It’s a great day for celebration. Not only is it almost the weekend, but it’s also the day we’re celebrating February’s seasoning of the month, our Soul Food Blend!
The Soul Food Blend really is the “heart and soul” of our blends. It has rich, hearty flavors that remind you of favorite foods and the comforts of home. When you think “soul food”, what comes to mind? For us (just to name a few) it is fried chicken, gumbo, biscuits, collards, shrimp and grits, okra and red beans and rice. Mmm… it’s time to get cooking.
Here are some of our favorite Soul Food Blend- inspired recipes:
Meal prepping is a great aid in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but for many of us, having to think so far ahead with types of food and ingredients can seem pretty daunting. We totally get it! That’s why we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of our favorite Seasonest recipes that work well with meal prepping, healthy ingredients and variety (Because, that’s the spice of life, after all!).
Rotisserie Chicken: This source of protein is simply 70 minutes of total cooking and prepping time and only requires three ingredients, one of which is our Original Blend.
Lemon Garlic Chicken: Great for lunches and dinners, this flavorful chicken dish allows for some extra umph at meal time. If chicken broth, garlic cloves and fresh lemons sound appealing, this is your perfect dish du jour.
Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs: If you’re looking for more variety and fun at lunch time, you’ll definitely want to try this chicken recipe. Chicken, red onion and zucchini round this out to a tasty treat; add in some yellow rice to make it a full meal!
Fish Tacos: Lime, avocado, lettuce, tomato, green onions, jalepeños … is your mouth watering yet? Fresh ingredients make this taco time a real treat. With a prep and cooking time of less than 30 minutes and a list of delicious veggies, this meal could be one of the freshest finds around aside from you catching your own fish.
Collard Greens: Southern belles, Midwestern men, people of the Pacific and bravers of the Northeastern cold alike can all appreciate come delicious comfort food like their grandma used to make. This food is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and rich in Vitamin K. Healthy, healthy, healthy! Need we say more?
Veggie Tacos: Whether you’re vegetarian or simply looking for some healthier options, veggie tacos are the way to go. A variety of vegetables makes this meal fun, colorful and amazingly flavorful. Top it off with some of our Adobo Blend and you’ve got a meatless marvel.
Roasted Corn on the Cob: Easy to make… simply bake! Fresh, organic corn with some brushed-on butter and some Original Blend… Can’t you just smell it?
We love inspiring others to live their best lives and eat well with great flavor! With Seasonest, you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health benefits; try out our seasonings today. Click here for great seasonings!
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:
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.
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!
Soul Food– Mmm… seafood dishes would be perfect with our Soul Food blend. Lobster, crayfish, salmon…
Lemon Pepper– A chicken dish isn’t complete without this zesty blend. Add a side of rice and vegetables to round out the meal!
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.
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.
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.
Can you smell the turkey in the oven? The casseroles… ? How about the delicious, buttery rolls and pumpkin pie?
It’s almost Thanksgiving and we are so looking forward to our favorite family holiday! We love how food can bring family around the table and are so thankful for all God has provided.
In preparation for tomorrow, we’ve got one more dish to share with you that we absolutely love; collard greens. If you’ve never made them, don’t you worry! We’ve got an easy video tutorial just for you: (Click Me!)
Collard Greens Recipe:
Two smoked turkey wings
Soul Food Spicy seasoning
Two TBSP of oil of your choice
In a large pot (with a lid):
Place in two smoked turkey wings
Pour in water (let simmer)
Add Soul Food Spicy seasoning (season to taste)
Add 2 TBSP of oil
Bring to a boil and add rinsed and washed collard greens; shred turkey
Add more Soul Food Spicy seasoning
Mix well and cover – turn heat to low (for chewy collards, cook for 45 minutes; for silky collards, cook for 2 hours)
*Tip: Save the leftover liquids for bread dipping!
It’s Courtney and I’ve decided that with the countdown to the holidays starting up, I’m going to get a head start on the usual New Years Resolution; losing some weight! A big part of losing weight is what you eat, right? Luckily, we’ve got Seasonest, which can make even healthy food taste fun, so I’ve decided to do a few things to get this ball rolling!
This past week my sister, Cori and I kicked off our goal with some fun meal prepping! We cooked all of our meals for the week ahead of time and it made life so much easier. Meal prepping really helps curb snacking and reflex eating- you know you’ve got something healthy waiting at home. Here’s a breakdown of what we ate this past week:
Baked ziti with Seasonest Italian and Soul Food Blends
Stir fried okra, peppers and onions
Ginger snap cookies
Tuna fish salad
Baked chicken tenders with Seasonest Jerk Blend
Stir fried okra, peppers and onions
Baked sweet potato
Baked chicken tenders with Seasonest Original Blend
Sauteed zucchini and squash with Seasonest Lemon Pepper blend
This weeks’ foods were a good start for us, but this is just the beginning. Alongside our meal prepping, we’ll be tracking our weight loss and trying to get to the gym at least 4 times a week. Please send all your encouragement along! We’ll keep you updated on our weekly progress.
If you’d like to join us, please let us know and share your own progress with us, what your favorite Seasonest recipes are and what you’d like to see made into “healthy” meals. Make sure to share your story or pics – we’d love to see them and be encouraged in our own goal!
We’re excited to start this journey to being healthier and hope you’ll join in.
With all of our spice blends, a commonly asked question is, “Can it be used as a rub?” While it’s easy to just say yes or no, I think it might be better to outline the differences and uses.
There are two types of rubs: dry rubs and wet rubs. Dry rubs are a blend of herbs and spices that are generously rubbed into meats before cooking. It can be a single spice, such as pepper, or a blend of many herbs and spices to get the desired flavor. They also typically include salt and/or sugar. Wet rubs are the spices made with oil or butter, so that the rub sticks better to the meat. Using oil in wet rubs is a great way to make sure the meat stays moist, as the oil becomes a natural barrier to prevent liquids coming out, creating a nice, juicy cut.
Marinades have herbs and spices, as well as an acid component like vinegar which helps the meat become tender. The meat is soaked prior to cooking for an hour or more. Using a marinade can result in a delicious boost of flavor to your meat.
Spice Blends and Seasonings
Seasonest falls under this category. Basically, different herbs and spices are combined together to achieve the taste you want, such as spicy, sweet, smoky, etc. These are sprinkled over meats or vegetables and then cooked immediately. They can also be used in the end as a finishing flavor.
Whether you need a wet rub, dry rub, marinade or seasoning, Seasonest spice blends can be used to accomplish all of these. Stay tuned for future posts with recipes showing how to use our products as a rub or marinade.