Here at Clean Kitchen, our spice cabinet is extensive! It has been through trial and error (with lots of error), that we have grown comfortable using a number of spices in recipes on a whim. Using spices and herbs are where the flavor comes alive in any meal. Learn how to use them and with easy spice blends, you can make any clean meal taste like a flavor bomb!
We found this handy visual list of spice combinations you can use to flavor any protein or veggie. Feel like having Greek flavors tonight? Indian? Mexican? (Thanks for the picture Women’s Health!)
Asian spices are not listed, but 5 Spice Powder, ginger, sesame seed oil, sesame seeds, salt, soy sauce or Coconut Aminos (soy sauce substitution), rice vinegar, hot pepper flakes, lemon are all common.
Need a little zing or bright “pop” in a dish?
Try some acidity! You can use any citrus juice like lime, lemon or orange. Vinegar also works very well. Some include apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, and rice vinegar. *If we are testing a new recipe, we like to use small portions of the cooked meal to see if a certain spice or vinegar will help the dish, rather than ruining the whole dish if it does not work!
We challenge you to pick 2 nights this week and use 2 different spice blends for the two meals cooked! Need some examples? Take a look at this recipe for spaghetti sauce, and this recipe for a delicious enchilada bell pepper. Happy cooking!