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Spicing Up Your Meals.


Herbs and spices are what bring life and variety to your meals. With the correct seasoning, any food can taste delicious. You can bring different cuisines and flavours into your kitchen by simply having the right spices in your cupboard. Spicing up your meals with herbs and spices is easy and heres some that you should definitely consider using and which foods to pair them with.



Cumin is a staple spice in Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is one of the main spices in taco seasoning, curry, and falafels. Cumin has a beautiful earthy flavour that works well with meat and fish, but you can also pair it with black beans or chickpeas.

Add some cumin to your meals like this PBC (Paleo Baked Chicken) recipe.


Smoked Paprika

Trust me— there’s a big difference between smoked and regular paprika. The smoky flavour gives this spice a rich aroma that pairs well with just about any meat or vegetable. Use it on your potatoes, roasted veggies, beans, poultry/tofu— you name it. You can also add some smoked paprika to your omelets for extra flavour. 

Try using this herb in my Smokey Baked Eggs recipe.



Cinnamon is the perfect spice to add flavour to your sweet dishes and desserts. It instantly sweetens the meal without adding any sugar. The spice itself is sweet, spicy, and warm. Try adding cinnamon to your baking, morning oats, or parfaits. Cinnamon also pairs perfectly with apples.

For a delicious sqeet snack try my Cinnamon Macadamia‘s recipe.


Chili Flakes

If you like a bit of heat, chili is the perfect spice to add to your pantry. This spice pairs well with just about everything. Cuisines all over the world use chili, from Italian to South American. Add this spice to your pizzas, pasta, tacos, soups, or eggs — the options are endless. Keep in mind that chili powder is usually mixed with other spices, such as cumin, and it may not taste the same as chili flakes.

If you like a little heat (adaptable) try my Chili Con Carne recipe.



Parsley is a powerful herb. Fresh parsley is high in micronutrients, such as vitamin A, E, K, and C. Parsley is diverse and primarily used in Middle Eastern and European cuisine. You can garnish almost any meat, poultry, or fish with parsley. This herb goes well with any dish that has lemon or citrus. You can make tabbouleh salad or season your roasted veggies with it.

Check out my Steak Diane Sauce recipe.



Fresh basil will add tremendous flavour to your Italian and Mediterranean dishes. You can use dried basil as well, but fresh herbs always have more flavour. This herb pairs well with pasta dishes (especially with tomato sauce), most vegetables, and even watermelon. You can also make pesto with fresh basil and add it to your sandwiches or wraps.

Try my dairy free Basil & Spinach Pesto recipe.



Rosemary is a staple herb, whether it’s fresh or dried. It has a woody, minty taste that instantly adds a Mediterranean feel to your dishes. Rosemary pairs flawlessly with roasted potatoes, lamb, chicken, and fish. It also pairs well with other herbs, such as thyme and parsley. Don’t use too much as the flavour is quite strong.

Check out these hummus recipes including the Beet Hummus using rosemary.



Thyme is used in a variety of cuisines and dishes. It has a floral, earthy taste similar to rosemary, but it also has citrus notes (especially if you use lemon thyme). You can add thyme to almost any savory dish, but it pairs best with vegetables, potatoes, chicken, beef, and lamb.

Try my recipe for a Clean Italian Seasoning.


There are so many amazing herbs and spices that can really add so much flavour to your meals and have incredible health benefits. My herb drawer boasts 50+ spices!! No meal has to be boring when we have so many options and hopefully some of these recipes give you some inspiration that can have you spicing up your meals with herbs and spices too.



Posted by Evolved Nutrition and Naturopathy

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