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DYI Spice Blends
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!
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Cajun Spice Blend 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 Blend 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 Blend 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 Pepper 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 powder 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 Blend 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 Seasoning 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 Seasoning 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 Blend 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.