Southwest Seasoning Spice Mix

Southwest Seasoning Spice Mix

 Southwest Seasoning Mix – Easy homemade pantry staple, this spice mix is great on grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, my slowcooker salsa chicken. PiperCooks

What type of cook are you? I’m the type of person in the kitchen, who always wants to make it myself.  Whether it’s dip, bread, salad dressing, cookies, condiments or spice mixes.  I just love being in the kitchen.  Plus, I don’t like to buy packaged foods, with a bunch of extra additives and preservatives.  I just feel better when I eat cleaner.  And take a break from cake.  Luckily I’m not that into sweets so that’s not too hard to manage that most of the time.

 

Southwest Seasoning Mix – Easy homemade pantry staple, this spice mix is great on grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, my slowcooker salsa chicken. PiperCooks

And I totally get people who don’t like to, or don’t want to take the time to make everything little thing from scratch.  I don’t think everyone HAS to just because I do.  I’m still going to. And I’m still going to encourage you to do what YOU want to do.

But… If you want to ditch a store bought item, a spice mix is a good one to ditch.  Or if you just want a great spice mix to add to your dinner rotation for grilling season, my Southwest Seasoning Spice Mix is it.  A homemade, do it yourself spice mix won’t have additives and preservatives which is nice.  It can also be salt free. I don’t usually add salt to my mixes. I season as I go when I cook.

 

Southwest Seasoning Mix – Easy homemade pantry staple, this spice mix is great on grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, my slowcooker salsa chicken. PiperCooks

 

This is a quick and easy pantry staple recipe for you and it’s perfect on grilled vegetables (I used a grill pan for this last week), grilled chicken, roasted and cubed sweet potatoes, and my Slowcooker Salsa Chicken recipe coming up this week.

 

Southwest Seasoning Mix – Easy homemade pantry staple, this spice mix is great on grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, my slowcooker salsa chicken. PiperCooks

 

This is just a great seasoning to have on hand all the time.

What’s your favorite homemade or store-bought spice mix? I love homemade Italian spice mix too.

 

Southwest Seasoning Mix – Easy homemade pantry staple, this spice mix is great on grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, my slowcooker salsa chicken. PiperCooks Pin For Later!

Southwest Seasoning Mix – Easy homemade pantry staple, this spice mix is great on grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, my slowcooker salsa chicken. PiperCooks
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Southwest Seasoning Mix
Prep Time
5 mins
 

Southwest style seasoning/spice mix.

Course: Spice Mix
Servings: 5 tbsp
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne

 

Southwest Seasoning Mix – Easy homemade pantry staple, this spice mix is great on grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, my slowcooker salsa chicken. PiperCooks

 


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Pico De Gallo & Salsa Verde

Pico De Gallo & Salsa Verde

Pico De Gallo & Salsa VerdePico De Gallo & Salsa Verde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week is all about Game Day food.  If you’re not into football or the Superbowl, you could also take these ideas and use them for other parties or get-together.  I love football.  As a Canadian though, I much prefer the NFL to our CFL (but go home team Bombers anyway..) and I’m excited to watch the big game, even though my team is not in it (and hasn’t been for a while… go Bears  …   )

 

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How about you?  Love football? Who’s your team? Don’t love football, but hosting a party anyway? Or are you not a football fan at all? I wasn’t too much of a fan when I was younger; I was more into hockey and baseball (Go Oilers and Jets, and go ‘Jays).

Anyway, I’ll be watching, and I’ll be eating delicious fun food (*mostly* healthy food, because I’ve lost 15 pounds recently and  I’m not about to get side-tracked, especially when I can come up with good options that will likely please everyone in my house).
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So to start off the series with one of my healthier options, I’ve got two of my favorite salsas to share with you today – Pico De Gallo and Salsa Verde.  I’ll probably have these with my baked whole wheat tortilla chips, but store-bought is just fine too – do what you like.  (I’ll add in my red salsa recipe at the bottom of the page, from my old blog, it’s really good as well!)

 

Side note – both of these are also awesome on eggs, and the Salsa Verde is crazy good in the slow cooker with chicken if you want to try something like that.

 

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So for the pico de gallo, you’ll just chop everything up.  For the Salsa Verde, I use a blender after everything is out of the oven (don’t worry it still doesn’t take long).  And these are both perfect recipes for making a day ahead! Just let them mingle in the fridge until you need them! Enjoy! I’ll see you tomorrow with or a new recipe.

 

(Also, in case you haven’t seen them before, these are tomatillos.)Pico De Gallo & Salsa Verde PiperCooks.com

 

Pico De Gallo - Superbowl Party Ideas
 
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Recipe type: Condiments & Sauce & Dip
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, microplaned
  • 1 bunch cilantro (1/4 cup or so), roughly chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: a diced jalapeno for a bit of spice (seeded or not, your choice)
Instructions
  1. Dice onion and then soak in cold water for 5 minutes.
  2. Dice tomato.
  3. Roughly chop cilantro.
  4. Use microplane to grate garlic, or a knife to chop and then mash.
  5. Mix together tomato, onion, cilantro and garlic. Squeeze over lime and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve within a day or two.

 
Salsa Verde - Superbowl Party Ideas
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 or 7 Tomatillos
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ small onion
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
Instructions
  1. Preheat broiler. Peel your tomatillos if needed. Wash off sticky residue. Broil tomatillos and jalapeno until soft and covered with black spots, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add everything to a blender jar and blend carefully (it'll be very hot).

 

Red Salsa

Yield:4 ½ cups

Ingredients:

  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 10 oz can tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/2 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

Instructions:

  1. Prep your vegetables. (Don’t worry too much about the chopping – everything is going into the food processor anyway.)
  2. Add all ingredients to food processor and pulse until combined.
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking (taste with chip you’ll serve it with!)
  4. Refrigerate until needed
Superbowl Party Snacks _ Pico De Gallo & Salsa Verde
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Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce

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This caramel sauce is the one used in my Apple Sheet Cake, as shown in the photo above.  Its great on many different desserts, and especially great on ice cream.  You can decide whether to make it salted or not.  I usually will put 1/2 teaspoon of salt in and then garnish a dessert with Fleur de Sel.  Its your choice though, make it how you want to!

Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fleur de sel to garnish, or ½ – 1 teaspoon salt stirred in
Instructions
  1. Heat the sugar in a medium pan over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. It will begin to melt, then clump, and then melt again.
  2. Cook until amber in color, making sure not to burn it.
  3. Add the butter, stirring to combine, being careful as it will bubble up and splatter. (The sugar is so hot, it can burn your skin very badly, so be extra careful!)
  4. Do the same with the cream. (If the caramel seems likes it separated at this point, just keep heating and stirring and it will come back together.) Boil for one minute, then remove from heat and add vanilla.
  5. And ½ - 1 teaspoon of salt stirred into the caramel, or use Fleur de Sel as garnish on your dessert for a salted caramel. (Omit salt completely if you prefer)

 

 

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