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Need to spice up your Healthy Lifestyle?

Because herbs and spices taste good and don’t add calories to your meal, I am adding to my previous post, Using Herbs and Seasoning for a Healthy Lifestyle.

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Experiment with these ingredients, have fun, and please share any new blends you come up with…………………..:) Don’t forget to share them with family and friends, also.

Some creative seasonings include:

A Pasta Blend

Excellent when tossed with pasta (preferably whole wheat) and a little olive oil (one of the good fats). And for added flavor, stir in chopped carrots, broccoli, spinach, celery, green onion, zucchini, snap peas, and chopped tomatoes.

5T dried basil 3T dried oregano
2tsp dried thyme
1tsp dried garlic

Combine all ingredients. Be sure to store it inside an airtight container at room temperature.

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A Multi-Purpose Blend

Use in omelets; stir into rice and grains. Sprinkle lightly on meat, fish, or poultry before grilling. Whisk into vinegar and oil and add a splash of Dijon mustard for a zesty vinaigrette.

4tsp dried oregano 2ysp dried basil
2tsp dried sweet marjoram
2tsp dried thyme
1tsp dried mint
1tsp dried rosemary

Pulse the herbs to desired consistency using a food process or blender. Store in an airtight container and use within 3 months.

A Cajun Blend

Use with fish, or poultry. Sprinkle it onto a baked sweet potato or over steamed vegetables.

2T paprika 1 1/2T garlic powder
1T onion powder
1/2T black pepper
2tsp cayenne pepper
2tsp dried oregano
2tsp dried thyme

Combine the herbs and spices. Be sure to store in an airtight container.

Being creative in your diet, and meal planning means that you care about yourself, and guess what, it tastes great, so remember

After all, it’s about a healthy lifestyle!

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Comment by Eve on January 19, 2008 at 9:36am
Those all sound very good. I live alone. I will never use up that amount of seasoning in 3 months. Can I freeze the blends and take out only a small amount to use?
Comment by Lisa Newton on January 19, 2008 at 3:16pm
If I'm not 100% sure of an answer, I believe in going to the experts. McCormick, the spice company, says, "Spices and herbs should not be stored in the freezer. Freezing does not extend the shelf life of regularly used dried spices and herbs. Bottles may develop condensation, which can accelerate loss of flavor and aroma." But, "the shelf life of properly stored spices and herbs is approximately 3-4 years for whole spices and seeds, 2-3 years for ground spices, 1-3 years for leafy herbs, and 1-2 years for seasoning blends." Please let us know if you enjoyed the blend.


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