For everything there is a season(ing)

Spice blends. They make dinner practically unfuckupable.

BUT they often have too much salt and sugar and nasty synthetic additives to prevent ‘caking’ and preserve. I don’t need extra preservation! It’s already dried, and I go through it at lightning speed. Plus I’m a control freak, so I’ve decided to make my own blends.

Making your own blends from bulk spices that you will find at any local grocery or health food store is 👌. It’s so cheap and you can alter it to meet your specific needs. It also makes a great housewarming or hostess gift, and it gives the illusion that I am, in fact, an adult.

When you get your bulk spices, BRING JARS*. Honey jars, jam jars, salsa jars any darn jar you can find. It makes people happy to see someone breaking from the norm and you get to feel good that you spent 15 minutes not ruining the planet with plastic waste. If you need a tutorial on how to tare (weigh) jars at the store, check out Lauren Singer's post. Her blog, Trash is for Tossers, is the gateway drug of zero waste blogs.

Taco Seasoning

  • 2 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 3 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Measure it. Put it in a jar and shake it. Shake, shake it, shake it like a Polaroid picture.

Blackened Cajun Seasoning

  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Again… buy it, measure it, shake it.

Italian Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp sage
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley

You should really know the drill by this point. Just shake it.

And I use Minimalist Baker’s curry seasoning blend. Why mess with a good thing?

I add these to any and all of the foods I eat. Curry French Fries? Check. Blackened Cajun Tempeh Caesar Salad? Absolutely. Italian Chickpea “Meatballs”? Let me at em.

Leave your suggestions for delicious combos in the comments or post them on Instagram and tag me @ahemwastefree!

Saving the world one taco bowl at a time,


*Do I need to clarify that the jars should be EMPTY and CLEAN? Oregano-strawberry jam is a little outside my comfort zone, and it should be out of yours too.