With three hungry and perpetually growing kids, I’m constantly on the hunt for snacks that I can buy or make that aren’t filled with junk and will actually satiate these guys. Nuts and seeds make a wonderful snack, full of fat and protein to keep bellies full through practices, games, rehearsals, etc. But the flavored types you can buy tend to be full of additives. The genesis for this particular snack was Asher since sunflower seeds are quite the mainstay in the baseball snack arena. So I set out to use my organic, gluten-free, additive-free, Healthy in a Hurry seasoning blends to come up with some enticing Roasted Flavored Sunflower Seeds to keep him going through double headers and tournaments.
I created four recipes — Classic BBQ, Zesty Ranch, “Takis” (think limey Cajun), and Fries — and there’s something for everyone and every taste bud here!
And while the blends I used for these — BBQ, Cajun, and Fries — are some of my favorites, I truly can’t pick just one to recommend. Instead, I wanted to share how versatile all of the blends are, show you some of my all-time favorite recipes using them, and encourage you to try them on a range of foods!
Best ways to use a seasoning blend
A quick primer on the flavors in all nine of my Healthy in a Hurry seasoning blends:
Adobo — Garlicky and peppery, with cumin and oregano
Cajun — Chiles and herbs come together in this mild, but smokey and slightly acidic blend
Fries — Smoked paprika and garlic with a blend of cumin, sage, basil and more
Mediterranean — Bright and herbaceous, with garlic, rosemary, thyme, majoram
Taco — A classic for a reason, this mild Taco seasoning blend is the only one you’ll ever need
Best chicken seasoning
I love Adobo, Cajun, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Fries, Burnt Broccoli, and Taco Seasoning Blends on chicken.
Seasoning for shrimp
Shrimp pairs well with Adobo, Cajun, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Tagine, and Burnt Broccoli.
Spices for pork roast
Pork works well with the flavors in Caribbean, Cajun, Adobo, Tagine, and Burnt Broccoli.
Best seasonings for potatoes
Both sweet potatoes and regular potatoes work insanely well with my Fries seasoning, but to change things up I love to also use Burnt Broccoli, Mediterranean, Tagine, and definitely Adobo.
How to season eggs
Eggs take seasoning so well and using blends is a great way to change up their flavor. I love using a dash of Cajun, Caribbean, or Fries in mine.
I need to tell you if you haven’t paired broccoli with my Burnt Broccoli then well, you haven’t lived! But, in truth, veggies are so versatile and I use every single blend on different veggies. Eggplant loves the Tagine; Peppers love the Cajun; Mushrooms love the Burnt Broccoli; Zucchini loves the Mediterranean.
Seasoning blend recipes
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Roasted Flavored Sunflower Seeds
2 cups (80g) unflavored sunflower seeds in shells
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- 3 teaspoons Healthy in a Hurry BBQ Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/4 teaspoon dried chives
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- Mix up your preferred flavor and add the unflavored seeds. Toss to coat well.
- Spread evenly on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Place in the oven at 200°F for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. If your oven has the convection setting, bake at 200°F convection for 2 hours. They will dry out more quickly with the fan function and this is the method we prefer!
- Cool fully and allow the seeds to sit out at room temperature for 2 days to dry out. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.