Friday, May 16, 2014

From the Kitchen-Empty Nest

All Things Italian
I enjoy Italian salad dressings, Italian Beef, Italian bread, all things Italian.
Today's recipe is a simple dry seasoning that can be used in so many ways. I use it in my:

spaghetti sauce,

to season chicken,

to make salad dressings. For a creamy dressing, simply combine fat free sour cream, cider vinegar, and seasoning.

Dollop on on a chef salad. Em, em, tasty.

Or, how about balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and seasoning.

Luscious, luscious on a chicken spinach salad. You don't have to be a gourmet chef in order to prepare food that tastes like a 5 star restaurant.

I like to stir up a batch and keep it in a small jar, ready and waiting for the next adventure to Italy.
Try it, you'll like it.
Is it ever good.

Italian Seasoning
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tsp ground black pepper
1/4 Tsp dried thyme
1 Tsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1/4 Tsp celery salt
1 Tbsp reduced sodium salt

In small bowl, mix all ingredients together, store in tightly sealed container. Add to vinegar and oil for salad dressings, or in any recipe calling for Italian Seasoning

Italian Balsamic Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 Tsp Italian seasoning

Combine all ingredients in jar, cover tightly and shake.

Creamy Italian Dressing
1/4 C fat-free sour cream
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tsp Italian seasoning

Stir together. If too thick, can be thinned with a small amount of milk. 4 servings

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