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April 1, 2016

How to Spice Up Salad, Rice, and Baked Potatoes

by Anne Paddock

At some point we all get into a rut when it comes to making a side dish, whether it’s the dinner salad, rice, or a baked potato.  Let’s start with the salad. Lettuce greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and scallions are placed in a bowl, tossed with dressing and voilá, the salad is ready. If we think ahead, maybe some homemade croutons make an appearance.

For rice, we generally chose water and when feeling adventurous, maybe broth (low sodium if we’re in a nutritious frame of mind). Baked potatoes present another challenge, especially for those on dairy-free diets because butter and sour cream are not options. So, what can we do with these three essential side dishes to generate a bit more excitement at the table?

Pereg_Seeds_MixSprinkle Pereg’s Pistachio Mix or Seed Mix, two hearty blends of all natural ingredients that will add flavor and crunch to any salad, rice dish, or baked potato.

The Pistachio Mix contains pistachios, pine nuts, onions, canola oil, salt and spices while the Seeds Mix is made with sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, canola oil, salt and spices. Each blend is unique with the Pistachio Mix filled with the sweet flavor of onions in a sea of pistachios and pine nuts while the Seeds Mix emphasizes the rich flavor of seeds.

Although both blends are recommended to step up salads, spice up rice, and dress a potato, the blends can also be used in any dish that needs a little something extra…including cookies. The seed mix can be sprinkled on the tops of pre baked cookies or a loaf of bread dough to make both a sweet and savory topping (while the cookie or bread bakes, the seeds toast which adds extra flavor). The options are virtually endless.

Pereg salad mixes come packaged in an 8 ounce plastic container with an air-tight lid. With easy to grip packaging, sprinkling is a breeze. Each container sells for $8-$9 at www.pereg-spices.com.

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