‘Tis The Seasoning

seasoningYes, it is that time of year – holiday parties, football gatherings, office pot luck. And what is the most common denominator – FOOD! With all the appetizers, dips and crock pot adventures, many recipes will call for common seasoning packets. If you are allergic to wheat (like me) or sensitive to gluten, these packets are our nemesis.  So, in light of all the gatherings to come, I have rounded up recipes for the most common seasoning packets that are wheat/gluten friendly. I cannot take credit for the recipes as I am merely passing on the ones I have tried and like.  Links to original sites are available on each recipe. So go ahead and make your favorites and enjoy the holidays with a few minor adjustments.

Side Note:  Please make sure you are using gluten free spices. Here is a list of gluten free spice brands for your reference.

Taco Seasoning Mix Courtesy of lifeafterbread.blogspot.com.

2 teaspoons minced onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon cumin

Mix together. This makes the equivalent of one store bought packet.

Chili Seasoning Mix Courtesy of lifeafterbread.blogspot.com

1/4 cup gluten free flour blend
1 teaspoon xantham gum
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
1 Tablespoon dried minced garlic
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (or seasoned pepper)

Mix ingredients. Use 2 Tablespoons per pound of ground beef.

Onion Soup Mix With Bouillon – courtesy of Food.com

3/4 cup dried minced onion
1/3 cup gluten free beef bouillon powder (I use Herb-Ox)
4 teaspoons onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed celery seed
1/4 teaspoon sugar

Combine all ingredients.  5 Tablespoons equal one store bought packet.

Onion Soup Mix Without Bouillon (because sometimes I just don’t have it on hand). Courtesy of glutenfreeandaffordable.com and it uses that magical mystical turmeric!

3/4 cup minced dried onion
1 Tablespoon parsley flakes
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Soup or Sauce Mix (SOS) – courtesy of Utah State University (click for recipe booklet)

2 cups powdered nonfat dry milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup gluten free instant chicken bouillon (I use Herb-Ox)
2 Tablespoons dried onion flakes
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

Recipe makes the equivalent of 9 cans of cream soup.  Use 1/3 cup SOS to 1 and 1/4 cups water. Whisk until well blended. Heat to thicken.

Potato soup – add 1 cup cooked potato cubes
Mushroom soup – add 4 ounce can of mushroom drained
Tomato soup – add 2 cups tomato sauce
Cheese sauce – add one cup of cheese

There are loads of recipes and substitutions in the booklet linked above.

I have not tried any DIY Ranch Dressing packet recipes yet because frankly I don’t need it bad enough to hunt down powdered buttermilk. So far I have survived without it. But if it is a staple for you – best of luck and more power to you!

Well, I hope these will come in handy over the holidays and throughout the year.

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