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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

recipe of the week: zesty italian dressing mix

i have an amazing find to share with you tonight. yesterday i was going to make crockpot chicken and rice for dinner but realized i had used the rest of my zesty italian dressing mix. this stuff is great for a million recipes, but i get irritated when i run out because it isn't the cheapest ingredient. so, i decided to wing it and search the internet for something close. let me tell you, this was just like the real thing! soooo good and crazy easy! i love eliminating an expensive ingredient! yahoo!

zesty italian dressing mix
from: mrs. t's christmas kitchen

1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon each: pepper, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, sweet red pepper flakes (i used a handful of my frozen red and orange bell peppers, defrosted and minced)
Pinch of paprika

mix together. makes equivalent of 1 packet.


Sharon said...

Great recipe! It's always nice making your own spice mix. Definitely saves a pretty penny!

Kristi said...

Congrats on the find, it sounds like it was so fun to make and yummy too!

Raich said...

Wanna know a naughty recipe...? Oh well, even if you dont:
1 cube of butter
1 block cream cheese
1 can cream of mushroom
1 pkg of the italian dressing mix
heat in saucepan
Pour over 2 lbs shredded chicken wihth fresh sauteed mushrooms and mashed potatoes...then just sit on the couch and call it a day...DO NOT repeat :)

Garrett and Jessica said...

You are amazing! It's almost as if you read my mind... just this week I thought to myself, "I wonder if they have a recipe for italian dressing seasoning mix." That's kinda creepy. Thanks for doing the work for me!

BrittWilk said...

thanks for your comments everyone!

and raich - thanks for the naughty recipe - sounds yummy!

and jess - i'm glad i can read minds occasionally these days. :)

healthy cooking on a budget

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