Spice up your life

Yes yes, I admit that I enjoyed the Spice Girl’s music back in the day. If the Spice Girls felt the need to include “spice” in their band name, you should consider some for your pantry. Haha:)

Spices and herbs can make or break a recipe.  We all enjoy food that tastes good. If a recipe is not flavored correctly, it could easily ruin it.  I can’t count the number of times I have been making a recipe and the only ingredients I am lacking are a few spices or herbs.  Sometimes I will omit them and the food tastes “okay” but after cooking it with the right ingredients at a later date I can tell the difference in how much better the recipe tastes.

Spices and herbs can be expensive though. Especially when you are buying a $5 bottle of spice for a recipe that only calls for 1/8 teaspoon.  Today I have put together my list of commonly used spices.  These are spices I recommend to keep on hand at all times.  The good news is, spices last a longggggg time, years! It is worth the investment.  I recommend adding one bottle each grocery trip until you have stocked up your spice cabinet.

  • Sea Salt & Ground Pepper (I feel like this is a no brainer, but we will just put it out there anyways!;)
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend
  • Garlic Powder (Probably my most commonly used spice!)
  • Italian Seasoning (Great mixture to have on hand for quick seasoning)
  • Rosemary Leaves
  • Parsley Flakes
  • Thyme Leaves
  • Dill
  • Basil Leaves
  • Oregano Leaves
  • Ground Oregano
  • Onion Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Paprika
  • Old Bay (we don’t live far from the Chesapeake Bay, this is a must around these parts!)
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • All Spice
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Ground Ginger
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I know the muffin man, the muffin man

My mom actually found this recipe on Pinterest a year ago and it is hands down the best, easiest, healthiest, delicious muffin ever.  Big kudos to Amanda at RunningWithSpoons for creating this perfect recipe! These Banana Oat Greek Yogurt muffins are flourless and oil-less.  They are gluten-free.  No preservatives. My 8 month old son LOVES to eat little bites of this muffin.  And as his mother, I feel very comfortable allowing him to eat these because of the healthy ingredients. Oh yea, they also freeze nicely! I will make large batches and freeze them to pull out at a later date.  Great side dish to add to your morning breakfast if you are hosting. I have included some photos of these little bites of amazingness and will happily direct you to RunningWithSpoons blog for the recipe.  You’re welcome!


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