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

Motivation Monday: Things to Think About

Life is hard. But, it’s also wonderful and full of new joys every day. Sometimes it takes someone else to help us see the good in things when we’re at our wits’ end or just don’t see the opportunities in front of us. Because of this, we wanted to change things up a bit and share some of our favorite motivational quotes with you to help inspire a more motivated you this Monday!


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Firstly, we must debunk that thought you have running through your mind. No more saying you can’t cook! Are you putting food on the table? Yes. Are you and those you care for eating it? Yes. Think about how great of an impact you are having by providing needed nutrition that is being EATEN to those you love. Once you realize that kind of an impact you are having, take a step back and realize… you’re cooking! If it’s a matter of you not liking the flavor of your food, we can most definitely help with that. Seasonings do make a difference! Remember, though: You CAN cook.

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Never forget that you’ve got flavor! You’re a unique person with your very own personality and style. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Whether you’re spicy, soulful, original, or even a combination of them all, make sure to share your unique flavor with the world! The spice you add to the world’s recipe is special and important.

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Are there any personal goals that you have? How about some ambitious dreams? It’s so wonderful to have hope for the future and what you can accomplish. Sometimes we can get a bit sidetracked or doubtful in ourselves and lose our excitement or confidence in our abilities and the dreams we have for ourselves. Believe in yourself and don’t give up; your dreams hold great value. You have those dreams for a reason; now, make sure to pursue them!

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Amidst our hustle and bustle and wanting to live our lives comfortably, we can forget that there are others in the world and that they have great value, too. As people, we need other people and no matter how independent or confident we try to be, we will always come back to the realization that our relationships are one of the most important parts of our lives. Take care of those around you, love them from the bottom of your heart and even though it can be challenging, make sure to put them first. I can assure you that it will make a big difference.

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Have you ever realized how amazing our world is? When you look back through history, you can see how far we’ve come and what all we have accomplished. Can you believe that indoor plumbing wasn’t always a thing? How about cars, the internet, grocery stores or cell phones? People have an amazing capacity to dream and create. What dreams do you have? As Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”


If you’re feeling inspired, make sure to share this with others. You never know how big of an impact some motivation and inspiration can have on someone!

Abundant Blessings,

Crystal Peterson

 

Adobo Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp

Adobo Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp

Happy Friday!

We’re excited to share this shrimp dish with you because this recipe is a lot of fun! The meal is so easy to make and it only uses five ingredients, but boy do you get to use some flavors.

Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh shrimp
  • Avocado oil
  • 1/2 (or, more) of a jalapeño
  • Lime juice
  • Adobo Seasoning Blend
  • (Optional) Cilantro for garnish

Utensils:

  • Bowl
  • Skewers
  • Grill
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Marinade brush

Instructions:

  • Chop up jalepaño and cut lime in half.
  • Take fresh shrimp, avocado oil, 1/2 (or, more) of a jalapeño, lime juice and our Adobo Seasoning Blend and put it all in a bowl to marinate for 15-30 minutes!
  • Remove shrimp from bowl and place onto skewers (Save the marinade!).
  • Turn on grill and place on the skewers of shrimp. Brush marinade (or, drizzle with a spoon) onto the shrimp while it is cooking.
  • For looks and extra flavor, add cilantro!
  • Enjoy.

Watch the video tutorial here: Watch me!

Have a great weekend,

The Seasonest Family

Valentine’s Day Gifting… Spice It Up!

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Quick! Send your significant other out of the room… okay, are you ready? You’ve got 11 days. That is cutting it close my friend. There are less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day; have you gotten them that gift yet? Uhuh…. OKAY. Let’s get to work.

Firstly, our seasonings make great gifts! They come in an array of delicious flavors for all kinds of palettes.

  • Does your significant other like to eat food every day? Great! Then, you’re already one step closer to fulfilling a practical, daily need, but with extra added umph.
  • Does your significant other value their health? Do you value their health? PERFECT. Our seasonings contain all-natural Celtic sea salt as well as ingredients that are non-GMO, gluten free, vegan-friendly and organic. If you are taking a break from salt, we’ve got options for that as well.
  • Do they like things that taste good? If your lovebug /boo /pumpkin /schnookums enjoys food with flavor, they’ll LOVE our seasonings. Keep them from eating just to eat and give them the gift of flavorful food enjoyment!

Order those seasonings now if you want them in time for Valentine’s Day! They’re only $5 each right now and shipping is free for orders over $15.


Now that that’s all settled and we can see that you clearly love your better half, Heart 2here’s what you do. Take a quick trip to our website (click me) and read about each of the flavors. If you’d like some help with how to choose, here’s what we suggest based on their personality:

  • Sassy/Sarcastic: Spicy Blend
  • Romantic: Italian Blend
  • Traditional (with a secret twist): Lemon Pepper Blend
  • Classy: Original Blend
  • Big-Hearted: Soul Food Blend
  • Comical: Jerk Blend
  • Active/Athletic: Adobo Blend
  • Wild Child: Lemon Fire Blend
  • Sweet: Mild Blend

Yep. Definitely saw you eyeing that blend. You know they’d love it!


Heart 1Our last bit of advice is how to present your beloved with this special, spicy gift. Here we go! (Please read these aloud in the cheesiest voice possible. It is also crucial that you present the gift in perfect timing with your words. Trust us.)

  • Spicy Blend: “Hey baby. Just wanted to spice things up a bit.”
  • Original Blend: “(Insert name here), I love that you’re so… original.”
  • Soul Food Blend: “Darling, you are food for my soul.”
  • Italian Blend: “You inspired me… your love takes me to faraway places.”
  • Adobo Blend: “Ad-o-bo about you, but I’d love to make you dinner.”
  • Jerk Blend: “I know I can be a jerk sometimes, but tonight, I want to focus on you!”

“You know, there’s a season for everything… and there’s always seasoning for you.”


We hope you enjoyed a good laugh and have some fun ideas for your favorite person on Valentine’s Day. Let us know if you got to use one of our cheesy pick-up lines!

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The Seasonest Family

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

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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

 

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

What’s Your Flavor Profile?

We’ve always said that each of our spice blends have their own personality. So, here’s our attempt at outlining the personality type best associated with each seasoning. We had lots of fun doing this and hope you enjoy it too.

Seasonest Spice Trait Bubbles

Original: You keep it classy and fun. People like that about you. The party hasn’t officially started until you’ve arrived, and others strive to be like you. You are definitely a trendsetter!

Soul Food: You are slightly loud, but it’s just you being you. You keep it real, and aren’t afraid to speak your mind. People come to you when they want excellent advice.

Jerk Mild: You value knowledge and understanding. Calm and collected, you think about the long-term. You’ve been known to have a slight bite, but you always soothe it over with calm words. Witty and fun, yet laid back too? People definitely enjoy being around you!

Italian: The romantic. You have an excellent value system in place and family is at the center of your heart. Quick to see the worth of things, you easily make your thoughts known. Loyal, you’re ok with not being the center of attention as long as you’re in a group of great friends.

Spicy: People Person! You live in the moment and enjoy being around great friends. Not everyone can handle you, but those who know you love you and are loyal to you to the end.

Original Salt Free: Analytical and precise, you care. Very cautious, you are protective of those you love. There’s a clarity and deliberateness about you that draws people to you. You’re stable and secure!

Lemon Pepper: Laid back and practical. Not much bothers you or gets to your head, and you are very sensible. Order is very much a part of your daily life, but you’ve got a hidden fire that drives you forward.

Soul Food Spicy: Who knows sass better than you? You are enthusiastic about life and no challenge is too great for you. New projects and ideas excite you and you are quick to take the lead. You love being around people, and always make yourself known.

Mild: Gentle and kind, everyone loves you. You’re great with children and put other’s needs before you own. Positive reinforcement is great for you and you are quite responsible. You like to take it easy, and enjoy life, without the drama.

Adobo: Creative and resourceful, you enjoy a good debate with others. Fun and outgoing, it’s easy to get along with you! No one gets you down, and you’re often there to cheer up your friends and keep them going! People come to you when they want a shoulder to lean on.

Lemon Fire: You like to live on the edge! Nothing is too big for you to overcome and you address issues head on. You are optimistic and let nothing rain on your parade. Definitely a doer, you charge your way through, not always looking at the consequences.

Soul Food Mild: You’re very warm-hearted and easy-going, but there’s a quiet strength about you. You stay with things until the end, and are well-respected. Idealistic, you’re calm unless someone challenges something you hold dear.

Jerk: You are assertive and outspoken. You know what you want, and you want it now. No, you’re not mean, there’s just a way to get things done: Yours! Driven to excel and lead, it’s no wonder you’re at the top!

Let us know which spice best describes you.  Was your favorite flavor what you expected?  If not, maybe you have a new blend to try.  Please share with family and friends to see what their flavor says about them.