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6 DIY Spices to Spice up any Meal




Spices are the key element that is needed to turn a meal that is blah, plain, ordinary, or tasteless into a meal that is scrumptious, flavorful, soulful, or down right delicious.




If you grew up with only flavoring your food with salt and pepper then you may feel overwhelmed by understanding what spices pair well together, what actually brings more flavor instead of just being loaded down with salt, and what is just hype. 


For example, I see so many beautifully decorated spice jars sold at exorbitant prices because it’s named something like the Italian Job and when you look on the back label it’s only a mixture of salt, basil, and oregano. That is something you could easily mix yourself for half the price and make a high volume then what is being sold in those tiny jars.



So here is a list of recipes for some of my favorite spice combinations. You can store then in an air tight canister in your pantry and they last for about 4 years. They also make beautiful customized presents, you can rename the spices, such as turning the Italian Job into: *insert family name* Italian Specialty.



1. Savory Salt Free Spice


Uses: This is a great all purpose spice that an really needs used to flavor any savory dish and it’s salt free.


1 Tbsp Parsley 

1.5 Tbsp Paprika

  1.5 Tbsp Chili Powder

2 Tbsp Black Pepper

2 Tbsp Onion Powder

2 Tbsp Garlic Powder


2. Perfect Pumpkin Pie Spice


Uses: Perfect for making pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, add to coffee for a PSL, and other pumpkin sweet treats.


.5 Tsp Nutmeg

.5 Tsp All Spice

.5 Tsp Ground Cloves

2 Tsp Ginger

1 Tbsp Cinnamon 


3. Easy Everything Bagel Seasoning 


Uses: Great to season avocado toast, eggs (including vegan eggs), and great on top of a salad.


1.5 Tsp Course Salt

1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds (black & white)

1 Tbsp Minced Dried Onion

1 Tbsp Minced Dried Garlic 


4. Fantastic French Fry Seasoning 


Uses: For a delicious seasoned French Fry, baked potato, and even used for flavoring a burger patty.


.5 Tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 Tsp Black Pepper

1.5 Tsp Salt

2 Tsp Onion Powder 

2 Tsp Garlic Pepper

2 Tsp Paprika 


5. The real Italian Job


Uses: Soups, Pizza, and Pasta dishes.


.5 Tbsp Thyme

.5 Tbsp Rosemary 

1 Tbsp Garlic Powder

1.5 Tbsp Oregano 

1.5 Tbsp Basil


6. Amazing All Purpose Spice


Uses: A great spice to add to just about everything, just remember it does have salt!


.5 Tbsp Sea Salt

1.5 Tbsp Garlic Powder

1.5 Tbsp Onion Powder

1.5 Tbsp Black Pepper






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