Spices help add flavor to our foods while cutting back on the amount of sodium/salt in our foods. Here are a few substitutions to try when adding flavor to many of your favorite foods.
Cumin is traditionally used in Mexican dishes. This spice comes from the Mediterranean region, which means it pairs well with many Italian, Spanish, and Greek dishes.
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Curry comes in a variety of spice mixtures. Regions incorporate a mix of different spices like turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and cayenne powders to create a curry blend. Hot curry blends can add spice to grilled chicken, baked summer squash, or pasta.
Nutmeg is known for adding spice to many sweet dishes. However, it is a great addition to many savory dishes as well. Try it mixed in a baked cauliflower recipe or add it a fillet of fish. A little goes a long way with this spice; start with 1/8 teaspoon in your dish.
Just a reminder: Start with a small amount of a spice and only increase the amount of spice you add to a dish by 1 1/2 times. Try starting with 1/4 teaspoon for most ground spices. You might start with less if you are adding in a hot or strong spice like cayenne, red chili peppers, cloves, nutmeg, or peppercorns!