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This is the Season(ing) for Healthy, Flavorful Cooking

Liz Merritt
November 30, 2016
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If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your food without compromising healthy nutrition, Ryan Alarie has the answer. Alarie is on a mission to combine his passion for cooking with his commitment to health on his quest for healthy seasonings.

Start in the Garden

“It all started with a garden. I’ve always loved cooking, so I began growing my own herbs and peppers. Pretty soon, I was testing out several spice blends,” says Alarie, founder and owner of RA Seasonings.

In two years, his business has grown from a small, backyard organic garden to production of 200 to 300 pounds of healthy seasonings weekly to meet the demands of customers. RA Seasonings are gluten-free, low-sodium, non-GMO products.

“I grew out of the backyard garden pretty quickly and now source my ingredients from local organic farmers.” He says his healthy seasonings are popular with athletes and fitness competitors as well as health-conscious consumers who aim for lower sodium diets.

Driven by Health

And that’s where the story becomes personal. Eight months ago, Alarie donated one of his kidneys to his cousin. “I have to watch my sodium for high-blood pressure, especially with my family history.” Alarie’s genetic predisposition for kidney disease is underscored by four family members on his father’s side who have undergone kidney transplants.

“All of my family uses the products to keep sodium down and guard against high blood pressure. High blood pressure is pretty much instant death for your kidneys,” he says, adding he is in talks with the National Kidney Foundation about a potential endorsement for his line of healthy seasonings.

Seriously Healthy Seasonings

While this 27-year-old is a long way from middle age, he is passionate about taking healthy nutrition seriously early in life. He’s an advocate for lowering sodium, eliminating chemical preservatives and limiting red meat consumption.

I take it personally to help people get good habits started early before all those health problems show up later in life.”

From four original seasoning blends – All Purpose, Zesty Garlic, Spicy and Cajun – Alarie has expanded the line to eight blends to include Cilantro Lime, Dill Ranch, Smoky BBQ and Chile Verde.

Protein Style Burger

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RA Seasonings Burger Protein Style

 Ingredients:

  • grass-fed beef 97.3% lean
  • Iceberg or Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup of mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup of diced onions
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Pepperjack cheese
  • RA Seasonings All Purpose
  • RA Seasonings Zesty Garlic

Directions:

Mix RA Seasonings Zesty Garlic & All Purpose with ground beef in a mixing bowl. Adjust seasoning amounts to your taste. Form patties and grill until cooked.

Next, place mushrooms and diced onions in a skillet with a little olive oil. Sautee for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Melt pepperjack cheese on top of patties while you finish them up on the grill.

Finally, place burger in lettuce along with other toppings and wrap lettuce to make a pocket to hold the burger.

Spicy Halibut

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Spicy Halibut

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz wild halibut
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
  • ¼ cup low-sodium teriyaki sauce
  • 1 slice lemon
  • ¼ cup Sriracha sauce
  • Scallions, ¼ cup chopped
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • RA Seasonings All Purpose
  • Ra Seasonings Spicy

Directions:

Make marinade by combining teriyaki sauce and Sriracha sauce. Coat fish and allow to marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Cook rice and stir in toasted coconut. Remove fish from marinade and season with All Purpose and Spicy blends. Save marinade.

Place fish on lined baking pan for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, or until cooked. Place fish on bed of rice and top with scallions, drizzle of marinade, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Zucchini Crust Pizza

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Zucchini crust pizza base.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • ¾ cup egg substitute
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup black olives
  • 2 small tomatoes, halved and thinly sliced
  • Turkey pepperoni, 1 cup
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • Dried oregano, 1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • RA Seasonings Zesty Garlic

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine zucchini and egg substitute. Stir in flour and RA Seasonings Zesty Garlic to taste. Spread onto 12-inch pizza pan coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees. Remove “crust” from oven and sprinkle with mozzarella, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, turkey pepperoni, oregano and basil. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 

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