No matter how amazing of a cook you are, everything tastes better with a little dash of spice! Whether you’re pumping up the garlic for a truly authentic Italian flavor or cranking up the cumin for some incredible India cuisine, spices are the key to the perfect meal. Withe spices ranging anywhere from $5-10 a bottle these days, we’re thankful that My Diet has found a way to create these 6 amazing spices with a few ingredients that you likely already have hiding in your cabinets.

herbs and spices

Using common ingredients and a few special ones, you can create seasoning mixes for flavoring a wide variety of foods. Having these spice mixes on hand can make cooking easier after a long day’s work . These seasoning mixes let you experience a weekly trip through the world’s cuisines in the comfort of your own home. Store-bought seasonings are often packed with salt, anti-caking additives, and preservatives.They’re expensive, too. You can save money and enjoy better, fresher flavors if you create your own spice and herb blends. The recipes below are loose guidelines to get you started. Adjust them to meet your family’s tastes.You can give spice mixes to friends in decorative jars for holidays and special events. For best results, buy small quantities of dried herbs and spices. They keep best in airtight jars stored in a cool, dry dark area. They’re best used (or frozen) within about six months.I label my jars with the ingredients and proportions so I can make more later.

Basic Italian Spice Mix: Mild in flavor, this versatile mixture is good on pizza, eggs, fish, vegetables, or pasta. You can add it to food as you cook or sprinkle it on at the table.

1 tsp. thyme

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. onion powder (milder, adds sweetness) or garlic powder (stronger flavor)

1 tsp. parsley

Optional additions include:

1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper or crushed cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. basil or chives

1/2 tsp. celery seed

1 to 2 tsp. grated cheese or fat-free feta cheese immediately before serving

Basic Meat Seasoning Mix: Meat calls for stronger flavors. Try this seasoning mix in stews, on roasts, or as a dry rub.

1 tsp. rosemary

1/2 tsp. sage

1/2 tsp. ground peppercorns

1 tsp. thyme

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. onion powder (milder, adds sweetness) or garlic powder (stronger flavor).

Optional additions include:

1 whole bay leaf

1 tsp. cilantro

1 tsp. ginger (powdered or dried pieces)
1 tsp. dry mustard

To get the rest of these spicy concoctions, click here.