Flavor Shortcuts Made Easy With Seasonings

Is dinner time starting to feel a little same-y every week? It happens. The meal planning routines and limited meal options the whole family agrees on can lead to a little burnout. The good news is you don’t have to go looking for complex recipes to shake things up. Open up your spice cabinet for flavor short cuts to meals you make every day.

Even the staples like meat, potatoes, and rice can taste different and delicious with the right seasonings. The beauty is that you can completely change a recipe’s vibe based on the rub you choose. Here’s a little guide to get you started.

Potato Wedges

Seasoned Meat

One great way to change up dinner is to season your protein before cooking. When it comes to beef, try seasonings that are savory and have their own strong flavors that can hold their own. We love Crushed Peppercorn & Garlic on steak.

Chicken is the blank slate of meat. Because chicken has a mild flavor, there are many different rubs and spices you can use and get delicious results. You can go from savory flavors to brighter, sweeter flavors and still have something amazing to eat. Pick what fits your mood.

Roasted Chicken & Asparagus
Roasted Chicken & Asparagus With Pan Sauce

Flavored Rice Side Dish

An easy, affordable way to round out any meal is to serve it with rice. But even a nice, buttery rice can get boring. Add a little bit of seasoning mix to the cooking water, then add your uncooked rice for a flavor upgrade. You can also do this with couscous, orzo, or other grains that absorb the cooking water.

Crispy Potato Wedges

While we’re talking about simple, filling side dishes, let’s not forget about potatoes. You can mash them, roast them, or fry them, but usually, we only think to salt and pepper them. This quick idea for seasoned potatoes can be changed in many ways. One night it could be spicy Tex-Mex potatoes, and next time it could be dill potatoes.

To make them, cut 1 lb. (450 g) russet potatoes into wedges, coat with some oil and sprinkle with seasoning. Bake on a sheet pan at 425°F (220°C) for 30–35 minutes.

Potato Wedges

Avocado Toast

You can do so many crazy, delicious things with avocado toast (according to the Internet) and you can top it with anything! But, if you go back to basics with a dash of a different seasoning, you can savor this breakfast staple in a whole new way.

Mash an avocado with a pinch of your seasoning and spread it on toast. We love it with Seasoning SaltChipotle Rub, or Garlic & Herb Rub. Then top it with halved cherry tomatoes, red onions, or even sunflower seeds for a little crunch.

Easy Cream Cheese Dip for Veggies

Pair vegetables with a creamy dip to help your family eat their five-a-day. Raw veggies and crackers with dip can liven up after-school snacks or even be a side dish.

Combine room-temperature cream cheese and a little bit of your favorite rub. Choose  a seasoning blend that’s salty with a light flavor that won’t compete with the vegetable flavors. Three Onion Rub is a fan favorite for making dips.

Flavored Butter

Cooking with flavored compound butter can elevate meals in so many ways. Think about the foods that you make that would benefit from compound butter, then choose your seasoning from there.

For example, if your family likes baked potatoes, a dill butter or garlic and herb butter would go great with that. If your family loves Asian flavors, you can make a compound butter for sautéing veggies.

All you have do is combine a stick of room-temperature, salted butter with ½ tsp–1 tsp (2 mL–5 mL) of any seasoning you like.

What are your favorite seasonings to cook with? What flavor shortcuts have saved you from the dinnertime rut? Share them in the comments below.

13 Responses to Flavor Shortcuts Made Easy With Seasonings

  1. Andrea Grubbs October 2, 2020 at 12:29 pm #

    I really enjoy these “flavor shortcuts” – ideas for everyday cooking that mix it up, don’t cost much, and can impact in a big way! Thank you!

  2. Susan Edmonston October 3, 2020 at 10:32 am #

    For years my favorite rubs have been 3 Onion and Bell Pepper rub. Lately I have 2 new favorites Parmesan Garlic( might have been discontinued) and our new Seasoning Salt.

  3. Ami Parekh October 9, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

    I was just thinking about how food was starting to lose its taste for me because of same ingredients/dishes over and over again for years! I saw your blog and want to thank you for it, this makes sooo much sense!!!

  4. Leslie Williams October 19, 2020 at 6:20 pm #

    I love to make flavored butter with the All Purpose Dill Seasoning and fresh pressed garlic! So good on bread!

  5. Darlene Carmody November 13, 2020 at 5:22 pm #

    What is the best rub for turkey , chicken 🐔?
    and fish.

    • Lee Burns February 9, 2021 at 9:29 am #

      One of my favorites is rosemary herb! It is just a delicious blend and never overpowering!

    • Glenna March 5, 2021 at 7:14 pm #

      Rotisserie is wonderful and very versatile!

    • Cindy Nichols March 15, 2021 at 8:53 pm #

      My favorite for turkey is the Rosemary Herb. And for Thanksgiving it makes the best gravy. You also might want to try the new Rotisserie. It’s your go to for just aobut everything. Enjoy.

    • Wendy Brown April 16, 2021 at 3:55 pm #

      Rosemary & herb seasoning is my go-to for chicken and turkey! 😉

  6. Barbara Roper January 3, 2021 at 11:12 am #

    Thank you for all these great ideas!
    I have been in the same ole same ole mode for months. I will definitely try these ideas. Can’t wait to receive my seasonings.

  7. Carmen January 24, 2021 at 9:03 am #

    Thanks for sharing, definitely going to try the suggestions that you shared.

  8. Linda Hinton January 31, 2021 at 3:03 pm #

    The avocado toast sounds really good. What seasoning do you use?

  9. Debbie D February 9, 2021 at 5:59 am #

    Love the cinnamon plus! I use it as a substitute in some recipes for cinnamon.

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