As someone who follows a strict gluten-free diet, I have to cook at home … a lot. But if I made the same boring meals week after week, well, I’d be bored. My secret to eating with gluten-free joy is by adding spice. After all, variety is the spice of life!
The Savory Spice Shop takes this motto to heart by providing a variety of fresh ground spices and handcrafted seasonings. In fact, I learned that all the spices at the Savory Spice Shop are ground weekly to ensure ultimate freshness. I also learned that Savory Spice Shop has more than 160 spice blends, each handcrafted at its warehouse in Denver. All the spices at the Savory Spice Shop are gluten-free (the way they should be!) and the only products in the store that may contain gluten are prepackaged items that they carry but do not make themselves.
Because all the wonderful spices at Savory Spice Shop are gluten-free, I felt right at home here. I didn’t have to scrutinize every label for hidden gluten, nor did I have to question what kinds of fillers and unnatural ingredients were in these spices. These spices are the real deal. I was feeling free… like a gluten-free girl in a gluten-free candy shop!
Before I continue, I want to mention that the Savory Spice Shop provided me with a giftcard to use at their store in exchange for this post. I am a huge fan of Savory’s spices, so you should note that this post is 100% authentic to me. In fact, I’m over the moon excited to share the Savory Spice Shop with my readers.
The closest Savory Spice Shop to my house is located in the historic downtown Littleton community (2650 W. Main St. Littleton, CO). The store is nestled between a variety of cute shops that adorn the city’s Main St. This is the perfect location for this charming spice shop to call home. (Note there are other locations listed on the website.)
My daughter and I had a mission to visit the shop, shop for spices, and cook up a delicious dish for dinner. I didn’t know what I was going to make yet; I just knew I was going to make something with whatever spice tempted me most.
As I entered the spice shop, I took a deep breath. A sorts of amazing spices wafted through the air. I was getting hungry!
We visited each section of the store. The shop is divided into “spice” categories such as Grilling & BBQ, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East and Everyday Essentials, etc. If you need a particular spice, this store has one for you!
The only issue is that I suddenly felt overwhelmed with choices! What to taste, what to smell and what to ultimately buy? A plethora of thoughts – and scents – whirled through my head.
My daughter brought me back to Earth, as she was anxious to sample the spices that awaited her. Did I mention that you can taste test all the spices before you buy them? Where else do you get to do this?
We had so much fun tasting a variety of spices – and we were thankful for the water stand nearby so we could cleanse our palates, especially after tasting some of the spicy ones.
Ultimately we settled in on three spice blends we enjoyed most:
- Peruvian Chili Lime Seasoning (just the perfect amount of hotness, this seasoning is one I anticipate using a lot and what I use below to make a chili-lime cauliflower rice recipe!)
- The Q Steak Rub (a great blend of salt, pepper and other steak spices.)
- Pyramid Peak Lemon Pepper (this smelled so perfect and had just the right amount of lemon tang, we couldn’t resist!)
I also purchased some dried shallots (I’ve never seen dried shallots before so I got excited to try them), garlic powder (because I can always use it!) and dried parsley (because I was out and needed more).
Something cool I learned about the Savory Spice Shop is that you can refill your spice jars at a decent discount. For example, the Pyramid Peak Lemon Pepper is $6.85 for a medium bottle. To refill the bottle, you pay only $5.80. Reusing your spice bottles not only saves you money, but also is good for the environment. Nice job Savory Spice Shop!
So instead of buying your conventional spices at the grocery store, and risking the addition of fillers and preservatives (and gluten!), spice things up and purchase them instead at your local Savory Spice Shop. I’m in the process of switching all my seasonings to the fresh finds at Savory Spice Shop.
If you can’t get to a Savory Spice Shop or there isn’t one located near you, just shop online and they will take good care of you. I promise you won’t be disappointed with whatever you choose!
Gluten-Free Chili-Lime Cauliflower Rice Recipe
And now without further ado, I want to share with you the recipe I concocted using the Peruvian Chili Lime seasoning I purchased at the Savory Spice Shop. The recipe is for Chili Lime Cauliflower Rice.
I’ve made cauliflower rice many times, but I have to say, adding this chili-lime seasoning really spiced up this once nondescript dish. My kids couldn’t get enough of this delicious “rice,” which made me feel so good that I was feeding my kids something so healthy, delicious and full of spice!
Here is the complete recipe for gluten-free chili-lime cauliflower rice – enjoy!
- Florets from 1 large cauliflower, stems removed and discarded
- 1 medium white or yellow onion
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 1 Tbsp. avocado oil or other oil of choice
- 2 Tbsp. Peruvian Chili Lime spice (or use similar chili powder or taco seasoning as option)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 lime wedges
- Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Pulse a handful of florets at a time in your food processor. Do not over crowd food processor. The cauliflower should be finely chopped (like rice) but not mushy. Work in batches until all the cauliflower is in small rice-like bits. Set aside.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
Chop onion into large chunks and place in food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add onions to pan and saute until soft and translucent, approximately 3 minutes.
While onions are cooking, add garlic cloves to food processor and pulse until finely chopped into tiny bits. Add garlic to onions and cook for another minute until fragrant.
Add chili lime seasoning and combine well. Cook for another 30 seconds.
Add cauliflower rice and continue to stir every 1 minute or more until cauliflower is just about fully cooked and soft (about 5-6 minutes). Do not overcook. Taste test to get the consistency you like.
Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
Remove pan from heat. Squeeze 1 lime wedge over the rice and stir. Taste and decide if you want to squeeze the second wedge (depends on your taste).
Top with fresh cilantro (optional) and serve immediately.