I am sharing with you this time a seasoning mixture recipe, as an alternative to MSG and artificial flavored seasonings, which are typically found in the food market today. Since I commit myself to sharing healthy, vegetarian and vegan recipes in my blog, I thought it is helpful to share with you one of the healthy seasonings mixtures I like to use in my cooking. As a vegetarian, my choices of non-dairy, no MSG, less preservative filled seasoning mixtures are more limited. Thankfully, here in the USA’s food market there are many single type, plant-based seasonings, that can be mixed together for a nice seasoning mixture. Most vegan cooking I’ve seen uses vegan seasonings similar to McKay’s chicken-like seasoning and Beef-like seasoning, to name a few of the pre-made seasoning mixtures I actually use in my cooking. I also like using Mushroom seasoning powder (no MSG) that I buy at my local Asian market. This is my adaptation to the Country Style Seasoning in the Country Life Vegetarian Cookbook that I have. It is very easy to make.
The main ingredient in this seasoning mixture recipe is, Nutritional Yeast Flakes, which some of you may have not heard of this ingredient before. Nutritional yeast “is a deactivated yeast, often a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is sold commercially as a food product. It is sold in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores.” After the process of making the yeast they sometimes add vitamin B12 to it. Vegans use nutritional yeast as part of their seasoning because it has a cheesy or nutty flavor, and as such it is typically a key ingredient for making vegan cheeses or as a cheese alternative to some recipes that ask for cheese. If nutritional yeast flakes are not available in your area, don’t worry, you can still make your own natural seasoning mixtures with things as simple as sugar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and other herbs and spices. Just blend them up together, then you can have a fresh, natural, homemade seasoning mixture.
Yes, there are many pre-made seasoning mixtures we can buy in the market, if for some reason you don’t have any option but to buy the ready-made seasonings you may do so, but as an advice (as I was advised), let us be very particular when choosing what to buy, because looks and taste are deceiving and they can fool our appetite. If you see ingredients on the label that are unfamiliar and hard to pronounce, you probably don’t want that in your body. The shorter and simpler the ingredients list is, the better for your health.
Good source of: protein and vitamins, B-complex vitamins, Vitamin B12 fortified.
1 and 1/2 cups nutritional yeast flakes
3 Tbspoons sea salt
1 TBspoon Onion powder
1 TBspoon garlic powder
1 Tbspoon paprika powder
½ teaspoon ground celery seed
1 Tbspoon dried parsley
1 and ½ teaspoon cane sugar crystals
½ teaspoon turmeric
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until fine.
- Let is sit in the blender for about 2 minutes before opening the lid.
- Store in a tight covered container. No need to refrigerate.
Makes about 1 and 1/4 cup of seasoning. Great for gravy, sauces, stir-fries, soups, stews, and many other recipes that require seasoning. Sprinkle over sliced tofu before and after frying/baking. 1 tablespoon of Country Style Vegan seasoning + 2 cups of water = instant broth! Enjoy!