Spice Mixes

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I've been chatting to a few people recently about how you get children to eat vegetables. It seems to be a common theme amongst my friends, but I honestly think the main problem is that NO ONE even adults likes to eat flavourless, limp, boiled veggies. Bleurggh.

There are a few vegetables you can get away with just lightly boiling, but 9 times out of ten lightly steamed is nicer, or better yet roasted.

My children LOVE peas. It's one of there favourite things to eat. I cook them in butter with garlic and sea salt.

Carrots get butter and salt too, maybe a little bit of lemon and thyme.

Chestnuts are roasted with garam masala.

I mean seriously, vegetables ALWAYS taste better with garlic as a bare minimum.

If you want your kids to eat veggies, get some nice healthy fat on there, some good quality sea salt and then start experimenting with the herbs and spices.

The cheap plastic salt and pepper grinders from your local supermarket are usually refillable, so once you've found a combo you like, load up one of those and you have a handy mix ready for next time. A lot of mixes contain many of the same herbs and spices, but with something else, so this can be a frugal way of stopping you getting stuck in the same rut of always doing the same thing (eg. it's lamb, we have to have rosemary).

**UPDATE** I discovered My Secret Kitchen!! It's a great way to get real food ingredients including spice blends, but also dip mixes etc... and has widened our repertoire of meal immensely with flavours taken from all over the world. 

Here's some inspiration to get you started; I haven't included quantities because everyone has different flavours they want to sing out, so adjust to suit your family. Also, for a lot of these mixes to be truly authentic they would include things like chilli, but I keep mine kid friendly by omitting anything spicy. 

Italian:
Oregano
Rosemary
Thyme
Garlic
Salt
Pepper


Thai: 
Cumin
Salt
Pepper
Lemongrass
Mint
Lime zest
Ginger
Garlic

Smoke paprika
Onion
Garlic
Salt
Pepper


Garam masala:
Cinnamon
Cumin
Coriander
Star anise
Bay leaves
Nutmeg
Cardamom
Cloves
Pepper


Ranch:
Garlic 
Onion
Parsley
Thyme
Salt
Pepper


Pumpkin pie spice:
Ginger
Nutmeg
Cinnamon
Clove's

Fish:
Pepper
Lemon zest
Dill
Chives
Parsley
Garlic
Onion


Chinese:
Pepper
Fennel seeds
Star anise
Cinnamon
Cloves 

Furikake:
Sesame seeds
Nori
Salt
Bonito flakes


Go forth and conquer vegetables!

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