5 Spices for Your Quarantine Cooking

Being stuck inside doesn’t mean your meal can’t be exciting and delicious while self-quarantine. With these spices, you can take an around-the-world culinary adventure through cooking with the comfort of home.

1. Garam Masala (India)

 Garam Masala = spices for anti-oxidant enriched breakfast
Garam Masala: spices for an anti-oxidant enriched breakfast

Although garam masala isn’t the hottest Indian spice, it is one of the most interesting and flavorful, consisting of multiple spices like Cumin, Coriander, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Mace and more(!). What’s more, it has a sweet and spicy flavor and smells amazing.

This egg scramble recipe may seem a bit daunting to cook, although feel free to skip the hard bits, stick with eggs, onion, and the garam masala spice blend — it will still be delicious!

Garam Masala Recipe – Masala Scramble

2. Cayenne Pepper (Tex-Mex)

lemonade with spicy cayenne pepper
cayenne + lemon = boosted metabolism

One doesn’t have to be on some kind of juice cleanse to love a spicy lemonade! This one is super simple – lemons, water, cayenne. There’s actually no cooking involved!

Cayenne Pepper Recipe – Cayenne Lemonade

3. Za’atar (Lebanon)

just a pinch of Za’atar can change your hummus game

Yeah, you would rather be taking a trip to a Middle Eastern desert. Za’tar could be the next best thing right now. The flavor is a mix of nutty, tangy, toaty. It’s a super-easy way to fancy up your store-bought hummus — just add olive oil and za’atar.

Za’atar Recipe – Classic Chickpea Hummus

4. Taco Seasoning (Mexico)

chili with Mexican spice blend taco seasoning
Taco Seasoning — perfect for chili, great for eggs

Well, taco seasoning is so versatile that it can Mexican-ify ANY dish. Making chili and don’t have the right ingredients? Throw in some root vegetables you just got for the pantry with some taco seasoning. Worried about having too much chili (since obviously you are dining alone in quarantine)? Turn the left-over back into a real taco!

Taco Seasoning Recipe – Slow Cooker Taco Chili

5. Chinese 5 Spice (China, duh)

roasted cashew nuts with Chinese five spice
roasted nuts elevated up by Chinese 5-Spice

The special blend of this Chinese spice is believed to represent the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.

Whatever the origin, it’s a great sweet and spicy accent made of ground cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorn. Because of the sweetness, it can even be used in dessert dishes. However, did you know that it’s also a great pairing for nuts? Throw some cashews (or whatever nuts you stocked up on) in the oven after sprinkling with oil and the 5-spice powder and roast at 350F.

Chinese 5-Spice Recipe – Warm Spiced Cashews

All in all, we hope you have enjoyed the quick around-the-world trip! Wish you a delicious and fun time during social distancing!

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