Thursday, November 10, 2011

Spice it Up!

Because nutritarians do not rely on meat or oil to flavor their food, they must depend more heavily on spices to create delectable, tantalizing appeal. One trick to creating appetizing dishes is to have a variety of spice mixes on hand that can be sprinkled on any meal to perk up the flavor. Below are uses and recipes for various spice combinations. (all spices in the recipes are in ground rather than whole form) You can tweak the ratios to your own tastes. Spices are available in bulk from places like Penzeys Spices, or My Spice Sage.

Spice Mix
Liquids to pair with
Related spices
Old World
Savory, aromatic
Squash, “Poultry” or “sausage” dishes, clear broth soups
Apple cider, vegetable broth
Poultry seasoning, stuffing spices
Make into a “sausage” seasoning by adding allspice and red pepper flakes
New World
Full-flavored, meaty
Grilled or roasted vegetables, stews
Broth, fruit juices, tomato sauces
Grilling mix

Warm, fragrant
Lentils, sweet potatoes, African & Middle-eastern dishes
Orange juice, tomato juice, broth
Garam Masala
Pumpkin Spice

Spicy, stimulating
Beans & rice, tomato-based dishes
Tomato juice, vegetable juice
Chili seasoning, Cajun spice
Make Jamaican by addition of allspice, thyme & dried hot peppers
Sweet, rich
Curries, Thai cooking, stir-fries
Coconut milk, pineapple juice
Curry powder

Appetizing, satisfying.
Pastas, vegetables soups
Tomato sauce
Italian Seasoning

Old World Spice Mix
2 Tb. each: thyme, sage, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, basil, garlic, onion
1 Tb. black pepper, tarragon, savory

New World Spice Mix
2 Tb. each: rosemary, marjoram, oregano, basil, parsley, thyme, onion, garlic
1 Tb. each: black pepper, paprika, chili powder

Moroccan Mix
2 Tb. each: cumin, coriander
1 Tb. each: cardamom, allspice
1/2 Tb. each: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg
1 tsp. each: cloves, pepper (red or black)

Caribbean Mix
2 Tb. chili powder
1 Tb. cumin
1 1/2 Tb. paprika, black pepper
1 tsp. each onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano
1/2 tsp. cayenne, optional

Asian/Island Mix
2 Tb. coriander
1 Tb. each: turmeric, fenugreek
1/2 Tb. each: cumin, ginger, pepper (black or red)
1 tsp. each: cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, ground mustard

Renaissance Mix
2 Tb. each oregano, basil, rosemary, parsley
1/2 Tb. each onion, garlic, thyme, savory

To your health and happiness,

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