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6/29/11 5:47 A

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My store cupboard reliables are salt, pepper, paprika and fresh basil and lemon juice, I put them on all kinds of fish, especially for baking or bbqing, chicken, pork. Always tastes nice. Salmon or other fish is always nice marinated in natural low fat yogurt with curry powder or paster added.

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6/28/11 8:37 P

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I agree with the suggested Mrs. Dash and growing or buying fresh herbs. I love Rosemary (especially on chicken)!

Best wishes to you! I am on the low salt/low fat diet myself.







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6/28/11 12:29 P

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My 15 y/o daughter was not happy with my adding fish to our monthly menu either however I insisted she try everything and she has discovered she really likes salmon and cod. To alleviate that "fishy" taste I soak the fish (always filet's) in milk for an hour. Then prepare/cook as usual. This truly does make a HUGE difference for her. With the salmon, I often will use a honey/mustard/panko crumb "crust" .... I searched multiple recipe sites and went with the recipes that had things she already liked about them ...parm cheese, balsamic vinegar, lime juice, coconut .... anything that would jazz it up. We also started using alot of fresh garlic in almost everything as well as chives, parsley and fresh ground pepper. Now we are also salt users, I try to keep it to a minimum. One I put out for her to use is Bacon Salt. She will use it on cooked veggies and eat every one of them ... i don't use it but she can and it gets the veggies in her. Also have a few Mrs. Dash's spices on the shelf ..... many are really really good and salt free if I am not mistaken.
Sorry to hear of your husbands health scare ..... hope all this helps you!

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6/28/11 8:45 A

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Thank you all! These are wonderful suggestions and I will check them all out. We're not really fish people - unless it's tuna from a can - and I intend to add actual fish to our menu at least once a week, so the lime marinade will be one of the first. My hubby and 16 year old son weren't too thrilled with the idea of adding fish, but they are willing to try so I want to make the first batch really yummy - or at least something they are willing to try again!!!

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6/27/11 8:58 P

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Mrs. Dash has a nice selection of spice mixes that are no sodium. Some are a little spicy, but I don't think that they are too spicy. They also have a variety of marinades that are no sodium & low in calories that I just discovered. I used the lime garlic one yesterday on some fish & it was tasty. Only 30 calories per tablespoon.

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6/27/11 8:02 P

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I like the little grinders from mccormick in the spice isle. The mixed pepper is good, as is the mediterranean or italian mix; I forget what they call it. To me, fresh ground is much better. And it is true that fresh spice is dulled by cooking, so put it in last and add some more for garnish. Chipotle powder is favorful, and I dont think it is too hot. So are a hint of lemon or lime. And fresh fruit, which is in season, adds a nice touch to the rest of the meal.

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6/27/11 6:13 P

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I am obsessed with penzeys!!! They taste the best, I look forward to my trips there, everyone I know LOVES it, their lemon pepper issoooo fabulous! Iam an avid spice lover thanks to Penzeys.

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MARYJOHANNAH's Photo MARYJOHANNAH SparkPoints: (162,796)
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6/27/11 3:50 P

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Penzey's is a great place. I also love to grow a few herbs in a pot out side then bring them in in the winter. Basil is a must and I love fresh rosemary. It goes with so much, fresh garlic too and if you dont want the bubls, get a jar with minced. I love cumin and it doesn't have to be spicy.

Good luck and glad your guy is doing better

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CD3460049 Posts: 203
6/27/11 2:31 P

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Thank you both - I will check out your suggestions. Had no idea the spice powders might have salt in them - better start checking the ingredient list on spices too! Whew. emoticon

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6/27/11 2:12 P

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I would be careful of the powders, sometimes there is salt mixed in. I use a lot of spices, think my lack of smell makes things duller for me. Mostly, when I cook for others, I really dial down the spices.

Try Penzeys Spices. they are here locally but also on the web. They are very helpful and have the best spices.

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6/27/11 2:09 P

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I like to have on hand oregano, thyme, basil, garlic and parmesan cheese.

So glad your husband is okay. He's lucky you're around to look out for his dietary needs!

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6/27/11 1:57 P

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My husband had a health scare this weekend - he's fine, thank God - but the bottom line is I need to revamp our diet to become lower fat, lower cholesterol, lower sodium and less spicy. I already keep an eye on sugar, so at least that much is in order!!! I've been pouring through everything and am coming up with ideas for everything except the less spicy part. We put either cajun seasoning or hot sauce on just about everything. So anyway, the question now is what do I season our food with so it still has great flavor but isn't very spicy or salty? I know about garlic powder, basil and onion powder and that's about it.

What are your favorite dried spices and/or seasonings and how do you use them? Thanks all.

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