Add spice not salt to the holidays

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November 21, 1990

These flavorful seasoning blends don't contain any salt. They could be the perfect gift for the health-conscious person on your list. The recipes are from the American Heart Association's 1990 "Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook" edited by Scott M. Grundy.

Store the seasonings in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place for up to six months.

Herb Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried marjoram

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried parsely

1 teaspoon dried savory

1 teaspoon mace

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon powdered sage

Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. Makes about one-third cup. Use in casseroles, stews or fresh vegetable dishes.

Lemon Herb Seasoning

4 1/2 tablespoons dried basil

3 3/4 tablespoons dried oregano

1 1/2 tablespoons powdered black pepper

1 1/2 tablespoons granulated onion

1 1/2 tablespoons whole celery seed

1 1/4 tablespoons powdered basil

1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon lemon rind, grated optional

Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. Makes about one cup. Use with fish, chicken or turkey.

Salad Herb Blend

1/4 cup dried parsley

1/4 cup marjoram

2 1/2 tablespoons dried basil

1 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 1/2 tablespoons chili pepper flakes

1 1/2 tablespoons powdered rosemary

1 1/4 tablespoons powdered celery seed

2 1/2 teaspoons dried savory

2 1/2 teaspoons powdered sage

2 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme

2 teaspoons granulated onion

2 teaspoons dried dillweed

1 1/4 teaspoons powdered black pepper

3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic

Makes about one cup. Add to salad before adding dressing.

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