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

 

Soulful, Southern Fried Chicken

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Happy Friday!

Have you ever had a moment where you suddenly got caught up in the insatiable desire to have some good, old-fashioned, Southern home cooking? Yes, yes… we definitely understand! Well, we’re excited to bring you a fun and soulful, Southern recipe just in time for the weekend! Our Soulful, Southern Fried Chicken is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (any brand)
  • Seasonest’s Soul Food Blend
  • 2 eggs
  • Oil of your preference (Healthiest is best!)
  • 1 1/4 pounds of chicken (We recommend chicken drumsticks.)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/8 cup pepper
  • 1/8 cup garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup flour

Utensils:

  • Deep fryer or pan (If using a pan, please use oven mitts.)
  • Tongs
  • One large bowl
  • One small bowl
  • Paper towels
  • Large/gallon-size storage/freezer bag
  • One large plate

Instructions:

  • If using a deep fryer, fill with a minimum of 10 cups of your choice of oil and preheat to 350 degrees. If using a pan, heat to medium/high and fill no more than half way with oil.
  • Take small bowl and combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and Seasonest Soul Food Blend together. Set aside.
  • Combine egg and hot sauce into large bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Fill gallon-size storage/freezer bag with flour. Set aside.
  • Take chicken pieces and wash with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels and roll into bowl of seasoning.
  • Place seasoned chicken pieces into the bowl of egg and hot sauce and place 1/4 of the pieces into the fryer for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining 3/4 of chicken.
  • Once chicken is cooked, place upon large plate covered with paper towels. Use another paper towel to pat chicken pieces dry and remove any excess oil left over from cooking.
  • Serve and enjoy!

*Please note: This recipe makes about 12 chicken pieces, or 3-4 servings!

We hope you thoroughly enjoy your very own, homemade fried chicken.

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Seasonest Family

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

February’s Seasoning of the Month

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Happy Friday!

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:

Did you know that the Soul Food Blend has cousins? If you’re up for a little more kick to your dishes, we also offer the Mild and Spicy versions!

If you’re simply looking for the “Soul Food Blend”, click here!

An added bonus to the great flavor of the blend is that it contains all-natural, organic paprika, garlic, turmeric and black pepper. Talk about healthy and hearty! What a blend.

Sending lots of love this Valentine’s season!

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,
Best of luck! (1)

The Seasonest Family

Marvelous Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Hello Everyone!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we know that everyone has their favorite side dishes that they like to share and we wanted to share our own. We’re excited to be bringing you our very own Seasonest-inspired mac ‘n’ cheese recipe! It’s very simple and makes for a delicious dish. If you would like the step-by-step instructional video, please make sure to visit this link: http://bit.ly/1WSOxCq

Ingredients

  • Elbow Macaroni
  • 1 eggThanksgivingMacnCheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Butter
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Seasonest Soul Food seasoning
  • Cracked black pepper

Cooking Instructions

  • Boil elbow macaroni noodles until soft – drain.
  • Start with a buttered baking pan.
  • Add a layer of macaroni.
  • Add small pats of butter.
  • Add a layer of cheddar cheese.
  • Repeat until pan is almost full!
  • Combine the egg and milk and pour over macaroni.
  • Add a final layer of macaroni, butter and cheese.
  • Sprinkle cracked black pepper on top.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • For extra cheesiness, add a final layer of cheese after the 45 minutes is up and bake uncovered for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Let us know how how you like it!

The Seasonest Family

Meal Prepping and Weight Loss

 

Happy Monday Everyone!

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:

Lunch 1:
Baked ziti with Seasonest Italian and Soul Food Blends
Stir fried okra, peppers and onions
Ginger snap cookies

 

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Lunch 2:
Tuna fish salad
Baby carrots

Dinner 1:
Baked chicken tenders with Seasonest Jerk Blend
Stir fried okra, peppers and onions
Jasmine rice
Baked sweet potato

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Dinner 2:
Baked chicken tenders with Seasonest Original Blend
Sauteed zucchini and squash with Seasonest Lemon Pepper blend
Jasmine rice
Roasted carrots
Gingersnap cookies

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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.

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Happy days!

Courtney