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Whether you are dieting, watching your salt intake, or just like to cook, spices and seasonings have the utmost importance when it comes to giving bland foods some flavor (think: chicken breast, egg whites, etc.)

Spike sent me some of their Gourmet Natural Seasonings. Two of my favorites have been the Onion-Magic! and Garlic-Magic! flavors. Both of these are salt free- which is great because I live in a household where high blood pressure is common, and excess table salt is NOT needed. (I actually have LOW blood pressure, and need the salt, but I was interested in trying these out anyway!)

First one up- the Garlic Magic! This one had a very nice garlic flavor. It was not salty, as it is salt free, but what i liked about it was that you could really intensify the garlic flavor in a dish, without adding a load of sodium. So my entire family could eat whatever we seasoned the Garlic-Magic! with, and anyone who wanted additional salt could add it to their own dish. I also liked that it didn’t leave a bad aftertaste or unsettled feeling. Garlic (for me at least) sometimes causes indigestion, and this spice left me feeling good afterwards. I sprinkled it on shrimp and broccoli with a little butter for a nice tasty, salt free, low carb dish!

Next, the Onion- Magic! My mother actually took this one from me she liked it so much (thief!!!). We sprinkled it in mashed potatoes, and then used it on home fries. It was good!! It smelled delicious when it was cooking, and had a pleasant onion flavor, without being salty or overpowering.

Lastly, we tried the 5 Herb- Magic! Again, it was salt free! We sprinkled this one on chicken breast (ugh…I am so SICK of chicken breast! Gotta keep it interesting, right??) I thought it was a great compliment to the chicken. It had a strong flavor from the herbs, but was not overpowering in the slightest. This particular spice blend had rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme and marjoram. I am 100% unsure what marjoram is, but it sounds pretty cool, so there you go 😉

Overall, I think these are worth a try, especially if you have to watch your salt intake. As a total, I give them 4 star rating.

[Below is Nutritional Information for the Garlic-Magic! spice]


26 Jan 2011, Comments (1)

Cosi Fire-Roasted Veggie Sandwich

Author: Healthnuttxo

My first RESTAURANT review! I don’t eat out much, but when I do, I want something that’s not only tasty, but healthy too!

Yesterday I went to Cosi for dinner, and ordered a Fire-Roasted Veggie Sandwich on whole grain bread and had it warmed up as well. There was the option of chips or carrots on the side, and I chose the carrots-nothing like a side of veggies to go with my veggies! ; )  I believe my total came out to around $8.05, which  I don’t think was that bad since it was a pretty large sandwich.

Considering my excellent photography skills, here’s what it looked like both open and closed. Apologies for nearly cutting off half of the sandwich..


I wasn’t really sure how to approach this, so I ate it open-faced with a fork.  I tore off a piece of bread first and took a bite. Mmmmm. Now this is how bread should taste!! It was hard and crunchy on the outside, tasting kind of like a cracker, and then had a softer, slightly chewy consistency on the inside. It was salty, in a good way, and very flavorful. Really, really tasty.

Moving on to the actual sandwich part rather than being the carb queen I am and loving the bread (typical…), the veggies! There was eggplant, onion, peppers, some unidentified vegetables (a pickle?? I wasn’t sure what one of them were) and then a few shreds of fresh lettuce. I thought the lettuce was awkward. Why fresh lettuce? It was good, but not super crisp, probably because I asked for my sandwich warm. Anyway- I tried the eggplant first, and well, I wasn’t a fan. It was chewy and moist, but just not my style. The peppers were okay- not quite tender so they still had that crunch and bite to them, but fresh tasting. My favorite, ironically because I usually don’t like them, was the onions! They were sweet, very soft, and very flavorful.

Lastly, on the delicious bread was a delicious cheesy spread. Oh soooo good! It was salty, creamy and had a white cheddar cheese flavor to it. I was tempted to ask for a Fire-Roasted Veggie Sandwich with only the bread, the cheese, and the onions for next time. But I guess that would be kind of like ordering a loaded baked potato with no toppings. Whatever.

I’d give this a 4 star overall.

I got the nutritional information from the website for the sandwich on Rustic Bread.

1 sandwich (9 oz) is 324 calories, 8 grams of fat, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar and 11 grams of protein.

have you ever eaten at Cosi? What is your favorite thing to get?

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