Using Spices in New Ways

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Quick Tip: try switching out your usual spices with spices you haven’t used before or don’t use often. A change will excite your palette and turn boring standbys into something new!

Some of my favorites include:

-Chinese 5 Spice
-garam masala

Some ideas:

-Use cardamom in place of cinnamon. Try it in oatmeal, in an apple cake, or even in savory dishes that feature fruit.

-Try Chinese 5 Spice on kale chips. (Wash and dry kale. Chop into pieces. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and 5 Spice powder. Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.)

-Put coriander on top of cauliflower before baking it.

-Give roasted carrots delicious flavor by sprinkling them with garam masala.

What are some of your favorite spices?



4 Responses to Using Spices in New Ways

  1. Sarah @ MindfullyFrugalMom October 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I just used garam masala for the first time last week. I can’t believe I had never tried it. My favorite spice is definitely nutmeg because it can go sweet or savory.

    • HealthfulMama October 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

      Have you ever tried a little nutmeg in macaroni & cheese? My mom used to always put a large pinch into the sauce (made of sharp cheeses) and it really brings out the flavor!

  2. Lisa October 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    We have Chinese 5 spice and I never know what to do with it. Thanks!

  3. Terri Babin December 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! I really need to broaden my horizons when it comes to using spices- can’t wait to give some of these a try!

    ~Terri Babin

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