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Entries in spices (2)


"How Not to Die" Spices It Up, October Challenge

I'm devouring Dr. Greger's new book, How Not to Die. One of his themes is that you can pack phytonutrients into a meal by adding spices and healthy flavorings like vinegar. Your food tastes better and you may live a longer and healthier life. For example, my lunch today included cinnamon on baked butternut squash, balsamic vinegar on peas, and Spicy, Healthy Tomato Sauce with raisins, oregano, turmeric and red onions on whole grain pasta.

healthy meal with butternut squash with cinnamon, whole grain pasta with tomato sauce and spices, and peas with balsamic vinegar

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From bags of bulk spices to a super-organized spice rack

With matching spice bottles and a labeler, I took my spices from disorganized and frustrating to alphabetized and shining. In just a few fragrant hours, you can too.

Before: underused spice shelves and a heap of spices in bags

I have fancy spice racks that pull out on both sides of the stove. But unfortunately, they were just a bit too narrow to hold many common spice jars.

Once I found out what a great bargain bulk spices are, I bought nearly all of my spices in bulk. If I already had a jar that fit my spice rack, I'd fill it from the bulk bag. But for the most part, spices landed in this plastic shoe box that I kept in a drawer next to the stove.

bags of spices purchased in bulk heaped in a shoe box

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