Spice It Up!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Woman cooking

Eating healthier doesn’t mean that you have to eat foods with no flavor. Trying different spices is a great way to maintain food flavor without adding extra fat, calories, and sodium.

Try these out:

  • The usual suspects: Black pepper, garlic, onion, oregano

  • Need something sweet? Try cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg

  • Want some zing? Try ginger, cumin, curry, or chipotle

  • Thinking something milder? Try rosemary, sage, or parsley

Pre-made spice blends that you might purchase at the grocery store can have a lot of sodium (salt). Making your own is a great way to avoid loading up on extra salt. Try one of the spice blends below or come up with something on your own. It’ll be like a party for your taste buds!

Barbecue Rub ~ Great on your favorite meat, poultry, and tofu dishes or as an addition to pre-made condiments like ketchup.

  • Black pepper, cayenne, chili peppers, cumin, garlic, nutmeg, onion, paprika

  • Mix together in a small bowl or plastic bag.

Bay Blend ~ Great for seafood!

  • All spice, bay leaves, black pepper, cardamom, cayenne, celery salt, chili peppers, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, mustard powder, paprika

  • Grind together using a spice grinder, coffee grinder, or blender.

Bundle of Herbs ~ Great for roasts and meals you make in your slow cooker.

  • Basil, bay leaf, black peppercorns, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme

  • Wrap fresh herbs in cheesecloth and drop in your roasting dish or slow cooker.

Cajun Seasoning ~ If you want to spice it up!

  • Basil, bay leaf, black pepper, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, fennel, garlic, marjoram, mustard seeds, nutmeg, onion powder, oregano, paprika, parsley, sea salt, thyme

  • Grind together using a spice grinder, coffee grinder, or blender.

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