Nutritionist Corner Recipe: Homemade Spice Blends


The best meals involve a great flavor combination, and well balanced flavor typically comes from herbs and spices. Lining the shelves of many grocery stores are a wide variety of spice blends. However, many of these herb and spice blends contain additives, anti-caking agents and MSG. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer that is added to some commercial spice blends. The best way to limit MSG and additives in your diet, is to eat organic.

Making your own spice blend is a fun natural way to pack flavor into your recipes. By mixing up your own flavor profile you can add more of what you love and less of what spice comes on to strong. If you have a good variety of spices on hand it’s easy to make your own blend. My favorite blends to make at home are taco seasoning, Italian seasoning and a Creole inspired mix, which is great on vegetables.
Here is a guide for how to make your own taco seasoning.

Organic Taco Seasoning

1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Chili Powder
1/4 teaspoon Clearly Organic Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Clearly Organic Crushed Red Pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Paprika
1/4 teaspoon organic oregano
1 teaspoon organic sea salt
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Black Pepper

In a bowl mix together each of the spices. Store in an air tight container for up to 6 months. This recipe makes enough to season 1 lb of taco meat. It’s best to use about 2 Tablespoons of seasoning per pound of meat depending on your taste preference.

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