Go to a spice store and smell different spices, ask for suggestions on what to use with different foods; I like strawberries but have been making them more exciting with chocolate balsamic vinagar and lavendar vanilla sugar - Also chicken breasts are a wonderful medium for a variety of spices - pick up some blends and season your chicken and grill - delicious and easy to prepare and warm up; just add some veggies and grains and you are set.
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A well stocked spice cabinet will add flavor to your meals without the calories. Think outside the box when using them. I like to add a pinch of Old Bay seafood spices to my scrambled eggs or sprinkle Zatar on my cottage cheese. I highly recomment Penzeys Spice Company. The spices are fresh and cheaper than the grocery store. When you do a mail order with them-they always toss in a "treat " for you
When cool weather rolls around, I tend to crave flavored coffees. I like adding spices (such as pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg), cocoa powder, and natural vanilla and/or almond extracts to create my own little flavors right in my kitchen without having to use caloric or artificial chemical-laden coffee syrups. The trick is to add your flavorings to the grounds BEFORE brewing so that they brew with the grounds.
Some mixtures I've tried (for 8 cups coffee): Chocolate Almond: 2 tsp Cocoa powder, a few drops of vanilla and almond extracts Cinnamon Praline: A few drops of vanilla and almond extracts, 2 tsp cinnamon Coconut Almond: 2 tsp cocoa powder, few drops coconut extract Have fun experimenting!
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