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Trim Healthy Tuesday – Homemade Seasoned Salt (FP)

Trim Healthy Tuesday – Homemade Seasoned Salt (FP)

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I remember when I first became aware of MSG…I was engaged to Barry. Yes, I realize I must have lived in a dream world before that. When I was younger, MSG was a joke you made about Chinese food…MSG and dogs. Ha, ha! Okay, don’t get offended, I was only joking.

I really started thinking about it because Barry’s grandmother couldn’t eat anything with MSG in it or she got sick…every time. Sorta made me start to wonder about it – should food need a flavor enhancer like that? Or shouldn’t it just TASTE GOOD to begin with? Me thinks yes. Food should taste good on its own…with salt. Food needs salt. I’m the salt queen.

These days it seems like anything you buy has MSG in it – and it comes in lots of other names so you don’t always know by reading the ingredients. Sorta makes you wanna cuss, but then you feel bad for cussing…so it’s a double whammy. Feeling bad for cussing and feeling bad for MSG. The madness has to stop. The buck stops here – now you can make your own seasoned salt and avoid MSG and CUSSING.

homemade seasoned salt

This is another of my country cookbooks – I told y’all I had a blue million of them. This is another one I pilfered from my grandmother. She was going to put it in a yard sale – not while I’m around, buster! Errrrr, I mean, Wonderful Grandmaw.

This one is from The Women of the Moose in Marion, Virginia. My Grandmaw was a woman of the moose…but I don’t think she’s a moose mama anymore. And if you don’t know what the Moose Lodge is, I don’t really have time to explain it right now…maybe it’s a country thing. We live close to the Moose Lodge and I’m forever giving directions by it because everyone knows where it is.

homemade seasoned salt

I saw this little gem in the back in my favorite section called “Miscellaneous.” I’m not sure about you, but that’s always the first chapter I read. I love Miscellaneous food. It’s fun. And it’s surprising. And sometimes there is a recipe for fried squirrel in there.

This recipe isn’t attributed to anyone, so thanks Mrs. Moose Somebody! I didn’t have to change it a bit – but I made sure to use Real Salt.

homemade seasoned salt

In case you didn’t know, I have a thing for spices. I have a lot of them…and I keep adding to them. I feel like I should have every spice known to man. Except the super-duper expensive ones. I don’t want to sell my kids for spices. That’s where I draw the line.

This takes normal spices, which is my favorite kind of dish. All you need is: salt, celery salt, garlic salt, paprika, dry mustard, onion powder, and pepper. And if you don’t keep dry mustard on hand, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s good stuff, buddy.

homemade seasoned salt

All you do is blend it all together in a blender to make sure it’s well mixed. You could stir it…but I like using my appliances. I’m weird like that.

I stored this in a small jelly jar with my other spices. I love my jelly jars for spices. They are so easy to see and grab the right one. I <3 jars. True love forever.

What do I use seasoned salt for? Eggs, veggies, soups, stews, chicken, fish, etc. I put it on everything I can think of. It might be my favorite seasoning. Totally.

homemade seasoned salt

Now, hop on over to Gwen’s Nest for Tomato Cucumber Salad for Trim Healthy Tuesday!

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My top three picks from last week were:

Quick Lunch Pizza (S) from Growing Team Conrad

We make this lavash bread pizza a lot – we love it! Although, until reading this post, I never thought about putting chicken on it. So, I tried it. DELISH!!!! It adds a little bit of extra protein to give you some more fuel for the after-lunch “I’m not sure I’m gonna make it until Barry gets home” slump. Do you have those? Although, Lyn only eats half of the pizza…I am a hog and eat the whole thing. I don’t like sharing pizza. Did you know that’s NOT in the Bible? “Thou shall share your pizza.” Nope. Not in there. So, I just don’t do it. Plus, I’m breastefeeding, don’t ya know. I ate this whole thing – without guilt – without sharing. Booya.

Lavash Pizza

Sugar Free Berry Cheesecake Dessert (S) from Artful Homemaking

Before Trim Healthy Mama I would have told you I was one of those people who didn’t like cheesecake. Boy was I stupid. Cheesecake is AWESOME! Let me rephrase that – the RIGHT cheesecake is AWESOME! I don’t really like those heavy cheesecakes that sit like a rock in your belly after you eat them and you spend the entire night saying this to your girlfriends: “Dude, I shouldn’t have eaten all that cheesecake. I feel like a cow.” No, you can make this and say: “Dude! I ate all that cheesecake. Nah, nah, nah, nah booboo! None for you.” I really, really liked this recipe. It was light and airy and yummy in my tummy! Winner, right here folks. I served mine with Maple Blackberry Syrup (recipe coming soon).

Sugar Free Cheesecake

Trim Healthy Mama S Waffles from Sheri Graham

I love waffles. They are so much fun…fun to eat, but not fun to make if you’re like me and always overfill your waffle iron, making a complete and total mess – considering pitching the thing on the carport instead of washing it. Well guess what? This recipe doesn’t bake over the side! It’s just a single serving….I love you, Sheri. You’ve changed my entire waffle career. She’s taken a recipe directly from the book and converted it into a delicious waffle recipe. Proving that it’s so easy to customize the book recipes! We really, REALLY liked this one and it will be a regular around here.

Sheri's S Waffles

The TOP pick by YOU guys was:

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter (E) from Whole New Mom



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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Maybe I overlooked the explanation, but what does FP in the seasoned salt recipe stand for?

  2. You know you’re a Trim Healthy Mama when…you are excited that it’s Trim Healthy Tuesday!!

  3. Cynthia Combest says:

    Thank you so much. I too have a horrible reaction to MSG. This is so helpful.

  4. They put yeast extract in everything while the packaging will proudly brag that there is “No MSG.” I used to love my little chicken and beef bouillon blocks, though, and I haven’t found any alternative. Store-bought you can just figure that it is in. The whole purpose of MSG is to fake your brain into “thinking” that what you are eating actually tastes good. But, when they sell the public junk might need some brain fakers in it.

  5. Thank you so much for this post! Not only will I be using this recipe, but I will also be getting the Redmond Salt. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Also, I followed a few links you had and am now even better equipped to eat more healthy. I truly appreciate your incites. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Thank you so much for featuring my cheesecake recipe, Stacy!

  7. I knew MSG got slipped into a lot of foods – didn’t realize just how many different ways they get it in there without specifically stating MSG on the label. Upsetting, to say the least. I’m going to have to give your spice mix a try. Looks good, and versatile! I added my Creamy Coconut Strawberry Smoothie today. Yes, yet another smoothie :).
    Thanks for the link-up!

  8. Pinned! Love this, my current seasoning salt has the elusive “spices” listed in the ingredients… I’ll be making this soon. Thanks. =)

  9. Mine too! It’s good on just about everything…except Cheesecake.

  10. Trisha Eldridge Gilkerson says:

    Totally awesome recipe! Pinning this one for sure.

  11. I like how you have three forms of onion in your spice drawer – a true spice connoisseur… or something like that.

  12. What a great seasoning to have on hand! And it sure beats the store bought stuff :) I bet this would taste really good on some air popped popcorn.

  13. Katrina Vega says:

    I buy Lawry’s seasoning salt quite often because I use it every single time I cook. Thanks for the recipe so I can save some money! Pinning :)

    *Visiting from Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch*

  14. Miz Helen says:

    I really prefer making my own spice mix whenever possible, this is a very nice blend. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen.

  15. homemaidsimple says:

    I’ve always wondered what you use seasoned salt for. This blend sounds delightful! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  16. I love old cookbooks like this one. Your Seasoned Salt sounds delicious. I like the addition of the mustard powder.

  17. Jennifer (@GrowingUpTriplets) says:

    “I don’t want to sell my kids for spices.” I loved that line! :) Thanks for linking up at Growing Up Triplets! :)

  18. jelly jar spices are AWESOME! <3 I love homemade seasonings and there's something oddly fun and satisfying about blending them up in appliances :-)

  19. Abbi @Proverbs31living says:

    We like Spike at our house which is a nice seasoning salt that you can buy without MSG – however it is expensive so I have been meaning to try to recreate it myself. I need to just get it done!

  20. Stacy, do you buy your spices organically? I usually buy them at sam’s club but wondered if organic is the way to go since it seems healthier? Thoughts? I am making this recipe today! Looks great!

    • Some of mine are – some aren’t. It’s not a deal breaker for me. :-) I like getting them at my local Amish store and I know they aren’t organic. But sometimes I buy organic in bulk online.

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