Between work, school, and everything in between, we don’t always have enough time to focus on weeknight dinners. We asked our spice merchants for their favorite easy dinner recipes, inspired by one of our gourmet spice blends.
They also chose a protein, a side dish, and a vegetable or two that can be cooked in little time with even less effort. This is when spice blends and a good sheet pan, or stovetop skillet, come in most handy. Nothing beats having dinner prepped in less time than it takes to cook, with only one piece of cookware to scrub afterwards.
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Baked Mediterranean Chicken
Protein: Chicken thighs, bone in and skin on.
Veggies or Side Dish: Baked asparagus, roasted potatoes, or arugula salad.
Spice Blend: Mediterranean Herb Blend
This all-in-one blend can be used for poultry, pork, or roasted potatoes. Our Mediterranean Herb Blend is made to be a perfect-every-time solution for the beginner cook, or to help hurry along a thirty-minute meal.
Method: Place chicken on a sheet pan. Juice a lemon, add a splash of olive oil, sprinkle liberally with Mediterranean Herb Blend, toss chicken until coated. Cover and bake at 375 for 30 minutes.
Uncover and continue baking at 425 till the chicken skins are golden and crispy with an internal temperature of 165. (You can add asparagus at this time too.)
—Chasity, General Manager, The Spice House Evanston
Stovetop Thai Curry
Protein: Diced chicken, tofu, or tempeh
Veggies or Side Dish: Jasmine rice, bell peppers, carrots, or cauliflower.
Spice Blend: Thai Red Curry Powder
This Red Curry Powder is versatile, medium in heat, redolent of galangal and lime, and delicious when combined with coconut milk. Add fish sauce or vegetable oil to create a curry paste.
Method: Make a curry paste with 2 tablespoons of Thai Red Curry Powder and 1 tablespoon of fish sauce—or vegetable oil if making vegan.
In a large pot, mix curry paste with a can of coconut milk, bring to a boil, add your protein of choice along with diced bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower or whatever veggies you want. Simmer for 5-10 mins.
Serve over rice with green onions, cilantro, and chile flakes.
—Clayton, Manager, The Spice House Milwaukee