How to Become a Spice Girl

I come from good, old northern European immigrant stock on my father’s side. There are a number of positive stereotypes attached to this lineage: industrious, law-abiding, down to earth. What we’re not known for is exotic cuisine. Now, I’m sure there are a lot of folks of Scandinavian descent who set a creative and piquant table. But at our house, we pretty much stuck by the rule of thumb that most of what you see on your plate should be … pale. (Think mashed potatoes with milk gravy.)

Growing up, “seasoning” to me meant salt and pepper, applied judiciously. Occasionally my mom, a very good cook who has some feisty Irish in her, would dare to sprinkle a little of that famous orange powder on meats, but my Dad tended to squint suspiciously at such innovations, so it didn’t happen often.

In other words, I grew up thinking that food was supposed to be … well … kinda bland. Then I came to work at Tastefully Simple.


I was suddenly introduced to a world of taste in handy shaker jars: Garlic Pepper? Spinach & Herb? Simply Salsa? To paraphrase the Bard, “Oh, brave, new world that has such flavors in it!” Imagine my astonishment to discover that just a shake or two over most any dish has the power to transform “meh” into “mahvelous!”

And it creates this magic without adding fat or artificial ingredients. You see, all of Tastefully Simple’s seasonings are TS EatWell. That means they are clean label: no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, and no hydrogenated fats. Just real, good food.

I cautiously started cooking with TS seasonings (didn’t want to shock my palate, after all). I sprinkled a little Citrus Herb Seasoning over grilled fish. Whipped up an amazing salad dressing with light mayo and Rustic Herb Seasoning.

Rustic Herb Dressing recipe | Tastefully Simple

Then I got bolder. Started adding Garlic GarlicTM and Onion OnionTM Seasonings to just about everything. Dared to mix Fiesta Party Seasoning into my favorite pasta salad.

Fiesta Party Seasoning recipe | Tastefully Simple

I even zipped up my boring lunch with Salsa Turkey Burritos. Nowadays, there’s practically no recipe I don’t upgrade with one of Tastefully Simple’s seasonings.

Salsa Turkey Burritos recipe | Tastefully Simple

I haven’t completely turned my back on my heritage. Most of my food still falls on the white-to-cream spectrum. But let me tell you – I'll choose Howlin' Mashed Potatoes over boring old spuds any day.

Maybe I've got a little spice girl in me after all!

What's your favorite way to use Tastefully Simple's TS EatWell seasonings? Share your best recipes!

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