On countless occasions, I’ve stared blankly at my spice rack, wondering what seasonings would best complement the meal I was making.
Through experimentation and testing, I developed five simple recipes (below) that you can use to add flavor to anything — from meats and vegetables to oatmeal and pancakes. The bonus? Many herbs and spices have disease-fighting antioxidants which may help keep your heart healthy and reduce inflammation. So, toss the salt shaker and give these spice blends a try!
CUMIN: Toast cumin seeds in a dry pan to evaporate their moisture and increase their flavor. Try seasoning chicken with cumin + cayenne + coriander + garlic.
CHILE PASTE: Use this versatile paste to turn up the volume of Asian stir fries, beef, marinades, pork and sausages. Remember, a little goes a long way!
SMOKED PAPRIKA: Blend with ketchup and spread over burgers. Mix with shrimp and low-fat mayonnaise for a knock-out seafood salad sandwich!
CORIANDER: Toast coriander seeds to release their flavors. Try coriander + fish + garlic + olive oil + tomatoes.
CINNAMON: Mix with cumin or coriander to make an unexpected yet delicious spice rub; add to pancake batter and oatmeal; combine cinnamon with cardamom, cloves, coriander and black pepper to make your own garam masala.