A Superb Spice Cabinet

A really great, well stocked spice cabinet is probably the most important thing when you want to cook yummy healthy meals for your family. The main reason spices and herbs are so important is because they offer flavor and variety to your meals for almost no calories, even when you’re using the same basic ingredients. If you have 10 pounds of beef, chicken, or pork in your freezer, you can take the meat anywhere in the world as long as you have the right spices. Now that doesn’t mean you need 800 different herbs and spices. Buy the basics and then make your own blends. I use to buy packets of “taco seasoning” every time I made Mexican food, but after living in Germany I’ve learned that making taco seasoning at home is way cheaper and way tastier. Here is a list of basic herbs and spices that you can make almost any herb/spice blend with, and I’ve also included my favorite spice blend recipes!

Spices

  • cumin
  • cayenne pepper
  • paprika
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • black pepper
  • white pepper
  • tumeric
  • nutmeg (I prefer whole nuts)
  • cinammon
  • allspice
  • cloves
  • star anise
  • fennel seeds
  • ground ginger
  • coriander
  • caraway
  • red pepper flakes
  • mustard
  • szechwan peppercorns
  • saffron (optional, it’s expensive)

 

Dried Herbs

  • oregano
  • thyme
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • dill
  • bay leaves
  • sage
  • parsley
  • margoran

 

Easy Spice Mixes


As previously stated, pre-mixing spice blends is a great way to save time and money in the kitchen. It is also great because you can completely control the amount of sodium going into your family’s food. Here, I’ve collected 5 of my most used spice mixes. Taco seasoning is great in most Mexican dishes like tacos, fajitas, or chimichangas. It also works well in chilli. Herbs de provence goes well on potatoes, chicken, and everything French. Chinese five spice is wonderful on any meat in a stirfry. Curry is a really well known spice mix, and it works in a lot more than you think. I put curry powder in a pumpkin soup once and it was AMAZING. Cajun seasoning is also great on any meat and can be thrown into gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice. And of course pumpkin spice can be put in everything from your coffee to your toothpaste. If you have any requests for another spice mix recipe, just let me know!

Spicey Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

 

Herbs de Provence

  • 1 tbsp Rosemary
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Basil
  • 1 tbsp Marjoram
  • 1 tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 Bay Leaf

 

Chinese 5 Spice

  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Ground Fennel
  • 1 tbsp Ground Star Anise
  • 1 tbsp Ground Szechwan Peppercorns

 

Curry Powder

  • 2 tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tbsp Coriander
  • 1 tbsp Tumeric
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

 

Cajun Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Salt

 

Pumpkin Spice

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground bourborn vanilla (optional)