DYI Spice Blends

On July 6th, 2016, posted in: Tips, Uncategorized by 0 Comment

Here is something we thought you might be interested in!

Need to add some spice to your life? So here is a spice blend recipe sheet that you can download, print and stick to your fridge!

Just click on the image below to Download a PDF of the cheat sheet!

DYI Spice Blends   

Cajun Spice Blendgrilled-cajun-Chicken-breast
2 Tbsp cumin
2 Tbsp coriander
2 Tbsp paprika
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp black pepper
Cayenne pepper to taste (you can go as high as you want here—the more you add, the hotter it will be)
1 Tbsp dried oregano
This spice blend is great on grilled chicken, tofu, or even salads.

Greek Spice Blend1-veggie
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp pepper
1 ½ tsp dried parsley
1 ½ tsp dried rosemary
1 ½ tsp dried thyme
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Good for Greek salads, when roasting vegetables with olive oil, or in hummus.

Pumpkin Pie Spice BlendPumpkin-Spice-Oatmeal-1
1/4 cup ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp all spice
1 tsp ground cloves
Some fun uses for this blend are: in oatmeal, on yogurt, or even on a peanut butter sandwich with sliced bananas.

Lemon Pepperlemon-pepper-chicken
Zest from 3 lemons
2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp salt
This is great on chicken, on salads, or on popcorn.

Curry Blend
2 Tbsp cumin powderCurry-Powder-Spices
2 Tbsp ground coriander
2 Tbsp turmeric
1 ½ tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
I’d recommend using this any time you want to give dishes an Indian flair.

Italian Spice BlendItalianPastaSalad-1
2 Tsbp dried basil
2 Tsbp dried oregano
1 Tsbp dried thyme
1 Tsbp dried rosemary
1 Tsbp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
This is perfect for lasagna or pasta dishes—and it even works well on sautéed vegetables with fresh garlic.

Chili SeasoningBad-Jacks-Chili-Soup-Chili
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp regular paprika
1 tsp smoked paprika (or use 2 tsp regular paprika if you can’t find smoked)
This blend is an easy way to spice up chili recipes—or any southwestern dish, really.


Taco SeasoningAll American Beef Taco
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 ½ tsp onion powder
1 ½ tsp garlic powder
½ tps cayenne pepper
½ tsp black pepper (optional)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp oregano
In addition to using this for taco meat, you can also mix it into refried beans, use it to flavor enchiladas, or stir it into Greek yogurt as a substitute for a “spicy sour cream.”

Indian Sweet Spice Blendcurry-powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp hing (a.k.a. Asafoetida; find it online or at Indian markets)
1/2 tsp turmeric
Salt to taste (no more than 3/4 tsp)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
This works great as a base for sautéed vegetables, in lentil soup, or any Indian stew. Just fry the spices in 1 Tbsp olive oil until the seeds make a “popping” sound, add your vegetables/lentils/etc. into the pan, and heat until the food is cooked through.


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