March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating. It is also the time of year when the Academy celebrates expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts.
Experiment with your own favorite blend of herbs and spices for all sorts of great rubs. You don't need a recipe; just combine flavors that taste good together. Use rubs on tender cuts of meat, poultry and fish. To apply the rub, gently press the mixture onto the surface of the meat prior to cooking. Flavors usually become more pronounced the longer the seasoning is on the meat.
Here are few rub recipes to get you started.
Citrus rub: Combine grated lemon, orange and/or lime peel with minced garlic and cracked pepper.
Pepper-garlic rub: Combine garlic powder, cracked black pepper and cayenne pepper.
Italian rub: Combine fresh or dried oregano, basil and rosemary with minced Italian parsley and garlic.
Herb rub: Combine fresh or dried marjoram, thyme and basil.