When I am cooking, I usually have 1 or 2 kids at my feet talking to me, or needing something. This makes for some slightly distracted cooking, which is why I really like to simplify the cooking process. If I can cut back on the measuring, number of ingredients, steps then it makes my cooking experience so much better. These spice blends are meant to do exactly that! Make these once and use them over and over. Instead of measuring out individual ingredients, you can use these mixes in a variety of dishes. Once in the jar, these mixes will keep for 3 months. Some other reasons that making your own spice mixes are a good idea:
- You have control over the ingredients. A lot of store packets add fillers which can be a problem if you have allergies, and also have a lot of sodium.
- You can save money. If you buy spices in bulk, these mixes are much less expensive that buying the store packets.
- Involve your kids and teach them about different flavors and spices.
Marinara Mix: This can be used to make spaghetti, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, pizza, and a variety of Italian dishes.
To make spaghetti sauce:
Taco Mix: Use for Tacos, 7 layer bean dip, sprinkle on homemade fries, or even use in Chili!
Ranch Mix: Use as a dip, salad dressing, as a sandwich spread, or sprinkle on popcorn!
A great place to buy herbs in bulk is Mountain Rose Herbs. They sell quality certified organic herbs and spices at reasonable prices. Making your own spices mixes is a great way to not only save you time and money, but also to involve your kids in the process. It is fun to measure and pour for the kids, and they can taste things along the way to learn about new flavors! Hope you enjoy!