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Low Sodium Red Magic Seasoning

Red Magic Seasoning

I am on a quest for low sodium, but delicious food lately. Food that will appeal to a teenager. I never never never thought I would have to worry much about sodium … my blood pressure is low. My kids, well they’re kids! You don’t have to worry about salt too much with kids, right?

But you see, my daughter (who is ALMOST a teenager) has been having dizzy spells. It started last fall … she missed two weeks of school. I was terribly worried about her, took her to the doctor, had tons of tests done. At the end they couldn’t find anything wrong with her and this is what they said, “she needs to drink more water.”

So we had her drink more water. But the dizzy spells continued. They would come and go. Sometimes she would be fine, but they got to be so bad last month that she couldn’t dance and sometimes they would go on for a whole week. If you knew my girl, you would know she lives to dance. She has been dancing since she was able to stand on two feet, I believe. When she was 3 I enrolled her in dance classes and she has been dancing ever since. Since she’s gotten older, our lives have started revolving around her dance.

But dizzy spells in a dancer are a very very bad thing. And she was SO miserable! I did some research into the symptoms she is having and one of the things that may help is to lower her sodium intake to 1,000 mg/day. When you look at how much sodium is in salt and so many of the foods that we eat, 1,000 mg is REALLY HARD.

I have used a lot of Red Robin Seasoning in our food so she is used to that flavoring. I thought I would try to make something similar to that one, with a lot less salt. The real magic in it this is … I think I like it better than the original Red Robin Seasoning! Red Robin Seasoning is loaded with salt, while this one is loaded with flavor. My girl loves it. I can season salmon or chicken with this and she is happy! She will eat it! I’m even sprinkling it on some of my own food now …

Low Sodium Red Magic Seasoning

Low Sodium Red Magic Seasoning

I found the tomato powder at our local coop food store. It’s basically just dried tomato, ground into a powder. I was looking for low-sodium tomato soup mix, but all I found was tomato powder, which I think is so sooo much better. And if you can’t find it, I think all you’d have to do is put some sundried tomatoes through a spice grinder to make a fine powder.

  • 6 Tablespoons tomato powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Lite Salt (or 1/2 Tablespoon sea salt)
  • 5 Tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder

Mix all ingredients together into a bowl. Funnel into a spice jar. Use to flavor chicken, meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, popcorn … whatever you normally would use salt on.

Low Sodium Red Magic Seasoning

This recipe was shared at Weekend PotluckTalent Show TuesdayA Crafty Cook’s April Link PartyMelt in your Mouth Mondays, and Fit & Fabulous Fridays.

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17 responses

  1. MommaMary

    I make my own taco seasoning and just leave the salt out of it. Family member had a heart attack and we now monitor all the salt intake. This recipe is the best, I think it tastes just like the packaged products. I do add a teaspoon of corn starch for thickening and leave out the salt, but do follow the rest of the recipe. @http://allrecipes.com/recipe/taco-seasoning-i/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=taco%20seasoning&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=%2fmy%2frecipebox%2fdefault.aspx It didn’t leave a link like it usually does, it is Taco Seasoning 1 by Bill Echols in AllRecipes. I hope this helps. It’s nice that you can increase the number of servings on the website and I always make up a jar of it when I do make it. Also, only use the best cumin you can find. I purchased the $1 bottles and it was horrid, so I don’t skimp on it any more.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

    • Ann

      Thank you so much! Taco seasoning was one of the next ones on my list … we love tacos!

      April 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

      • MommaMary

        This recipe is really the best I’ve tried. Hope your daughter gets better.

        April 9, 2012 at 10:19 am

      • Ann

        She most likely won’t … it’s something she is going to have to learn to manage and control the best she can. But cutting down salt is not the worst thing in the world. She’ll just have to eat more home-cooked foods and watch what she eats when she goes out.

        April 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

  2. Most excellent Ann! I’m very glad to have this recipe! Now all I have to do is find out if Whole Foods has tomato powder… I’ve been wanting to go anyway :) Maybe next week since I have to go into the “city” anyway to pulmonary doc. Love you bunches! xoxo

    April 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

    • Ann

      Good luck! I hope you find it. The tomato powder is what makes it so good. :)

      April 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

  3. Oh, what a lovely looking spice mix. I am definitely going to have to try this.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    • Ann

      yay! that makes me SO happy … thank you :)

      April 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

  4. Jennifer

    I bought tomato powder because i was trying to replicate the mckormick beef stew seasoning. Any ideas?

    April 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm

  5. Thank you so much for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures, Sweetie! I can only imagine how scary this has been for you all. Love the mix and will be using it! <3 and hugs Doll! http://www.recipesformyboys.com/p/thursdays-treasures.html

    April 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  6. TFS! I’ve been struggling with dizzy spells since my last semester in college. For the last 5 years I’ve been trying to figure it out. One doctor says Miniers disease which is affected by high sodium diets and the other says migraines. However I feel best when I’m on a low sodium diet. This mix looks perfect for me. Giving it a try!

    May 1, 2012 at 11:46 am

    • Ann

      Andrea I’m so excited you’re going to try this! It’s a very tasty seasoning mix, but more importantly I really hope it helps with your dizzy spells.

      May 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

  7. Jeanne

    I am so happy that I found this recipe! After being diagnosed with CHF I’m always looking for low sodium recipes. I ordered the tomato powder online, and made a batch as soon as it arrived in the mail. Your Magic Red Seasoning is fantastic. My husband is a fire captain and took some with him to work the next day. They cooked with it at dinner and all enjoyed it. Thank you!

    June 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

    • Ann

      Jeanne I’m so happy that you tried my seasoning! That totally makes my day … thank you so much for taking the time to tell me. :)

      June 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

    • Ann

      Also, here’s a great place to get some really really scrumptious low sodium seasonings … I ordered some from her and they are all awesome! She makes the tastiest mixes … http://www.mysticbluespice.com/

      June 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

      • Jeanne

        Thank you Ann. I will check it out.

        June 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

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