Category Archives: Seasonings

Achiote Paste

You can buy this in stores or on Amazon, but handmade is SO much better!

Wikipedia says that achiote paste is strongly associated with Mexican and Belizean cuisines, especially of Yucatán and Oaxaca. The paste is dissolved in either lemon juice, water, oil, or vinegar, used as a marinade or rub for meat, then grilled, baked, barbecued, or … Read more “Achiote Paste”

Engine 2 Chili Cheeze Fries

Ami Mackey, over at Engine 2 Diet, developed these Chili Cheeze Fries, and we’re having them for supper tonight … although I ended up just piling baked potatoes with the chili and cheeze and added some chopped tomatoes, green onions, and a few slices of avocado on top.

Oh. My. Goodness.

This recipe hits all my buttons for “comfort … Read more “Engine 2 Chili Cheeze Fries”

Vegan “Parmesan”

We use this on non-dairy pizza, Eggplant “Parmesan”, and any other Italian dish that needs a hit of salty umami goodness. It doesn’t melt, but it will brown nicely. Quick and easy, this stuff isn’t parmesan, but it is a tasty replacement. My original recipe now has additions of pine nuts and green olives, thanks to the inspired vegan cookbook Read more “Vegan “Parmesan””

Blackening Spice Mix

This recipe comes from the great American chef, Paul Prudhomme.

1 tablespoon sweet paprika
2-1⁄2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
3⁄4 teaspoon white pepper
3⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

Combine all ingredients. Keep unused portion in tight container.

Great for tempeh, fish, chicken, … Read more “Blackening Spice Mix”

No-Salt Seasonings

Nothing like going low sodium to suddenly realize just how much one has been depending on salt and salty condiments for flavor 🙁

That said, it became a fun challenge to figure out how to do it…and the answer is “Bump up the strong flavors.”

Here are my favorite (currently!) no-salt seasonings:

TOMATO-BASED Sun-dried tomatoes, salsa+cilantro, tomato sauce-fennel-bay-saffron, tomato sauce+low-fat … Read more “No-Salt Seasonings”