Herbs & Spices Day
Herbs and spices add flavor to foods without adding calories, fat, or salt. Use these tips and add a little spice (& herbs!) to your day!
- A recipe calls for a fresh herb and you want to substitute that dried variety you have in your cabinet.
Approximate equivalent amounts of different forms of herbs are: 1 tablespoon finely cut fresh herbs = 1 teaspoon crumbled dried herbs = 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground dried herb. Start out small. It is much easier to add more than it is to remedy a food which has more spice than you like.
- When should herbs be added to the cooking process?
As a general rule, add fresh herbs near the end of cooking or just before serving. Prolonged heating can cause flavor and aroma losses. More delicate, fresh herbs can be added a minute or two before the end of cooking or sprinkled on food before serving. Examples include basil, chives, cilantro and dill leaves.
- My family loves tacos, but the taco seasoning you get at the grocery store is high in sodium. Is there a recipe to make your own?
Try this quick and easy recipe from North Carolina Cooperative Extension Med Instead of Meds.
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
- 1/3 cup chili powder
- 3 tablespoons paprika (you may want to use 1/2 smoked and 1/2 hot)
- 3 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano (regular oregano will work as well)
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne (more if you want it really hot)
- Combine all ingredients and store in a plastic container. Freeze for longer storage. Can be used for tacos, bean burgers, beans and rice, and whatever else you want to give Mexican flavor.
- Start off with about a tablespoon of the seasoning mix and adjust amount to your flavor preference. 2 tablespoons would be suggested for use with 1 lb. of ground meat.
Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Med Instead of Meds