We’ll eat grilled chicken and a side of seasonal veggies for dinner that night, and then I’ll use the leftovers throughout the week on salads, in soup or on sandwiches. That way there’s always something easy and healthy to grab from the fridge when we don’t have time to cook and sit down for a proper meal, thanks to our busy schedules.
To keep this routine interesting and my tastebuds from getting too bored, I like to experiment with different seasonings and rubs. I bet you know where this is going, and yes: I did use tea as a seasoning! Adding a couple of tablespoons of loose-leaf tea to my regular seasoning resulted in a completely new flavour!
To use tea as a basic seasoning rub, combine 2 tablespoons of loose-leaf tea with 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper (more or less to taste) plus other spices and herbs as desired. Mash ’em together using a mortar and pestle, or blend in a blender! Drizzle meat with olive oil, rub on the seasoning, and grill, fry or bake as you usually would.
Try these combinations:
- Green Lemon Tea + the zest of 1/2 a lemon + salt & pepper
- Ginger Sencha Herbal Tea + garlic powder + salt & pepper + a dash of cayenne pepper
- Mango City Tea Blend + 1 tbsp brown sugar + salt & pepper + a dash of cayenne pepper
- Energizer-Kapha Tea Blend + dried basil + red pepper flakes + salt & pepper
- Spice Route Oolong Chai Tea + salt & pepper (Bonus yum: this chicken on a salad paired so well with this Oolong Balsamic Vinaigrette!)
What other combinations would you try? Leave us a suggestion in the comments!