Many of us are starting new meal routines for the new year. Whatever culinary path you choose, there’s sure to be more vegetables on the menu. Spice blends are an excellent way to make vegetables more exciting, often by simply dicing and seasoning them before tossing everything in the oven. We put together a few of our favorite spice blends and vegetable pairings to take the guesswork out of meal planning. If you have a favorite recipe or spice blend and vegetable pairing, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or let us know in the comments below.
Curry Powder + Cauliflower
Cauliflower almost has a creamy flavor for a vegetable, making it a perfect canvas for bold curry powders, especially hot and spicy ones. This Curried Cauliflower with Brown Mustard Seeds recipe calls for our classic Sweet Curry Powder, but you can also substitute Maharajah Curry Powder, or Hot Curry Powder instead.
Maple Garlic Seasoning + Beets & Carrots
Carrots and beets are naturally sweet, but the sweet and savory Gateway to the North Maple Garlic Seasoning makes them almost like candy. We like serving these Sweet and Savory Roasted Beets and Carrots with roasted chicken or pan-fried pork chops. You can use this method of preparation for other favorite root vegetables, such as turnips, parsnips or sweet potatoes.
Marrakesh Market Blend + Eggplant
Eggplant is technically a berry, but this Moroccan Eggplant Steaks recipe makes you think of it as meat. You can serve this recipe as an entree alone, with a side of couscous or jeweled rice. Our Marrakesh Market Blend has a subtle balance of sweet spices and savory herbs, making it a customer favorite for roasted and grilled vegetables.
Pilsen Adobo Seasoning + Squash
Squash and pumpkin become tender and sweet when cooked, which is why adding some chile pepper heat to the equation is a great idea. Our Calabaza Caribeña recipe lays on the sweet heat with two blends, Pilsen Spicy Adobo Seasoning and our Pumpkin Spice.
Herbes de Provence + Radishes
Radishes are often served raw, but roasting them is an amazing and different way to prepare them. This Radis Rôtis aux Herbes de Provence recipe lowers their raw spicy bite and the Herbes de Provence is a sweet and aromatic accent. You could also place these radishes under a roasting chicken to catch any delicious drippings.
Garam Masala + Chickpeas
A healthy snack or a creative crouton, Spicy Roasted Chickpeas will be your new favorite way to cook garbanzo beans. Add them to a rice bowl or snack on them as is. Garam Masala is a highly aromatic mix that works nicely as an all-purpose seasoning. We like it especially for seasoning these roasted chickpeas.