Seasonest Makes New Orleans Style Gumbo

We’re so glad it’s Friday and we’re feeling kind of festive! For this #FlashBackFriday we wanted to share one of our favorite (and most viewed) recipes: New Orleans Style Gumbo. Full of tasty seafood, sausage and chicken, this recipe continues to steal hearts and stomach alike. Watch our super easy video tutorial to see how it’s done!

Have a great weekend!

The Seasonest Family

Your Recipe Guide to March Madness

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March Madness has officially began, and we’ve got a great lineup of delicious recipes you can use to impress your fellow basketball enthusiasts! These classic recipes are sure to be a hit whether you’re enjoying them solo or with a group of friends. Tell us in the comment who you’re rooting for and if you enjoyed the recipes!

Hot and Spicy Buffalo Wings

Hot Wings

 

Buffalo wings have become more than just snack food for a ball game. Make it as hot as you like and enjoy anytime. Usually eaten with celery sticks and blue cheese or ranch dressing, but can be served with any sides you desire.

Ingredients

3lbs Chicken Wings, buffalo cut
Seasonest – Spicy Blend
1/3 cup Hot Sauce
3 TBSP Butter
Cooking Spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 400˚. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Sprinkle Seasonest – Spicy Blend on chicken. Arrange chicken on baking sheet and place in oven for 45 minutes until brown and crispy. Turn the wings halfway through cooking to brown both sides.

Melt butter in a sauce pan over low heat with hot sauce and 1 tsp of Seasonest – Spicy Blend. Pour into large mixing bowl. Add cooked chicken wings and shake until wings are covered with sauce.

Serve immediately with celery sticks with blue cheese or ranch dressing.

 

Crawfish Hush Puppies

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These tasty bites are sure to be eaten up quick. Simple to make, simple to enjoy!

1 cup yellow cornmeal

¾ cup self rising flour

1 tsp salt sweet onion, minced

7 oz cooked deveined and shelled crawfish

1 tbsp Seasonest Original

2 chives, minced

1 cup of milk

1 egg

Peanut or other oil for frying

Cut the crawfish into small pieces and season with a sprinkle of Seasonest Original. Mix all dry ingredients and wet ingredients together separately. Combine dry and wet mixtures (being careful not to over work). Stir in crawfish. Fry tablespoon sized dollops in canola oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat until golden brown. They don’t have to be perfect circles! Immediately sprinkle with Seasonest Original once removed from oil.

Serve with remoulade sauce as an appetizer or with dinner.

*Note that the crawfish can be replaced with almost anything: diced Andouille, crabmeat, whatever you like.

Party Dip

Party Dip

Only three ingredients needed for this delicious recipe. This dip can be served with fresh vegetables, crackers, breads or other dipping foods. Enjoy!

Ingredients

8 oz Cream Cheese

4 oz Low-fat Sour Cream
1.5 tbsp Seasonest Original Spice Blend

Directions

Place all ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a mixer or by hand until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with parsley, cilantro or scallions.

Serve immediately with fresh vegetable sticks, crackers, bread or chips or refrigerate until served.

 

Happy Monday!

The Seasonest Family

You CAN Cook: A Simple, Romantic Meal

Hi Everyone,

Since it’s Valentine’s Day week, we felt that it was time to pull out a quick and tasty meal that you and your special someone can enjoy together. You may be so busy with kids that having a lot time to yourself just isn’t a real option. You may be coming back from a long trip, a weekend away or, just simply wish to keep this Valentine’s Day dinner simple (And as an added bonus, relatively inexpensive!).

Whichever category you may fall into, we hope that you enjoy this tasty meal and can share it with the ones you love!

Easy, Cheesy Casserole


Ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or strips)
  • 1 head of organic broccoli
  • 2-3 full-size, organic carrots
  • 1 head of organic cauliflower
  • 3/4 cup long grain or wild rice
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • Sharp cheddar cheese (Or, mixed cheeses for added flavor!)
  • Seasonest Original Blend

    Utensils:

  • Baking/ casserole dish (the one pictured is around 12″x 9.75″x 5″)
  • Medium stove-top pot and lid
  • Wok or frying pan
  • Scoop/stirring spoon
  • Two oven mitts
  • Cutting knife
  • Two cutting boards (one for meat, one for vegetables)
  • Measuring cup
  • Cheese grater

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside casserole dish (You may wish to apply olive oil to keep ingredients from sticking to the side of the dish.).
  • Measure out 3/4 cup rice and 2 1/4 cup water and place these in a medium stove-top pot. Add in 1 Tbsp. of olive oil so that the rice doesn’t stick to the pot.
  • Turn on a stove-top burner to Medium-High and place the rice-filled pot on top. Bring contents to a boil, then cover with a lid and turn burner down to Low or Med-Low for 20 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from packaging and wash thoroughly. Cut chicken into desired size (Bite-size preferable). Set aside.
  • Take out your vegetables and wash them thoroughly, then chop them up to bite-size pieces. Set aside.
  • Place wok or frying pan onto the stove and turn burner on to Medium heat. Once it is fully heated, toss in chicken and 1 Tbsp. olive oil and cook well (Chicken will turn white and need flipping to ensure thorough cooking.). Once well-cooked, toss in the vegetables and another 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Also, sprinkle in Seasonest Original Blend in desired amount.
  • Once rice, chicken and vegetables are all done cooking, place rice into the bottom of the casserole dish, adding the vegetables and chicken on top. Add a layer of grated sharp cheddar to the top until fully covered and place the dish in the oven for 20 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted.
  • After the cheese has melted, remove cooked casserole from oven using BOTH oven mitts and let sit for 5 minutes to cool.
  • Enjoy!

Let us know if you get the opportunity to try this dish and how it goes!

Happy Motivation Monday,

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

The Top Five Reasons to Use Our Seasonings

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday!

You’ve made it. It’s one of the first weeks back since the holidays and you’re doing a great job. Keep up the good work!

We love having the opportunity to encourage and inspire those who read our blogs and postings. It’s really important to live a healthy lifestyle mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally, and we believe that incorporating our seasonings is a great way to start. We’ve put together a helpful list of reasons why you should be using our seasonings and how it can benefit you.

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1) The Health Benefits

Each of our all-natural blends offers a variety of herbs and spices that have amazing health benefits. Whether it’s heart health, liver function, acne, etc… there’s something beneficial in our seasonings for everyone. Check out our health benefits blog that goes into detail about the many great uses of our ingredients: Health Benefits Blog

2) The Flavor

Mmm, mmm, mmmm… what’s cooking? From the moment you open up one of our flavorful seasonings, you can tell it’s all fresh, all-natural and all completely delicious. A lot of branded seasonings have a good taste, but they don’t offer the freshness or that great quality flavor that Seasonest seasonings provide each and every time. Once you’ve experienced the richness and variety of flavors that our seasonings offer, it’s hard to ever to back to anything else. Taste our very first flavor, the Original Blend, and see what your taste buds have been missing.

3) To Travel

Very few of us have the luxury of just hopping on a plane on a whim and flying to our dreamland destination. It may be that you can’t whisk yourself away right now, but you can certainly take yourself to far off destinations with your food choices! If you’re looking for a Caribbean escape with cool waters, warm sand and a spicy twist, take some time away from everything with our delicious Jerk Blend. Or, perhaps you’re looking for something romantic that reminds you of rolling, green hills, cobblestone streets and the most appetizing smells you’ve ever known. This type of fantasy needs our Italian Blend!

4) To Encourage

If you feed picky eaters, welcome to the club. Sometimes, it’s really a challenge to get certain family members to eat the food you put in front of them and it can be extremely frustrating, sometimes even offensive. We’ve found through our in-store demos that even the pickiest eaters who try our seasonings LOVE them. We had a mom drop by and let us know about her picky eaters at home (who may also have been present in the shopping cart). She told us how much they loved our seasonings and how it got her picky eaters out of picky eating. Every mom has been there at some point, so it was really an encouragement to us and an inspiration to know how much our seasonings had an effect on even just one family. Her family liked our Mild Blend (You can click it!). Why not give it a try with your picky eaters?

5) For Ease

It’s been a long day. Work was super stressful. And you’re in charge of dinner tonight. You don’t know what to make and you were so busy that you forgot to plan ahead. You get home and manage to find some easy-to-cook ingredients after digging around in your fridge, but they look so plain and bland. You’re not thrilled. And then you remember… you’ve got Seasonest Soul Food Blend. You have instantly upgraded your easy-to-cook meal into something fabulous. Try Soul Food for yourself: Click Here


 

Take some time today to look through our website and pick out your favorite flavors. In no time, you’ll see the benefits to using our Seasonings. Let us know which category you fall into above when it comes to using our flavorful seasonings!

Have a fantastic weekend,

The Seasonest Family

Flavorful Recipes: Roasted Cornish Hen

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to work on those resolutions! If you resolved to be a better cook or to simply try some fun, new recipes, here’s a great one for a simple and delicious meal: roasted Cornish hen.

Prep time: 10 minutes RoastedCornishHen.Seasonest
Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Seasonest Original Blend
  • Seasonest Lemon Pepper Blend
  • Cornish hen
  • Olive oil
  • Your choice of vegetables

Recipe: 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Take a Cornish hen and pat dry.
  • Season with the Seasonest Original Blend until entire bird is covered and follow with a dash of our Lemon Pepper Blend on top.
  • Baste with a little olive oil.
  • Place on a baking tray and cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the thickest part of the thigh has reached 180 degrees. Halfway through cooking, baste again with olive oil, to help ensure crispy skin.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes before serving to let the juices settle.
  • Serve with your favorite veggies and side dishes!

If you hold yourself accountable, or have an accountability partner, it tends to make keeping your resolutions much easier. We can help with that! Make sure to send us your photos with your finished masterpieces and let us know how your Cornish hen turned out. :)

Remember, you CAN cook!

The Seasonest Family

Motivation Monday: Quick Christmastime Cooking Guide

Happy Motivation Monday!

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It’s super busy right around now for just about everyone. This time of year, the last thing I want to realize is that I don’t have enough food in the fridge, but, it happens when Christmas shopping and preparations are going on and we’re all going five different directions.

Does this ever happen to you? If it does, I’ve got some quick tips to help you out with mealtime fixes!

Tip 1) Check your stock.

Look in the pantry, on shelves and in your refrigerator for food items and ingredients. If you are like us, you’ll find that you have a lot more potential meal-making items than you suspected.

Tip 2) Gather the basics.

  • Meat/Protein
  • Carb/ Bread
  • Vegetable(s)
  • Dairy/Sauce/Cheese/Soup
  • Spices/Seasonings

Tip 3) Put it all together.

There are a lot of options you have if you are able to find at least two to three of the five categories listed above. But, seasoning it right is crucial to the flavor. Here are some examples!

  • Jerk Mild meaty pasta
  • Original Salt Free egg and vegetable stir fry (Add noodles for a heartier meal.)
  • Mild hearty meat, noodle and veggie soup
  • Spicy ham or turkey and cheese sandwich
  • Soul Food Mild soup and grilled cheese
  • Adobo quesadillas and sour cream
  • Original cheesy egg sandwich
  • Lemon pepper soup and salad
  • Italian-seasoned ham, ranch and cheese sandwich
  • Adobo huevos rancheros (Spicy, spicy eggs!)

 

What we’ve learned is to ALWAYS have our favorite seasonings stocked up. When you’re in a time crunch, and really, even when you’re not, seasonings can save a meal and make them truly amazing. If you’d like tips on how to make any of the above recipes, comment below!

Hope you’re having a great Christmas week. Thank you for all of your continued support of our family’s business.

Abundant Blessings,

Crystal Peterson

Motivation Monday: You CAN Cook!

Happy Motivation Monday! It’s Courtney for this Monday segment and I’ve noticed that a lot of people claim that “they can’t cook”; that’s quite silly, really… of course they can! It’s all about the right ingredients and following directions. I’ve made something I really think you’ll like and that is easy to create; Alfredo topped with crispy bacon! Also, it can be made gluten-free by substituting regular pasta with a gluten free version.
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The Recipe: Alfredo with Crispy Bacon

Ingredients:

  • Alfredo sauce
  • Bacon
  • Broccoli (chopped)
  • Minced garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Penne pasta
  • Seasonest Italian seasoning
  • Seasonest Original seasoning
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes (diced)

Total Prep/Cook Time: 25 min

Steps:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place bacon on a baking sheet to bake for about 10 minutes, or until crispy.

In a pan on the stove, add a drizzle of olive oil and a teaspoon of minced garlic over medium heat and sauté for a few minutes.

Add in chopped broccoli, Alfredo sauce, pasta and spinach to the pan and sauté until the spinach is a little wilted.

Add in a dash of Seasonest Original and Italian seasonings into the pan and toss in diced tomatoes last.

Once the bacon is cool enough to handle, crunch it up into little pieces.

Scoop the pasta into a bowl and top with Parmesan cheese and bacon.

Enjoy!

Courtney