Monday, February 13, 2017

Spice up Your Life with Spice Mixes! (3 recipes to save your life, time, and money)

Dr Michael Greger's book, How Not to Die, has most influenced my family's diet and the recommendations I give in my practice by encouraging the use of many SPICES throughout the day, everyday! We eat veggies for their vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, and ANTIOXIDANTS! It turns out that SPICES contains loads more ANTIOXIDANTS than most veggies! FUN FACT: coffee is the top source of antioxidants for Americans!



SPICES flavorfully replace salt, AND fill us with an abundance of antioxidants! FLAVORS in foods indicate nutrient richness in the same way COLORFUL foods indicate nutrient abundance. The superfood sweet potato is much brighter and flavorful than a white potato, which lacks nutrient richness.

  • One great way to add lots of spices to your life is through spice MIXES. 
  • Save TIME by measuring one mixture when cooking, rather than various individual spices. 
  • Save MONEY because prepared mixes charge you extra $ for the convenience they provide. There is a super selection of individual, organic spices at Whole Foods Market
  • You gain QUALITY by avoiding extra chemicals, preservatives, bulking agents, salt, and other junk found in prepared mixes. 
  • Additionally, the bulk spices I use are ORGANIC! Amazingly, organic homemade seasoning mixes are much cheaper than alternatives that often aren't even organic! 
  • Finally, these mixes have superior TASTE!


Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 c organic cinnamon
1/2 c organic ginger
1/2 c organic nutmeg
1/4 c organic cloves
1/4 c organic allspice

1/2 c basil
1/2 c oregano
1/4 c marjoram
1/4 c garlic
1/4 c thyme
1/4 c rosemary
1/4 c black pepper
1/8 c crushed red pepper

1/2 c each of oregano, cumin, garlic, and paprika
1/4 c each of cayenne, onion, and black pepper
1/8 c of unsweetened cocoa

I am so very grateful that some blessed soul introduced me to the amazing Richa Hingle, and her outstanding gold mine of a website, www.veganricha.com! I just cannot wait to savor her entire website, and I even imagine buying her cookbook (and I don't use or own many cookbooks)!


Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen

Richa shares an Indian spice mix (which I haven't tried yet) called Panch Phoran, as well as a recipe for, and other information about, Garam Masala! But really, while these mixes are fitting for the post, they are not even the tip of the iceberg for all that I want to try! Yum, and thank you, Richa!





Try ITALIAN SEASONING!
Penne Italiana   
Easy Eggplant "Parm"   
Tricky Traditional Lasagna   
Meatless Meatballs   
Hearty Lentil Stew

Try PUMPKIN PIE SPICE!
Spicy Ginger Latte
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Creamy Carrot Soup
Jamaican Ginger Cake

Try DIY TACO SPICE MIX!
Lentil Tacos
Tamale Pie
Avocado Quesadillas
Mexican Lasagna
Tofu Scramble

OR you can try one of these spice mixes for a quick breakfast or snack, using the EASIEST COUSCOUS PREPARATION!



Mexican Couscous = 1/2 c couscous + 1/4 tsp taco spice + black beans + diced tomato
Other add-ins: bell peppers, red onion, frozen corn

Pumpkin Couscous = 1/2 c couscous + 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice + sliced banana
Other add-ins: nuts, raisins, berries

Italian Couscous = 1/2 c couscous + 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning + diced tomato
Other add-ins: white beans, greens, hemp seed

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