Do you make your own spice mixes, or do you buy pre-packed ones?
Whether you choose one or the other, spices enhance the taste of your meals and bring out the flavour in your food. It’s the deciding factor between a bland and boring meal and something rich, flavourful and delicious.
We love to use a combination of spices in our kitchens and add to meals like stews, soups, meats and fish, or even salad dressings.
But all in all, making your own spice mixes tends to be a healthier choice then store bought, because a) you know what’s going in it, and b) you can avoid harmful additives, preservatives, and chemicals.
HOMEMADE SPICE MIXES ARE ALSO BENEFICIAL BECAUSE:
They limit the harmful effects of cooking methods. Certain cooking methods and foods naturally produce harmful substances called food mutagens. Examples include: Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) produced from burned, overcooked, well-done meats and BBQ’s; and Acrylamide formed from frying, toasting and burning of starch-rich foods like potatoes and bread. However, marinating the food or adding anti-oxidant her and spice mixes greatly reduces their harmful effects on our body.
Help minimize gas and Bloating. If you experience a lot of stomach upset or gas, cumin is the perfect addition to your meal as it helps to relieve bloating and even diarrhea. It posses anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and little known blood sugar balancing properties. Cumin is also anti-fungal and that helps to preserve your food for longer.
They add flavour and feeling of satiety. Have you noticed that when you eat out, food is mostly flavoured with salt or MSG that leaves you craving more, bloated and thirsty? Because, the flavours in this mix are so aromatic and satisfying you do not need to use as much salt and their taste will leave you satisfied without the bloat.
Moroccan Spice Mix
We love to use a combination of spices and this one is a staple in our kitchens. It is so versatile and can be add to stews, soups, meats and fish.
- 6 tsp cumin
- 4 tsp paprika
- 4 tsp turmeric
- 3 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Mix all the ingredients and use right away or store left-overs in a tightly sealed jar. You can double or triple this recipe.
- When you want to use the mix, take 1 Tbsp at a time and gradually add small amount of water until it forms a paste, or toss your chicken, meat etc. in 1 Tbsp of the mix.
FAJITA SPICE MIX
Spice up your fajitas with this healthy homemade spice mix.
- 4 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp coconut sugar or cane sugar
- 1/2 tsp cayenne optional, adds bite
- 1/2 tsp cumin
Add everything to an air proof container and mix thoroughly.
DRY BBQ SPICE MIX
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar or cane sugar
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp smoked paprika or chipotle chili powder
Add everything to an air proof container and mix thoroughly
CREOLE/ CAJUN SPICE MIX
- 1.5 Tbsp smoked paprika
- 4 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 3 tsp dried thyme
- 1.5 tsp red pepper flakes
- 3 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp cayenne optional, adds heat
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 3 tsp sea salt
- Add everything to an air proof container and mix thoroughly.