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Make Your Own Healthy Seasoning Packages
Due to all the chemicals and additives in foods today, many people are returning to home cooking. If you are like many people, you find those little seasoning packages for things like chili or spaghetti sauce super convenient. Unfortunately, besides being very expensive (anywhere from $1.25 to $5.00!) almost all flavoring packages are full of artificial flavors, colors, chemical preservatives, excessive sodium, MSG, corn and/or soy protein (can you say GMO?) and sometimes even aspartame.
Want to save money, keep those nasty chemicals out of your life, and still enjoy the convenience of those spice packages? You can! Anything you can buy in the supermarket, you can make yourself, at home for a fraction of the cost, with fresh ingredients. You might be making larger batches, but they can be stored in glass jars, old spice jars, or even Ziploc bags. Buy your spices in bulk and save a small fortune by mixing them yourself. You can also dry fresh herbs and grind them yourself to save even more money. You will also feel really good about the healthy foods you are serving your family.
Keep reading, we have 12 recipes for the most common spice packages sold in supermarkets today. Enjoy!
1. Super Salt Substitute Mix
Just a dash of this and you will recognize the taste. If you are on a low salt diet and are tired of paying $4 for a small jar of that famous salt substitute, this is the recipe for you. Mix all of the following ingredients in a bowl then transfer to your salt shaker. Feel free to double the recipe if you like! It looks so simple, but tastes oh so good!
- 1 Teaspoon powdered lemon rind (you can dry lemon rinds and make this yourself by grinding them in your coffee grinder or food processor after they are completely dry)
- 1 Tablespoon of basil (dry your own fresh basil leaves if you like)
- 1 Teaspoon dill weed
- 1 Teaspoon oregano
- 2 Teaspoons garlic powder (not garlic salt!)