If there’s one part of our kitchen we turn to the most to make our favorite dishes as delicious as can be, it’s our spice rack. Filled with a plethora of flavors and tastes, a good collection of spices is the answer to making any meal feel like a gourmet feast.
From hot paprika to smoky cumin to gentle basil, the flavor combinations are endless when you have a great collection of spices. Many spices even have substantial health benefits, acting as anti-inflammatories or adding some extra vitamins to your system. However, we do understand there’s a downside… buying up a bunch of spices that you’ll only use a couple times can add up to a hearty price tag.
Not to fret! There are a few key spices that should make up any good collection. And if you stick to these seven, you’ll be able to mix and match the flavors to create entirely new tastes. Brilliant!
Filled with antioxidants, cinnamon is a great addition to your morning fare. Great on oatmeal, yogurt, fruit or French toast, this spice adds a sweet little accent to your favorite breakfasts and desserts.
This smoky flavored spice goes well with Mexican-inspired dishes. Dump some into a pot of black beans and top with avocado and feta cheese for an amazing, simple flavor combination you’ll become addicted to!
Red pepper flakes
If you like a little spice in your meals, don’t shy away from red pepper flakes. Coming infused with an awesome kick, add these to almost anything you’d love to be just a tad spicier.
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Go for the real stuff! Freshly ground pepper and authentic sea salt are two spices you should add to almost every dish to up the flavor ante.
This spice is a total necessity if you enjoy roasted veggies. Paired well with sweet potatoes, add to some olive oil and taste the natural flavors in your veggies come to life.
A great addition to any Indian-inspired dish, curry powder comes with a unique flavor due to the abundance of turmeric, a spice said to act as an anti-inflammatory.
A necessary addition to homemade sauces, soups, pizzas, and stews, this fresh, herby spice especially brings out the flavor in tomato-based dishes. On top of this, it’s filled with vitamin K, a vitamin powerhouse that prevents blood clots and builds strong bones.
What are your must-have spices? Let us know in the comments below!
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