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Can I tailor this to my diet?
One of the questions I get most often is how someone can tailor a recipe to fit their dietary needs. And I’m not gonna lie y’all, I really don’t like to go there. There are just too many factors in health-specific diets that there is no possible way I can be an expert in them all, and let’s be real, I’m just a cook – not a doctor or a certified nutritionist. You really have to be your own expert for your own specific diet. For example, I have Lupus. There isn’t a specific diet I follow but my type of Lupus comes with Reynaud’s syndrome (which means my fingers turn blue when I’m cold.) Anyhow, I have to watch my caffeine intake. It makes the condition (and my blood pressure) way worse when I have a day loaded with caffeine. So I am vigilant about that. Health-specific diets almost seem endless: diabetic, gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free, low-carb, kidney diets, paleo, heart-healthy, and the list goes on. So you really need to know what works for you and your diet.
Help a sister out, wouldya?
Having said all that, sometimes the same question comes up over and over and I just can’t ignore it. This recipe (I hope) will be an answer to one of those often-asked questions: How to make homemade dry onion soup mix. The main reason I get this question is because of sodium. A lot of folks gotta keep an eye on sodium, gluten and MSG. Personally, I use those packets all the time. I love the taste. So, for me, there isn’t an issue with the taste or the ingredients but I know it is for many folks because they must control what is going into all of their food but still want to make these easy and simple recipes that use a packet of dry onion soup mix.
Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix
So I set out to find a recipe that tastes like the packet kind (maybe even better!) but where I could control the sodium. And for that, I had to find sodium-free beef bouillion cubes or granules. I easily found it at Walmart. I was kind of surprised. I thought it would be a bigger chore than it was and I was prepared to order it from Amazon so I could test this recipe. So I whipped this up and then tested it in a couple of recipes. And I gotta say, not only did it taste amazing, it worked seamlessly and I couldn’t even tell the difference between the two. It might’ve actually been a tad bit better. 🙂
1/4 cup dried onion flakes
2 tablespoons sodium-free beef bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/8 teaspoon celery seed
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Mix together well. Use as a substitute for a 1-ounce envelope of dry onion soup mix.
You could certainly make extra and pop it into an old container to use for later!
To make soup: Place this mix into medium saucepan. Stir in 4 cups water and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.
To make onion dip: Combine this mix with 1 (16 oz.) container sour cream.
Here’s a free printable to attach to your jar. Just click HERE or on the photo below to print (double-sided).
Use your new homemade dry onion mix in these recipes: Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast
Try these other homemade seasonings: Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
- 2 tablespoons sodium-free beef bouillon granules
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Measure all of the ingredients into a bowl or a lidded container.
- Mix together well.
- Use as a substitute for a 1-ounce envelope of dry onion soup mix.
- To make soup: Place this mix into medium saucepan. Stir in 4 cups water and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.
- To make classic onion dip: Combine this mix with 1 (16 oz.) container sour cream.