Category: Vegetables

Lemon Thyme Balsamic Roasted Asparagus Spears


Roasting vegetables is really the ultimate way of bringing out the best flavor in your garden favorites in the healthiest way. The oven method brings out the sweet notes of the vegetables naturally; using a cooking technique referred to as caramelized. The result is a golden crisp outside with a tenderness on the inside. There are a few tips to keep in mind when roasting: Chop or trim your vegetables equally in size. Next, arrange your vegetables evenly in a single layer onto a baking sheet so they roast evenly. For this recipe I am using olive oil and a good quality balsamic vinegar. Infused olive oils are also a good choice to use as you can pair a variety of flavors with different vegetables. Our Lemon-Thyme Finishing Salt gives a light and delicate flavor to the dish and pairs nicely with any green vegetable.

Lemon Thyme Balsamic Roasted Asparagus Spears

• 1 lb. Asparagus
• 1 T. olive oil
• 1 T. balsamic vinegar
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 2 tsp. Zesty Moose Lemon Thyme Finishing Salt

Prepare the Asparagus:

To remove the woody ends, gently bend the end of one asparagus spear


until it snaps.


Line up the entire bunch on a cutting board and using the snapped piece as a guide, cut off remaining woody stems and discard. Gently wash under cold water and drain thoroughly.

Suace Before
In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and the minced garlic clove. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray using a non-stick cooking spray.

Sauce After

Place asparagus into a bowl and toss with the olive oil, vinegar and garlic, until fully coated. Season the spears with the Zesty Moose Lemon Thyme Finishing Salt.


Place asparagus in a single layer onto the baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, turning the spears one time.


Plate and serve.

Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes

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Lemon-Thyme Brussels Sprouts


For years I have always called them brussel sprouts only to find out recently that they are indeed Brussels Sprouts; Brussels with an s that is! My husband always referred to them as sulfur bombs and we never liked them until I realized that placing them into a boiling pot of water isn’t conductive to achieving great flavor. Roasting them however, creates a caramelized finish on the outside with a tender finish on the inside. Roasting them also brings out their deep nutty flavor. In fact, I’ve seen roasted brussels sprouts convert more than one avowed brussels sprouts-hater into a brussels sprout-lover, and I am one of them! This simple and decadent side dish is the perfect addition to serve with your holiday meal! I suggest using fresh sprouts, but the frozen ones will work for this as well. The Lemon-Thyme Salt added to the flavor and really gave a nice finish to the dish!

Lemon-Thyme Brussels Sprouts

2 lbs. fresh or frozen brussels sprouts, thawed and halved
3 T. butter
2 T. olive oil, more as needed
3 green onions, sliced
1 tsp. lemon juice
Zesty Moose Lemon-Thyme Finishing Salt



In Pan

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the brussels sprouts in the oil for 10-12 minutes or until tender.


Add the butter and continue cooking until brussels sprouts are caramelized. The butter is necessary for a caramelized finish. Add the green onions and lemon juice. Generously season to taste using The Zesty Moose Lemon-Thyme Finishing Salt. Cook 1 minute longer and serve.


Total Time: 22 Min.
Prep Time 10 Min.
Cook Time: 12 Min.

Yields: 5 Servings

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Chipotle Cream Style Corn


Corn is at the peak of it’s Season right now in Colorado and Olathe grows some of the sweetest and freshest corn known around here as, Olathe Sweet Corn! In fact each Year in August, the Town of Olathe celebrates the Community’s Agricultural Jewel by hosting a Sweet Corn Festival! The corn…. “All You Can Eat For Free!” I love seeing all of the planted fields and acres  filled with endless rows of green corn stalks rustling in the wind. I rush to the market; buying ears by the pound! Generally, we like to grill, season and serve, but I decided to change up the flavor, by creating a recipe for Cream-Style Corn. When most people think of cream corn they envision the stuff that comes in a can. This is Nothing like that as cream-style corn is made with freshly scraped corn, butter, cream and seasoning. I used our Chipotle Herb n’ Cheddar Blend as the seasoning of choice. The key to delicious cream-style corn is in the grilling or roasting of the corn first, so don’t skip this step! The sweet and smoky flavor of this cream-style corn is the perfect Summer side dish to any meal!

Chipotle Cream Style Corn

4 ears of corn
2 T. flour
2 T. unsalted butter
½ C. cheddar cheese, shredded
2 T. cilantro, chopped
1 C. heavy cream
½ C. milk
4 tsp. Zesty Moose Chipotle Herb n’ Cheddar Blend



Cutting Corn

Stand corn on one end and using a knife, cut downward removing corn kernels from each ear.


Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat using a cooking spray. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and place corn kernels onto the baking sheet. Roast corn in the oven for 20 minutes or until corn is slightly caramelized. Turn corn frequently. Remove corn from oven and set aside.

Starting Rue

In a heavy duty skillet on medium heat, melt butter and flour.

Mixed Rue

Slowly add in the heavy cream and milk. Continue stirring and cooking until you have a thick cream sauce.

Ingedients in Rue

Add the corn, cilantro, cheese and The Zesty Moose Chipotle Herb n’ Cheddar Blend.

Corn Added

Stir until well blended and cheese has melted.


Yield: 4

Total Time: 40 Minutes
Prep Time: 10 Min.
Cook Time: 30 Min.

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Spiced Citrus n’ Honey Glazed Carrots


I love carrots, especially the little baby one’s…These beauties are so sweet; right out of the bag! I decided to pair up these orange gems with our Spiced Citrus n’ Honey Finishing Butter Blend! This recipe is worth a try…Easy, Healthy and Affordable! The dish is perfect along side any weeknight dinner, but fancy enough for a dinner party or holiday meal. You can bet this dish will be served on our Easter dinner table! If you want the kiddos to try it, you might want to entice them a bit with a little brown sugar on top. You can also add the brown sugar when finishing the glaze, right before serving!

Spiced Citrus n’ Honey Glazed Carrots


1 lb. baby carrots
4 T. prepared Spiced Citrus n’ Honey Finishing Butter
¼ C. brandy (orange juice may be used as a substitute)
black pepper to taste
brown sugar for topping (optional)



In a heavy skillet, place 2 T. of the prepared Spiced Citrus n’ Honey Finishing Butter. Place carrots into a pan on high heat and continue to stir, until carrots are caramelized in color. Remove carrots from skillet and set aside.

Reducing Glaze

Turn heat to medium and add the brandy. Allow to evaporate, then add the remainder of the prepared butter.


When butter is melted, add the carrots back to the pan, add the black pepper and cover and continue cooking for 5 minutes, until carrots are done, and glaze is thick.


Place in a serving dish and sprinkle with brown sugar.

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Carne Asada Steak & Grilled Vegetables

I came up with my own version of the traditional Carne Asada Steak Marinade this weekend. I used the Mad Moose Mexican Seasoning for this. A full flavored marinade with just a little kick of heat really takes this one over the top. I even had the neighbors asking “What’s for dinner.”

Carne Asada Steak

2 lbs. Flank Steak
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno finely minced
¼ C. chopped cilantro
2 T. lime juice
2 T. red wine vinegar
½ C. olive oil
2 T. Zesty Moose Mad Moose Mexican Seasoning
flour tortillas


In a bowl, prepare marinade using above ingredients. Place flank steak in a shallow dish and pour liquid marinade over top. Place in refrigerator and marinade for 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator 30 min. before grilling.

Place on 400 degree grill and cook 7 minutes first side and 5 minutes second side. Grilling time will depend upon the thickness of the cut. Serve with grilled vegetables and wrap inside flour tortillas. Top with guacamole and sour cream.

Serves 4

Grilled Vegetables

1 red pepper sliced into strips
1 green pepper sliced into strips
1 yellow pepper sliced into strips
1 small red onion sliced into strips


Place vegetables on aluminum foil directly on the grill or use a grilling basket. Drizzle with olive oil and season with one of The Zesty Moose Finishing salts. Drizzle some of the Carne Asada marinade over top. Grill a long side of flank steak. Fill tortillas with steak strips and grilled vegetables.

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