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Herbs and Spices to Use in Your Meals

Herbs and spices are what bring life and variety to your meals. With the correct seasoning, any food can taste delicious. You can bring different cuisines and flavors into your kitchen by simply having the right spices in your cupboard. Here are some herbs and spices that you should consider using and which foods to pair them with.


Cumin is a staple spice in Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is one of the main spices in taco seasoning, curry, and falafels. Cumin has a beautiful earthy flavor that works well with meat and fish, but you can also pair it with black beans or chickpeas.

Smoked Paprika

Trust me— there’s a big difference between smoked and regular paprika. The smoky flavor gives this spice a rich aroma that pairs well with just about any meat or vegetable. Use it on your potatoes, roasted veggies, beans, poultry/tofu— you name it. You can also add some smoked paprika to your omelets for extra flavor.


Cinnamon is the perfect spice to add flavor to your sweet dishes and desserts. It instantly sweetens the meal without adding any sugar. The spice itself is sweet, spicy, and warm. Try adding cinnamon to your baking, morning oats, or parfaits. Cinnamon also pairs perfectly with apples.

Chili Flakes

If you like a bit of heat, chili is the perfect spice to add to your pantry. This spice pairs well with just about everything. Cuisines all over the world use chili, from Italian to South American. Add this spice to your pizzas, pasta, tacos, soups, or eggs -- the options are endless. Keep in mind that chili powde