damage the small intestine. Others simply have a sensitivity to it, and others may choose to be gluten-free for many other reasons. You don’t have to worry about any allergic reactions due to gluten with our seasonings; your celiac symptoms and sensitivity are safe with us! To learn more about celiac disease and gluten, check out this website: Click Me.

Non-GMO: GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organism”. What non-GMO means is that something wasn’t artificially modified or manipulated in a lab. For more information on this term and to see what foods do and don’t have a risk for GMOs, check out this link: Click Me.


Whew! With all of that information, we hope that you feel wiser to the ways of different foodie lifestyles and what it really means to have seasonings that fit into such a variety of categories! We’re really happy that people of all different kinds of diet choices are able to share in the fun and flavor of Seasonest.

Thanks for being part of the family.

The Seasonest Family

 

Why Do We Meal Prep?

Hello Everyone!

This is a Motivation Monday, healthy living, self-help guide to all things meal prepping. Meal prepping can be done so many ways, but it is something that regardless of method or ingredients produces great results. So, the question we have today is, “Why (specifically) do we meal prep? What makes it so great?”

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1. Portion Control

It’s pretty difficult to eat too much when you’ve only got so much, right? The logic behind keeping things in certain sizes is to help your body understand when it is truly full and to train your brain into understanding what amounts of various ingredients make up a nutritious, balanced diet. Staring at a food pyramid will only get you so far; you’ve got to really pay attention to what you are putting in your body and how much of it you truly need.

2. Preventing Sneaky Snack Attacks

Hunger strikes. It’s 3 pm. You’re at work and you know there is a vending machine down the hall from your office. We know the feeling… we get it, too! There are so many reasons why you could be feeling the afternoon slump/ snack attack. Lack of sleep, too many carbs at lunch, dehydration, lack of sun, being to stationary… the list goes on. If you are going to reach for a snack, it’s best to have one already prepared and one that you know will keep your energy and blood sugar levels up! Pack that snack.

3. Delicious, Ready-Made Meals

When you’re hungry, you could probably eat just about anything. However, when you get to the fridge and you see what your options are for today’s meal… you aren’t so sure you can make anything out of all of that stuff and suddenly you don’t feel like you’re in the mood for any of it. Plus, you’re too hungry and don’t think you’ll make it through a session of cooking! This is where meal prep comes in handy; you have meals already ready, or nearly ready to go so that you can have an easy-to-make, healthy meal in perfect portioning. Our biggest tip with ready-made meals is to use the right seasonings! Our ready-made seasoning combinations pack a lot of flavor and bring your meals to a whole other level. They’ve helped us take a lot of “boring” meals to extraordinary and really encourage us to eat well. (Try them here! Link)

4. Balanced Diet

As said before, staring at a food pyramid will only get you so far. It’s important to know what you’re eating, what food group it falls into and what nutrition it offers you. The health benefits of food will amaze you! When we put together our seasonings, we wanted to offer something that would be healthier than what usually gets put into or onto our food. The ingredients each have unique properties that aid in all kinds of things from acne to the common cold! The same thing goes for the foods you eat. If you want to stay in shape, help prevent certain diseases and feel better all around, make sure you pay attention to what goes into your mouth; it may one day save your life.


Overall, meal prepping helps you avoid being tired, unmotivated, tempted, stressed, and not having enough time in the day. You can bring a whole lot of goodness into your daily routine by simply changing your diet and how you look at food prep. If you’d like to learn more about meal prepping, check out the links below! We’ve found some great examples of how to approach the whole process.

  • From “Daily Burn”: Cooking ideas, time saving tricks and ingredient recommendations: Link
  • From “The Beach Body Blog”: Planning, encouragement and tips galore: Link
  • From “Fit Men Cook”: Great tips on storage, reheating and freezing: Link

For healthy seasonings to make any meal instantly more flavorful, check out www.seasonest.com!

Happy meal prepping!

The Seasonest Family

Snow Day Recipe: Quick & Easy Cajun Red Beans & Rice with Chicken

Seasonest Red Beans & Rice

Happy Potential Snow Day for our Georgia-based followers! For all of you gearing up due to weather warnings, we wanted to give you a great recipe for warming up. Make sure to stop by your local grocery store and pick up these ingredients so you can have a hearty, delicious meal. You may need to get there early if you don’t want to miss out on milk and bread though…

Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Andouille sausage
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Seasonest Spicy Blend
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cans red kidney beans, partially drained

Instructions:

  • Season vegetables with Seasonest Spicy Blend and sauté in large pot with olive oil. Set aside.
  • Sauté sausage until slightly browned and add in the already cooked vegetables.
  • Add in kidney beans with the remaining juice, chicken broth and season again with Seasonest Spicy Blend. Slightly mash beans while stirring.
  • Stir well and bring to a boil.
  • Turn down and let simmer for 25 minutes.
  • While the beans simmer, prepare a pot of rice.
  • Serve over rice.

We hope you get to have a great snow day filled with family, fun and delicious food.

Enjoy!

The Seasonest Family

Gentlemen… Valentine’s Day is Coming

Valentine's Day Cooking Blog

Alright. We have to let you in on a secret. Gentlemen… us ladies love it when you cook for us. We love it when you take care of us that way!  It’s so important to us to know how much we mean to you. And, you know what… Valentine’s Day is only about three weeks away! It’s the perfect time to add a little spice to your relationship (But, really.).

We’re here to help all the men out there with their Valentine’s Day plans. If you’re all out of ideas, take some of ours!

Step 1: Plan to cook your lady dinner

She will love it. No, really… she will be so happy that you took time to make food for her and will be so thrilled to know how much you care to do it. All it takes is a little planning ahead, a good recipe and some amazing spices.

Step 2: Prep yourself

You’re going to need some recipes and some supplies. We’ve got you covered.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes that we have personally taste tested: Click Here

As for supplies, we can help make your cooking experience even easier. All you have to do is use our delicious seasonings to give your food amazing flavor. Here are our recommendations:

  1. Original– If you think your lady is a classic, this blend is perfect for her taste buds. Season and grill a beautiful steak dinner for two with it and enjoy.
  2. Spicy– Does your lovely lady appreciate a little flame? Perhaps she likes the taste of Tex-Mex. This blend is sure to do the trick!
  3. Soul Food– Mmm… seafood dishes would be perfect with our Soul Food blend. Lobster, crayfish, salmon…
  4. Lemon Pepper– A chicken dish isn’t complete without this zesty blend. Add a side of rice and vegetables to round out the meal!
  5. Italian– Can’t you just imagine a beautiful, candle-lit dinner with an amazing pasta dish? You’ve got the right seasoning.

For all of our amazing seasoning blends, check out this page: Click Here

When you’re through with your meal and your lady is looking at you like you’ve given her the world, we hope you’ll think of us just a little and let us know how your meal went. We’ll let you keep the credit.

Love,

The Ladies of Seasonest

You CAN Cook: Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs

Mediterranean Chicken KabobsMmm, mmm, mmm… food inspired by the Mediterranean. We like to let our taste buds travel and we hope you do too, because this recipe is an easy way to take your dinner to a new sea level. If you are still a non-believer in your ability to cook, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, toss some ingredients into a bowl and let things marinade for a bit. But, really… it’s pretty much that simple.

Happy Monday. :)

Supplies:

  • One large bowl
  • Large skillet/pan
  • Choice of oil
  • Skewers
  • Tongs
Marinade Ingredients:
  • Juice from three limes
  • 15 minced garlic cloves (It’s worth it!)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp cardamom
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp of the Seasonest Italian Blend
Other Ingredients:
  • Cubed chicken thighs
  • Red onion
  • Zucchini
  • Optional: yellow rice and Greek salad
Instructions:
  • Mix spices together in a large bowl and season the cubed chicken. Add in the lime juice, olive oil and garlic cloves, and mix until everything is well-coated. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes or more.
  • After meat has finished marinating, thread onto skewers with your choice of veggies (We used zucchini and red onion!).
  • Lightly oil a large skillet and lay skewers in hot pan. Cook by rotating with tongs until finished.
  • Serve over a bed of rice and with a Greek side salad.
  • Enjoy!

The Seasonest Family

Recipe: Soulful, Delicious Potato Chips

Happy Friday Everyone!

We’ve got a fun snack recipe just in time for the weekend. This is a great family activity, or something fun that you can do with friends! There are also quite a few ways to make potato chips (baking, frying or microwaving) and we are going to show you how to make them! We used a deep fryer, but you can certainly use the alternate methods listed in the recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes
  • 3 tbsp. of sea salt
  • Soul Food or Soul Food Mild Spice Blend
  • 1 quart of your choice of oil

Instruments

  • Deep fryer, microwave, pan or baking sheet/oven
  • Oven mitt (Please use this anytime you plan on frying or handling hot things!)
  • Tongs (if frying- to remove potato chips)
  • Knife, food processor or mandoline
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Potato scrubber
  • Colander
  • 3 large plates or bowls
  • Paper towels

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Instructions

  • First, lay out two large bowls or plates and cover them with paper towels (You will need them for later.) Keep extra paper towels close at hand for later use.
  • Then, wash and rinse your potatoes. Make sure to scrub off the dirt, preferably with a potato scrubber.
  • Take a vegetable peeler, or a knife and carefully cut off the potato skins (Some choose to leave them on for extra crispiness.).
  • Slice the potatoes with a knife, food processor or mandoline to the desired width. Rinse the potato slices.
  • Get a large bowl and fill with cold water, adding 3 tbsp. of sea salt. Place the potato slices in the bowl for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, take the slices out of the water and rinse them in a colander and lay out to dry on one of the plates or bowls with paper towels. Let potato slices dry for about 30 minutes.
  • Begin cooking:
    • If using a deep fryer, take out the frying basket and fill with desired amount of oil (Do not overfill!). Preheat fryer to 350 degrees (It should take about 10-15 minutes to heat up.). *PLEASE NOTE: Only cook a few at a time!
    • If using a pan, fill with at least an inch of oil and slowly turn up the heat. Test the temperature with a wooden spoon; if it’s ready, bubbles will form around the wooden spoon! *PLEASE NOTE: Only cook a few at a time!
    • If you are microwaving, place potato slices apart from one another and cover with a paper towel. Cook on high power for 3 minutes; check on them and photo 3 (4)continue cooking at one minute intervals until they are cooked to your liking.
    • If baking in the oven, place potato slices apart on a gently oiled, buttered or greased baking pan and then oil/butter the potato slices. Cook for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees, or until golden brown.
  • Cook until golden brown.
  • Take the potato slices and lay them on the second bowl or plate covered in a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
  • Season with Seasonest’s Soul Food Blend!

We hope you enjoy this recipe. Let us know how your homemade potato chips taste!

The Seasonest Family

Demo at the Johns Creek, GA Whole Foods

Hi All!
IMG_0281It’s Courtney and I was at the Johns Creek Whole Foods this Sunday and really enjoyed meeting all of you who stopped by; thanks for tasting our seasonings! If you’ve ever demoed anything before, you know that sometimes it can be pretty lonely, so seeing you all made a world of difference. It also helps that you enjoyed the food we prepared so much that you got a Whole Foods employee who had just began working there to try it out after complimenting it so well; what a way to make my day. :)
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It seems that out of all of our blends, the Spicy Blend was the most popular. I was pretty surprised to see all of the kids pick up the spicy chicken samples and enjoy them so much.  The parents seemed even more surprised. One parent mentioned
that their child rarely eats chicken. Apparently, the little one asked if they could have chicken with our seasoning on it for dinner!

What a great success of a IMG_0280demo day. We love you Johns Creek and can’t get enough of your awesomeness. We hope you feel the same way about our seasonings and hope to be demoing there again soon.

Happy Days,
Courtney

Motivation Monday: Famous Company Slogans

Inspirational Slogans Blog

With 2016 under way, we are determined to get motivated towards being healthier versions of ourselves.

It’s not always easy to get up out of bed an extra hour or two early to work out or to drink the green mixture you concocted in the blender the night before instead of the fast and easy breakfast burrito, but you do it anyways on the way to a better you. Of course, you probably had some encouragement or inspiration along the way, right? We find that there are great motivators all around us in our everyday lives. We’ve found our everyday inspiration in some pretty fantastic company slogans that motivate us and we hope they motivate you, too!

1. Nike- “Just do it.”

Why we like it: The message is clear and simple; get out and get going. Sometimes, you have to be tough on yourself. And always, you have to be honest… So, there’s really no point in arguing with yourself when you’re aware that all you have to do is get out there and do it (exercise, eating well, etc.).

2. Adidas- “Impossible is Nothing”

Why we like it: You’re running and running and suddenly you’re more trudging along than anything. All you can think is, “This is impossible. How am I going to climb that hill?” And then, you think of this slogan. It may be an uphill climb back home on your jogging path, but you make it.

3. Subway- “Eat Fresh”

Why we like it: Ah, yes… we love this one. We are all about fresh ingredients and fresh food. When we make our seasonings, we use all-natural, fresh spices and herbs. When we cook meals, we make sure that whatever is going into our bodies is fresh! It makes a world of difference.

4. Energizer- “Keeps going and going and going.”

Why we like it: When you think of this slogan, it’s hard not to imagine the pink rabbit with the drum. It doesn’t give up! And even when we want to, just thinking of this little rabbit gets us back into gear. Sometimes, you just have to pretend you’re made of infinite battery power and power through! You’ll like the results.

5. L’Oréal- “Because I’m worth it.”

Why we like it: When you’re eating right and exercising, you’re doing it for yourself. You’re taking care of your body! You have to remember that you’re worth every bit of green breakfast juice and early morning workouts. A healthier you is a happier you and you are totally worth it.

We hope this inspires you and that you have a wonderful Monday!

The Seasonest Family