7 Meal Preparation Spices you can’t miss having at home

7 meal preparation spices

Don’t you and your family like packaged and processed food? Do you hate eating out? Well, you can make delicious and mouth-watering dishes at your home. According to a survey, America spends 37 minutes per day just on the preparation of a meal. If you are one of them, you probably are looking for some ideas to make your food tasty.

Making a meal isn’t hectic at all, but there are so many health issues related to the food. You can use certain spices not only to make your food palatable but to get health benefits too. There is nothing much you need to do. With some really common spices, you can make your ordinary tasting dish an extraordinary one. If you think only salt and pepper is good enough to prepare one appetizing bite, it’s not the case. You will require a lot of spices to add flavor to your feed.

So what are those?

Garlic

If you are looking for a dish to make at home, garlic will be an automatic pick. Almost all types of cooking traditions use this spice one way or another. Garlic has antibiotic as well as antioxidant properties.

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The raw form of garlic has a very pungent taste. It is recommended to use garlic during cooking to enjoy a nutty, mild taste. It depends on the person who is consuming the food, whether he/she is going to love the taste or not.

When you need to cook your dish with garlic, avoid burning. Even a mild form of burning can add to the stink. If you haven’t tried garlic yet, go for it right now to change yourself from garlic loather to garlic lover. Garlic is almost a must-have ingredient for any recipe.

Basil

Basil is a staple of Mediterranean cooking, and it is also known as “the king of herbs.” This amazing spice is peppery, and the best thing about it is that you can easily grow it in your garden.

A sufficient amount of indoor light will be good enough for the growth of Basil. Fresh basil is tasty, and the aroma is bright. The dried form of Basil can be used as a flavoring agent in the sauces.

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Basil cannot only increase the taste of food, but it is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin 6, and vitamin B-6. Almost all the houses have a reasonable amount of basil every time. So, are you ready to spice up your meal? Use basil and have a peppery taste in your dishes. 

Tarragon

It is a spice that is normally used in pickles, mustard, and sauces. Tarragon is tiny and a shrubby herb. The best thing about tarragon is, it can go well with fish, meat, vegetables, egg dishes, and stews. Tarragon is known to give a pungent and licorice-like taste due to the presence of estragole.

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It has an aroma similar to anise, and the flavor is slightly bittersweet. Nutritionally, tarragon is supposed to reduce blood sugar, inflammation, and pain. Heart health and appetite and can also be improved with the help of the herb..

If Tarragon is not available, there are many good alternatives of tarragon available, which you can use for your meal. 

Cayenne

Chili pepper is a spice that is used all around the world. There is nearly not a single dish that can be completed without cayenne. Cayenne is most common in Asian origins and Cajun cuisines.

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This spice is present in a small amount in powdered red pepper. As far as the nutritional benefits of Cayenne are concerned, it can increase the heat production of your body, which can make you burn calories.

It has a significant amount of Vitamin A, C, and E. Cayenne has a spicy taste, which is the reason it can act as an appetite suppressant. Along with a tasty meal, you can have advantages like weight loss with the help of cayenne.  

Rosemary

Because of the Mediterranean origin, you will find this herb largely in Greek, Spanish, and Italian dishes. Rosemary can be grown easily in the back of your garden, even in the mild winter season.

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Bunch of fresh rosemary on an old wooden chopping board

It has a piney aroma and a sharp taste, so rosemary must be used sparingly in a dish. Rosemary is not nutritionally amazing (as the other herbs and spices), but you can enjoy a delicious meal having rosemary in it.

Either you are cooking meat or vegetables, use this spice in a little amount, and you will be able to cook a savory recipe for your house. 

Cumin

Cumin is an integral part of Asian and Indian dishes. It is often known as the “Unsung hero of chili recipes.” One of the biggest advantages of cumin is, it is available in both seed form and ground form.

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This spice has a warm and earthy flavor. It has both bitterness and sweetness at the same moment, which makes it a perfect pick for vegetable dishes.

Nutritionally, cumin has a significant amount of calcium and Iron. So, the dishes made with cumin can be consumed by both children and elders because of the nutritional benefits of it. 

Ginger

Ginger is a spice that has originated from the root of a flowering plant. You can give a spicy kick to your meal with the use of ginger. Ginger is mostly associated with Asian and Indian cuisines.

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It contains a rich amount of Vitamin C and magnesium. Nausea patients can add this spice to their dishes to relieve their symptoms. Ginger has a peppery as well as a slightly sweet taste. As far as the aroma of ginger is concerned, it is pungent and spicy.

Just like the garlic, you need to cook ginger properly to avoid burning. This spice has many hidden health benefits, which is why it must be used in a meal.

Not only will you be able to enjoy a healthy and tasty meal, but you will get rid of many health-related issues like muscle pain, osteoarthritis, chronic indigestion, etc. 

Conclusion

Making a luscious bite does not require a lengthy list of ingredients. You can do the magic with basic essentials. Spices can provide your food the much-needed flavors and aromas. There won’t be any addition of extra fat, sodium, or calories if you go for these natural spices.

Don’t overcomplicate things for you, and start preparing food with these spices. You will be pleased with the taste. So, what now? The kitchen is waiting for you!

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About the Author: Barry Lachey

Barry Lachey is a Professional Editor at Zobuz. Previously He has also worked for Moxly Sports and Network Resources "Joe Joe." he is a graduate of the Kings College at the University of Thames Valley London. You can reach Barry via email or by phone.