Welcome to another Friday Frolic!
Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of articles, news stories, and blog comments about minimizing salt in our diets. Combining that with my recent health scare, I’ve been working furiously this week to revamp my cooking style, including my myriad of spice blends. In addition to minimizing salt, I’ve been seeking out and eliminating MSG (monosodium glutamate) and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) from my diet as I have discovered they are, indeed, poison to my system. The results? Salt-free, gluten-free, healthier food.
To that end, the first spice blend I revamped is my favorite – my Spicy Blend, which started out as a taco seasoning, then was tweaked here and there until I realized I used it on everything from chicken to vegetables – raw and cooked – so I changed the name to Spicy Blend.
It’s very simple and can be changed up in many different ways to suit your own tastes – if you like more or less cumin or oregano, by all means, make those adjustments. If you’d like some salt, throw some of that in too. I did originally come up with this as a salt substitute, which is why there’s no salt listed. I would suggest if you are going to add salt, add sea salt, as the sodium content is lower so it doesn’t have the same negative results as plain table salt. Additionally, as you’re purchasing your spices to assemble this blend, please check the labels to ensure there are no unnecessary additives such as MSG or HFCS hiding in any of them (you may be surprised – I was).
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1-1/2 Tsp Cumin
1-1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Paprika
1/2 Tsp Oregano
1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
1/4 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper
Stir together all the ingredients.
Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
This recipe yields about three to four tablespoons, which is a good place to start until you figure out what adjustments you want to make. Once you have fine-tuned the recipe to your liking, increase the quantities to accommodate how much you’ll need for a three to six month period to save time in the kitchen.
Enjoy your Spicy Blend weekend…