This week, Zelda & Bramble are introducing a party pack of three exciting new blends, so we’ve been doing a lot of experimentation, trying them on everything! And now I’m eager to share what we’ve been doing with the brand new Z&B Pizza Shakes! This is a really versatile and flavor-packed blend of herbs and rich and nutty toasted fennel and sesame seeds, brightened with sunny lemon zest and a little kick from red pepper flakes.
It is a perfect fit on pizza, of course, as well as in a pasta sauce, in sautéed veggies layered in lasagna, or over mac & cheese. But my favorite discovery is how good it is on salad!
Don’t worry, I won’t claim that it will turn your leafy greens into an extra cheese and pepperoni pizza, but when I tried it, I was wowed by how much pop it added, and it really brought the fresh, summery flavors of the salad ingredients together. Even if you think that salads are boring, bear with me! We know that they’re healthy (if you hold the heavy dressings), but salads are also super versatile and, if you season them well, delicious! The mouth-watering salads I’ve been making recently have consisted of freshly picked baby lettuce mix from the garden, a handful of chickpeas or other beans, a scoop of quinoa, snap peas or other veggies from the farmers’ market, a drizzle of flax oil, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and a generous sprinkle of Z&B Pizza Shakes!
The chickpeas and quinoa are full of protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, and other nutrients, and help make this a substantial salad that fills you up. Quinoa is one of the healthiest and quickest-cooking grains; just simmer 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups water or vegetable stock for 12 minutes and add a pinch of salt. You can also sprout it instead if you’re so inclined.
The salad greens and other veggies you add on top are low-calorie and vitamin-packed. And it’s fun to mix them up based on what is in season and what you have on hand. I can’t wait for tomatoes to be in season; I know they’ll be awesome on this salad!
Apple cider vinegar has been the subject of lots of hype, and while many of the touted “miracle cures” are unproven, there is evidence that it can help with weight loss and balancing blood sugar levels, and it contains antioxidants, which can help protect the body from disease.
Flax oil is a healthy fat and great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial to the heart and brain and reduce inflammation, among other health benefits. It’s best on salads, as it breaks down if heated. Keep it in the fridge and shake it up before using.
And Z&B Pizza Shakes! provide 100% of your recommended daily value of savory and zesty pizzazz!
We went to a potluck this weekend, and brought the quintessential picnic dish: Potato Salad using Z&B Green Zing! The Zing! and lemon juice really made the flavors pop and contrasted well with the creaminess in the dressing. And roasting the potatoes—instead of boiling them—created great flavor and texture.
It’s also very leftover-friendly if you have potatoes you’ve already roasted, or have other veggies you’d like to mix and match! Also, if you’ve already made the Green Zing! Sour Cream from the Z&B ‘zine, you can use 1 ½ batches of that as the dressing here. Easy peasy!
Here’s how I made this Green Zing! Potato Salad:
Pro tip: if you combine when the potatoes are still hot, they absorb more of the flavors of the dressing!
Hope you try this easy and tasty dish at your next potluck, picnic, or cookout! Let us know how you like it!
Hello! This is Abbie, Zelda & Bramble’s Assistant Thumbs Operator. I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite things to do with Z&B spice blends to make everyday food that is simple, quick, good for you, and super flavorful. I find that the spice blends take care of the flavor part of the dish, making cooking really easy!
Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, seems like a logical place to start! Here at Chez Z&B, we tend to rotate through three different breakfasts: oatmeal with Quatre Epices; grits with Memphis Rub (or almost any other blend!); and a savory Herbes de Provence porridge made of steel cut oats, quinoa, and buckwheat groats. They are all warming, nutritious, sustaining, and delicious.
Breakfast Number 1: Oatmeal with Quatre Epices
Here’s how I make a serving of oatmeal that tastes like a big, warm, comforting hug:
Breakfast Number 2: Savory Multi-Grain Porridge
Want to start your day with a bowl of comfort and gratitude? We make an amazing savory porridge from steel cut oats, quinoa, and buckwheat groats with Z&B Herbes de Provence that I swear tastes like Thanksgiving (but won’t leave you stuffed!). I set it up in the pot the night before, which makes things really convenient in the morning. Quinoa, buckwheat, and oats are excellent whole-grain sources of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, so this breakfast is really healthy, too.
To make a serving of this porridge:
Breakfast Number 3: Memphis Grits
You don’t have to be a Southerner to love grits! I may have grown up in the Mid-Atlantic, but one taste of this Southern staple and I was hooked. A simple and tasty way to start the day, they are also a perfect canvas for a variety of Z&B’s savory spice blends, from Z&B Memphis Rub to Z&B Firestorm!
Here’s how I make my grits:
That’s the key ingredient in all of our blends here at Z&B. Though we have a diverse offering and some never-seen-before seasoning blends, we never stray from the idea that what we make must be accessible to all.
That means if there’s an unfamiliar ingredient, we’ll take the time to talk about it. If someone has a question, we’ll answer it. But above all that, it means that our blends can be enjoyed by anyone of any skill level, novice or old pro.
We test these blends ourselves, in dishes fancy and simple. Our favorite test material is popcorn! It’s a wonderful flavor carrier, and there’s not one bit of fussiness about it! Pop and shake—if you can do that, you can use almost all that we offer! (May we suggest you start with Umami?)
Make no mistake, we do eat fancy now and then. We’ll finely dice mushrooms, shallots, and onions so we can make duxelles, which we then use in a classic French sauce. We’ll take the time to make a dark roux, which we’ll use for a soup base. But most meals are based on simplicity: roast a sweet potato, slice it open, and shake some Garam Masala over it. Or cook some lentils and toss them with Za’atar and a nice olive oil. Or instead of making a classic French or Creole sauce, just sauté some onions with Espresso & Peppercorn Rub and enjoy a gravy like you’ve never had!
So whatever your inclinations and talents, we’ve got you covered. We encourage you to explore and experiment, and to live a diverse and delicious life.
Hello, everyone! Abbie here, with a quick and tasty weeknight recipe I threw together from pantry staples. It only takes six ingredients. And it’s versatile, healthy and flavorful to boot! Hard to beat that!
Curry-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas:
It’s awesome on top of a green salad, as a side dish, or on its own! I’d say it makes 2-4 servings, depending on how you use it.
Want to mix things up? Try swapping out the Curry Powder for Garam Masala, add in a sliced onion before roasting, or switch up your vegetables. Cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, and winter squash come to mind!
What are we about, here at Zelda & Bramble Superlative Seasonings? We can talk ad infinitum trying to answer that fully, but it really comes down to something very simple.
We love to cook, and we want you to love cooking, too.
For some of us, it’s fun to ransack the pantry and try a dozen or more spices throughout the week. For others of us—or perhaps all of us during a busy week—we just want to make an easy dish that’s satisfying and gets us to the weekend.
That’s where Z&B comes in. As Abbie likes to say, we take care of all the flavor. You don’t need to worry if something will taste good when you start with our Chili Seasoning, or Creole & Soul Food Seasoning, or the classic Quatre Epices. We’ve made their flavors so big and their profiles so bold that we have that whole flavor thing covered.
We’ve posted a few recipes, as well as a simple ‘zine which you can use to explore our blends. Beyond these starting places, we encourage you to experiment. Try Espresso & Peppercorn Rub on Brussels sprouts, use Herbes de Provence to make a wonderful savory porridge for breakfast, or grind up our Superlative Chai and make some cookies.
Let us know what you do. We love hearing from you!