Homemade Cajun Spice Mix

grilled cajun shrimp

Cajun Spice Mix

  • 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Ground White Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Basil
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Cayenne
  • 2 Tbsp Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Onion Powder

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. I always make spice mixes in large quantities, because I cook more than the average¬†bear. Feel free to halve or quarter this recipe if you aren’t a slave to your kitchen like I am ūüėČ

This is good on a whole lot of foods, but will blow your mind on seafood. Grilled Cajun Shrimp anyone? Why not try it with Homemade Cocktail Sauce?


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Sweet and Smokey Spice Rub


Sweet & Smokey Spice Rub

  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil- softened
  • 1 tsp Garlic- minced
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar or honey
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke

Mix all ingredients. It makes an ugly, brown, mushy paste. Rub all over meat. Cook meat.

Sounds too simple right? Not enough ingredients, way too fast. No way this is going to taste good…..Oh but you’re wrong!

We have tried this on wings, steak, ribs, a pork roast and several cuts of venison. It is delicious! It has a deep smokey flavor with just the slightest hint of sweetness. Very delicious!

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Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix

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Candida Diet Taco Salad


Taco Salad for the Candida Free Kitchen

2/3 Cup Quinoa

1 Cup homemade Bone Broth

1 lb ground turkey/chicken/beef/venison etc

2-4 Tbsp homemade Taco Seasoning

Romaine or iceberg Lettuce


Diced Onions

Green Chilies

Grape or Cherry Tomatoes

Sliced avocado

homemade Salsa¬†Verde or ‘green sauce” as Rob likes to call it.

  • Bring bone broth to a boil, add quinoa and simmer until tender
  • Brown ground meat
  • Add cooked quinoa, and homemade taco seasoning. Adding more broth if mixture is too dry
  • Allow mixture to cool slightly
  • Toss mixture with all remaining ingredients to make salad.
  • Top with homemade yogurt if desired.

We love this meal. Something about the still slightly warm meat mixture and the crunchy cold lettuce. Yum! Plus it is “Phase One” safe, if you are following a Candida free way of life, or just plain trying to eat more vegetables!

Tender Grilled Brisket

I love recipes that can be placed on the grill and left alone for hours. This recipe is one of my favorites. Resulting in a sweet and spicey, very tender and juicy brisket. Sliced thin, it is barbeque at it’s finest! If you have a freezer full of venison or other wild game, this works great with a big thick backstrap or steak as well.

Tender Grilled Brisket

6 cups mesquite wood chips

1 4-5 lb beef brisket

1 Tbsp coconut oil


Coarse sea salt

Black pepper

Red pepper flakes


  • Before grilling, soak wood chips in a bucket of water.
  • Brush brisket with oil and sprinkle with all spices. I never measure. Rub spices into meat.
  • Drain wood chips and light charcoal in grill. Place 1 large handful of wood chips over charcoal.
  • Place brisket on grill. Cook 3 to 4 hours, adding another handful of wood chips every 30 minutes or so.
  • Remember for extra¬†tender meat, never pierce the meat with a fork. Use tongs!
  • After meat is cooked, brush with homemade barbeque sauce and serve hot.

Mesquite Wood Chips

For a spicy Barbeque Sauce you can try my usual or this new one I’ve been playing with:

Hot and Sweet BBQ Sauce

1/2 cup onion, chopped

6 fresh jalepeno chile peppers, seeded and chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 cups ketchup

1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1/4 cup orange juice

3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (make your own here)

1 tsp dry mustard

In saucepan heat oil and saute onion, pepper and garlic. Stir in all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Makes 3 cups.

This is great with a basket of grilled fresh veggies, corn on the cob or green salad. The leftovers are excellent as a sandwhich, and I also love it served hot over cornbread.

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Homemade Seasoning Salt

When I’m in a hurry in the kitchen I like a fast all-purpose spice I can grab and sprinkle on a hunk of meat, and throw it in the oven. It took me a while to develop something that is truly all-purpose, but I think this is it! So far I have used it on chicken, fish, beef, bison, salad, hard-boiled eggs and pasta. I think that fits the bill of all-purpose don’t you?

All-Purpose Seasoned Salt

6 Tbsp Sea Salt

1/2 tsp Thyme

1/2 tsp Marjoram

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

2 1/2 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Mustard powder

1/2 tsp Onion powder

1/4 tsp Dill

1 tsp Celery salt

Mix all in a bowl and funnel into a shaker. I used this pretty ceramic shaker I found at a yard sale.

Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix

Fajita Seasoning Mix

3 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder

2 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp sea salt

1 Tbsp paprika

1 Tbsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/3 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp cumin

Mix all spices and store in an airtight container. The whole recipe equals 3 store-bought packets of Fajita seasoning. 2 Tbsp equals 1 packet.

For the easiest fajitas in the world:

Place one flank steak in your crock pot

Throw in a couple of bell peppers and one onion (cut these into strips)

Sprinkle liberally with fajita seasoning (about 3 Tbsp)

Turn on low 6-8 hours.

Shred with 2 forks or cut into strips and serve with homemade tortillas, sour cream, shredded cheese, salsa verde etc.

See also:
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix

Coffee Spice Rub

Homemade Aluminum Free Baking Powder

Aluminum is a soft, durable lightweight metal. It is a very useful metal¬† in many industries, including the food industry. But at what cost?¬†Aluminum¬†deposits¬†itself in the bones and central nervous system¬†when eaten. It competes with¬†calcium in the body, causing osteoporosis¬†and growth retardation in infants.¬†Aluminum increases estrogen related issues, including contributing to tumor growth. It has been shown to be a large¬†factor in Alzheimer’s disease.

Aluminum is found in the following products.

    • Salted snacks
    • Hot cocoa mixes
    • Coffee creamers
    • Pickles and relish
    • Flour tortillas
    • Pizza crust
    • Doughnuts
    • Cookies
    • Pancakes
    • Waffles
    • Cupcakes
    • Cakes
    • Baking mixes
    • Brownies
    • Pastries
    • Corn bread
    • Banana bread
    • Carrot bread
    • Dipping batter for fried foods
    • Microwave Popcorn
    • Muffins
    • Self-rising flour
    • Bakeware
    • antiperspirants
    • Many body lotions and cremes
    • Most cosmetics
    • Shampoos and conditioners
    • Soaps
    • Suntan lotions
    • Lip Balm
    • Over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs containing aluminum are too numerous to list.
    • Every beverage sold in an aluminum can¬†(attention beer and soda drinkers)
    • Every acidic food sold in an¬†aluminum can
    • Buffered Aspirin users are ingesting as much as 700 mg of aluminum per day
    • Antacids contain 200 mg of aluminum per pill!
    • 1 slice of processed cheese contains 50 mg of aluminum

Aluminumized baking powder is now being used in many foods that were formerly prepared without baking powder, such as pizza crust, raised doughnuts, pie crusts, cookies, waffles, prepared meats, cheeses, and other products that were once aluminum-free. I suggest you  make your own!

Put the antacids down and drink a glass of raw milk!

Do you have Aluminum Toxicity?

As the metal aluminum is present in our food, water supply, and soil, most people suffer from some degree of aluminum toxicity.   After years of accumulated exposure and storage of it in body tissues, this poison can have results ranging from brain degeneration to skeletal deformities.


  • It is particularly poisonous to the nervous system with a range of symptoms that can include disturbed sleep, nervousness, emotional instability, memory loss, headaches, and impaired intellect.
  • It can stop the body’s ability to digest and make use of calcium, phosphorus, and¬†magnesium.¬† This prevents bone growth and reduces bone density.¬† Aluminum can also cause conditions which actually force calcium out of the bones.¬† Either of these situations can bring on weakness and deformation in the bone structure with crippling effects.
  • Toxicity can also result in aching muscles, speech problems, anemia, digestive problems, lowered liver function, colic and impaired kidney function.

Aluminum Free Baking Powder

1/4 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cream of tartar

1/4 cup arrow-root powder OR organic corn starch

Mix together and store in an air tight container. I have been using this for many years, and it works exactly the same as the store-bought versions. It is also much, much cheaper! Better yet, make your own sourdough starter ūüôā



Homemade Taco Seasoning Blend

I don’t like buying things in little foil packets. I think its fun to work with herbs and spices and come up with unique flavors. Here is my version of Taco Seasoning. I usually make this in a quadruple batch and store it a little glass jar.

Taco Seasoning

1 Tbsp chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

Mix all and store in air tight container. I use 2 rounded Tablespoons per pound of meat. Contains no MSG isn’t that groovy?


Make your own Italian Seasoning

I have a lot of recipes that call for 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning blend. Well if you have a well stocked spice cabinet, you probably have all the ingredients to just make it yourself. I make this in a large batch, and store it in a pretty jar.

Homemade Italian Seasoning Blend

2 Tbsp Basil

2 Tbsp Marjoram

2 Tbsp Oregano

2 Tbsp Rosemary

2 Tbsp Thyme

Voila! Mix all ingredients, store in airtight container.

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