Last week I promised salt-free salt. So let’s get to it already.
What is salt-free salt?
Salt-free salt is not an herb, fresh and dried. Or any of the spices you find on the rack. Which are all great (GREAT!) alternatives to using salt.
But here’s the technical definition of a salt-free salt: It is a magical powder consisting of unusual ingredients, pulverized into a powder that then gets used to make your taste buds do a high kick. It wakes up the other ingredients in the dish. They may add texture, umami, and most definitely will make your brain explode. (And PS: by “technical” I mean I just made that all up).
I first discovered the idea of salt-free salt by way of Michelle Tam (from Nom Nom Paleo) and her Magic Mushroom Powder. Now, of course, Michelle’s version has salt in it. But even without it, this blend is a total savory, umami powerhouse. And I absolutely love the idea that pulverized mushrooms (yes MUSHROOMS) can act like a seasoning.
Thanks, Mother Nature. You’re awesome.
So next week, we’re going to talk about a version of Michelle Tam’s Magic Mushroom Powder. But today, we’re going to get into a new blend of our own: Red Lentil Dust.
It’s simple. You take a cup of red lentils (uncooked). You add some dried onion flakes and salt-free garlic powder and some red chili pepper if you’re crazy like that. Then you put it all in a food processor and let it whirl until you have a fine grapefruit colored powder. Then you sprinkle this fairy dust into your scrambled eggs, over your kale chips, into the polenta, and right into that Shepard’s pie.
Of course, you also need to put it on diced carrots and potatoes. And when you do, something really wonderful happens. The lentils actually act like flour/batter that adds an extra crispiness to that roasted hash.
So add something colorful, savory, and totally unexpected to your meals this week And give a new a new kind of seasoning a chance.
RED LENTIL DUST
- 1 cup dried red lentils
- 2 Tbsp dried onion flakes
- 1 Tbsp salt-free garlic powder
Blend. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 month. Use like a spice in any cooked dishes.