Italian Spice Mix and an Upcoming Recipe Series
Humm, what’s this? A seemingly random spice mix recipe from This Fox Kitchen?
Oh, it’s not random. Do you think I have so much time on my hands I could just willy-nilly throw oddball recipes up on the blog?
Not a chance.
Now, while I don’t have any particular dish in mind for you to use this spice mix in today, I do have something special in mind for it in the near future. You can expect a some more spice mixes over the next few weeks as I build up to a new upcoming recipe series on this Fox Kitchen.
A new series featuring freezer meals, and slow cooker meals. Where you spend one afternoon preparing homemade meals with real food. Then, with very little effort over the next few months, you eat yummier, healthier home cooked meals.
You will get to eat meals where you control every ingredient. Don’t like onions, or can’t tolerate them? Leave them out. Love garlic? Double the amount called for in the recipe. You get the idea. Best of all you can feel good about avoiding those questionable food additives and preservatives found in every package of convenience food sold at your mainstream supermarket.
The new series I’m planning, might seem like a bit of a departure from the recipes usually found in this Fox Kitchen, but it is what we’re eating these days. We’ve been on a freezer meal kick ever since I attended a Pampered Chef Freezer Meal Workshop in the Spring of 2015.
While the Pampered Chef ‘freezer meal workshop’ program is a good, well-organized fun get-together with friends, you must commit to buying their spice mixes (they actually refer to the purchase as a registration fee). The mixes are good quality but they’re not inexpensive. For the Paleo Freezer Meal Workshop that I attended, it cost $71.50CAD for nine bottles of spices. We made 10 meals at the workshop, which almost totally depleted a couple of the spice bottles (they’re not very big).
The last time we did up some freezer meals, it was on our own, with just my daughter and me. We made 10 different recipes each, for a total of 42 meals (we made and split some extras of the recipes we love the most).
- Apple Pie Pork Chops (Paleo)
- Balsamic Braised Short Ribs (Paleo)
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken
- Cashew Chicken (Paleo)
- Chicken Cacciatore (Paleo)
- Chicken Makhani (Butter Chicken)
- Chicken Teriyaki
- Chipotle Pulled Pork (Paleo)
- Mediterranean Pork Chops (Paleo)
- Southwest Flat Iron Steak
NOTE: none of the above recipes are on the blog yet but as I publish them, I plan to update this post with links to the recipes.
Each freezer meal nicely feeds my daughter’s little family of four (two adults and two kids under the age of six). In this Fox Kitchen, one meal feeds the two of us dinner with enough leftover for our lunches the following day. The cost, including all ingredients worked out to about $7.50CAD per freezer meal, or less than the cost of most of the convenience meals you can buy at the supermarket.
We used up most of the Pampered Chef spices the first time we made freezer meals, so I had to come up with some replacements. This Italian Spice Mix is one of those.
I have used this spice mix in the following freezer meal recipes … Balsamic Braised Short Ribs, Chicken Cacciatore, Chipotle Pulled Pork and Mediterranean Pork Chops. I also find this spice mix comes in handy for other dishes. We’ve used it in spaghetti sauce and various pasta dishes. I’ve added it to meatloaf, meatballs, burger patties and just about any dish that calls for ground meat.
***side note: I love my Ricardo Cuisine measuring spoons that I won in a Canadian blogger’s giveaway last summer.
This Italian spice mix probably only cost pennies to make. A big savings when compared to pre-mixed jars of seasoning from home party sales, or other retailers. One thing to keep in mind when buying spices for this mix, you’ll get better results with good quality spices that have not passed their best-before date. I wouldn’t recommend buying spices from the bulk bins and don’t want to use anything that’s been sitting around in your cupboards for years. Spices do lose their flavour and tend to go stale over time. Invest in some new ones. You’ll be glad you did.
Whether or not you plan to join us here in this Fox Kitchen with making freezer meals, I’m sure you’ll enjoy having this spice mix in your pantry.
Gluten Free | Grain Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Refined Sugar Free | Real Food | Vegan | Vegetarian | Paleo
- 3 Tbsp dried basil
- 3 Tbsp parsley flakes
- 3 Tbsp oregano
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Place all ingredients in a spice grinder, mortar and pestle, or small bowl. Grind or crush until the spices are well blended and the larger ones break down evenly to a coarse grind. You can use the back of a spoon if you don't have a grinder or a mortar and pestle. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
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