Spring Cleaning! And… Shopping?

Happy Fun Friday! Happy spring cleaning!

Those things don’t really go together, right? I mean, sometimes cleaning can be pretty blah. Stains, dirt, grime, dust, slime… whatever it may be, it just doesn’t seem to be all that fun to get to the bottom of that cleaning to-do list.

However… who is going to say no to some spring shopping on a Friday? Could you use a little shopping break? Well, now that we’ve got your attention… you can totally use spring cleaning as an excuse to shop!

The kind of spring cleaning we are thinking of is the kind that involves your pantry. Things eventually go bad and you need to restock and replenish. This includes your seasonings and spices! Depending upon the seasoning or spice, you’ll need to change them out sometime between 1-3 years, so make sure to check those labels (All of our products come with easy-to-identify labels with best-to-use-by dates!).

Now, the question is… what do you put back in to your pantry? Here are some ideas:

The Classics

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These seasonings can go on just about everything. As my father once joked about the Original Blend, “This seasoning is so good, it will taste great on ice cream, too!” Whether you’re cooking beef, chicken, fish, pasta, or any homemade, healthy dish, you can’t go wrong with the Original Blend, Lemon Pepper Blend, Italian Blend or the Soul Food Blend. They’re all made with organic sea salt and contain spices you’d use in everyday dishes! They aren’t too spicy, so that all palettes can eat them comfortably and add so much flavor to any delicious dish.

The Bold Ones

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When you’re looking to make something spicy, you’ve got to look for seasonings with bold flavor! Whether you’re taking inspiration from the island of Jamaica or the flavors of South America, you know you’re getting something amazingly flavorful. Our recommendations for bold flavor are our Lemon Fire Blend, Jerk Blend, Spicy Blend and Adobo Blend!


Shopping with Seasonest is really fun and we love offering our seasoning advice wherever needed! If you’d like to browse our virtual shelves for easy-access shopping, check out our website today! Click here

Enjoy your weekend and your “spring cleaning”! :)

Abundant Blessings,

Crystal Peterson

 

Our Favorite Ways to Use… the Italian Blend!

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Happy Wednesday!

A great week deserves a great post, am I right? I wanted to spice things up and spread the love for one of our seasonings,  sharing some of our favorite ways of using our delicious Italian Blend. Shall we get started? Andiamo!

First, of course, we have to talk about pasta. There are sooo many ways to use the Italian blend with pasta. With organic ingredients like basil, oregano and garlic, you’ll be bringing the Mediterranean to your table! Here are a few pasta dishes for inspiration:

  • Homemade, Classic Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (Our Recipe)
  • Penne Pasta with Chicken Alfredo
  • Bacon, Broccoli Alfredo Pasta (Check out our recipe, here!)
  • Fancy Macaroni and Cheese (Just add fresh ingredients such as freshly chopped basil, tomatoes, and our Italian Blend!)

Food from the Mediterranean is hearty, warm and delicious. We can’t forget that there are so many other ways to use the Italian Blend! Here are some other inspiring ideas:

If you love the Italian Blend as much as we do, let us know in the comments section below. We enjoy hearing from you and learning all about your love for family, food and fun.

Ciao!

Courtney

Matters of the Heart

Matters of the Heart

We’re so glad to have the honor of being in your spice cabinet, filling shelves at your local grocery stores and making your food so flavorful. Our seasonings are dear to our heart and we love being a close-knit, family-owned business that brings you such healthy ingredients!

Speaking of love and these healthy ingredients, we wanted to focus on heart health and which seasonings contain the best ingredients for everything related to the heart (Aside from falling in love with the flavor, of course!).


Here are a few of our favorite ingredients we use!

  • Basil: If you’re into maintaining your blood pressure, this is one tasty way to treat it!  (Italian Blend)
  • Cayenne: Cayenne assists with blood flow and helps your body avoid blood clots. (Original Blend)
  • Garlic: This special ingredient can lower your risk of heart disease and is found in many of our blends! (Soul Food, Lemon Pepper, Original, Adobo, Italian and Mild Blends)
  • Lemon Peel: High blood pressure? Try some of this! (Lemon Pepper Blend)
  • Onion Powder: Onion powder can assist in maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. (Adobo Blend)

If you’re not already a Seasonest user, we hope that you’ll take a peak at what we have to offer. You can see all of our flavorful blends here: Link

All our love,

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!

Love,
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The Seasonest Family

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

Etc.

  • 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

Gentlemen… Valentine’s Day is Coming

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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

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

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

Solving Your Christmas Gift Dilemmas

Hello and Happy Friday!

It’s almost Christmas. Yes, this beautiful holiday filled with love, joy and peace is literally a week away! However, we know that some of you may not be feeling the peace right now as you’re stressed about what to get everyone on your list! How about a Seasonest blend or two?

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Here is how you can decide which ones to pick!

  • Are they traditional, classic and all-around fantastic? Original Blend

This is the blend where it all started and where our company gets it’s deliciously seasoned beginnings. It has the flavors of New Orleans, a little kick and a lot of potential.

  • Do they have a sense of self-confidence and a hint of sassy smarts? Spicy Blend

Spicy, spicy, spicy! This blend is full of cayenne and could be the best food challenge to any self-assured person.

  • Do they dream of world travel and the adventures they could have? Italian Blend

With hints of the Italian hills, this blend will take them to a land filled with a tradition of hearty dishes and family recipes.

  • Are they a bit timid when it comes to new things, but you’re convinced they’re exactly the ones who have a secret wild side? Lemon Pepper Blend

Seasoning with pepper is fairly normal, right? Adding in the lemon gives any dish an amazingly refreshing zest and could add the perfect amount of new for someone not usually so daring.

  • Are they friendly, hearty and full of cheer? Soul Food Mild Blend

This blend goes well with almost anything. It’s full of flavor, makes dishes deliciously savory and really makes everything feel a bit… homey.

  • Do they need a vacation… badly? Jerk Mild Blend

Take them to the islands for nearly free! The flavors in this blend are wonderfully Carribbean and will help them feel like they’re dining in a tropical paradise.

  • Is this person someone who appreciates a lively, active lifestyle that’s full of fun? Adobo Blend

If they like things kicked up a notch… if they like flavor… if they like Tex-Mex, South of the Border, Mexican, etc… This is the blend for them!

Check out our website for more information on all of these delicious blends.

We hope that this list helps you with your Christmas shopping. Feel free to comment below about your favorite blends and give advice to Seasonest shoppers who may be needing your help!

Happy shopping!

Seasonest