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Spice Blends for Effortless Weeknight Dinners

Easy sheet pan dinner recipe.

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.

If you have a spice blend-inspired recipe you would like to share, email us at, or leave us a comment below.

Maple Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Protein: Pork tenderloin

Veggies or Side Dish: Roasted brussels sprouts, and cubed sweet potato, carrots, or butternut squash

Spice Blend: Gateway to the North Maple Garlic Seasoning

One of our most popular blends, this seasoning is sweet, savory, and made with real Wisconsin maple sugar. Named after the maple industry hub of Marinette County, Gateway to the North compliments pork, baked beans, and sweet potatoes.


Method: Scatter veggies on sheet pan and sprinkle generously with Gateway to the North. Bake at 375 for about ten minutes while prepping pork. Rub Gateway onto pork tenderloin and sear in an oiled pan over high heat, rotating every couple minutes to ensure even sear. Transfer to sheet pan and bake for 15 minutes, flip pork & veggies, and bake for another 10-15 minutes until pork internal temp has reached at least 145 degrees and veggies are tender. Allow pork to rest before slicing.

—Christina, Human Resources

Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Candied Bacon

Protein: Thick cut bacon

Veggies and Toppings: Sweet potatoes, room temperature butter, and sliced chives

Spice Blend: Gateway to the North Maple Garlic Seasoning

One of our most popular blends, this seasoning is sweet, savory, and made with real Wisconsin maple sugar. Named after the maple industry hub of Marinette County, Gateway to the North compliments pork, baked beans, and sweet potatoes.


Method: Preheat oven to 375. Stab potatoes with a fork, drizzle in olive oil, and wrap in foil. Bake potatoes for 60 minutes or until they are easily pierced with a knife. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange strips of bacon so that they lay flat with no overlap. Bake bacon for 6-10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle with Gateway to the North. Return bacon to the oven and bake until crispy, about 4 minutes more. Slice potatoes open, drop a piece of butter in, and garnish with pieces of candied bacon and chives.

Geoff, Marketing

Lemony Za’atar Chicken and Potatoes

Protein: Chicken drumsticks

Veggies or Side Dish: Red potatoes, peeled and quartered.

Spice Blend: Za'atar

From the Arabic for thyme, our za'atar is mixed with lemony sumac, nutty sesame, minty hyssop, and oregano. Spread it on a pita with olive oil, or sprinkle it on roast vegetables, meatballs, and kebabs.


Method: Mix 6 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of za'atar and salt/pepper to taste. Evenly coat drumsticks and potatoes and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes. Spread onto a prepared baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with lemon slices and garnish with fresh herbs.

—Vanessa, Director of Marketing

Homestyle Chorizo Tacos

Protein: Ground pork

Veggies or Side Dish: Chopped onions, cilantro, and pico de gallo salsa.

Spice BlendMexican Chorizo Seasoning

Mexican style chorizo is a fresh version of Iberian sausage. Take our spice blend and mix it with ground pork shoulder, ground turkey, or ground tofu to make homestyle Mexican chorizo. Perfect for tacos or a breakfast skillet.


Method: Season two pounds of ground pork with six tablespoons of Chorizo seasoning and two tablespoons of lime juice or red wine vinegar. Fry the seasoned meat in a large skillet, using a spatula to break up the meat. Serve with warm tortillas and toppings of choice.

—Charlie, Chief Operations Officer

Baked Mediterranean Chicken

Mediterranean Herb chicken thighs baked in the oven for an easy dinner.

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

Easy Thai chicken curry made in one pot.

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



Julie Walters on January 14th, 2021

I love adding Adobo & Jerk seasoning to my Rancho Gordo Beans!
It’s an awesome combination 🤗

Jessica L Feinleib on November 9th, 2020

A year ago I changed to a “plant based, whole food” diet for my health and to reduce my greenhouse gas foot print. I found out during this adventure that the secret to this diet is great spices!! Fresh local vegetables, various grains and legumes from the foundation, but the great style and excitement comes from a wide variety of the best herbs, spices and seasonings. You have the best in an amazing array of flavors from far and wide. So thank you for helping me make this change in diet for my health and the health of our planet.

Diane Osti on October 29th, 2020

Great easy ideas to get dinner on table fast, sure it will be a hit

Spice House on October 15th, 2020

Hi Dennis Seibert,

Yes! You can share all of our recipes on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit! Unfortunately, these recipes cannot be linked directly as this is a short recipe inspiration blog post as opposed to our regular recipe pages.

Dennis Seibert on October 15th, 2020

Is there away to save these recipes in pinterest. I’m not seeing any way to do that

Jairajusam Gorlla on September 14th, 2020

Simple hassle.
Easy to follow, not intimidating

Great Thai recipe