Know a student going off to college in the next few weeks? Stuff some essential herbs and spice blends in the back pack along with the suggestions for use included in this article to add some warmth and flavor to those microwave and toaster oven meals.
How about a Mexican mixture to add to canned chili, frozen burritos or nachos? You can purchase Mexican Spice Blend in a nifty tin getting 0.75 ounces from Spice Genie or you may want to make your own using the following recipe.
Mexican Spice Blend
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoons salt
An Italian mixture is a necessity for adding some zest to frozen or last night’s leftover pizza. Suggest sprinkling it on pasta, garlic bread, salads, canned ravioli and spaghettios. Italian spice blends are readily available in your supermarket. McCormick’s Italian Herb Seasoning Grinder ($2.69 for 0.77 ounces) is a good choice. It’s a zesty blend of rosemary, parsley and black peppercorn, with hearty pieces of garlic, onion and tomato. Make your own home blend with this recipe.
Italian Spice Blend
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons dried basil
- 2 tablespoons dehydrated onions
- 1 teaspoon dehydrated garlic
- ½ teaspoon crushed red peppers
- 2 teaspoons salt
Add a jar of garam masala with a suggestion that it be add to any of the ramen or other microwave noodle mixtures so favored by students. Garam masala will effect an exotic makeover of those mundane dishes.
Don’t neglect to include something sweet. Pack in a cinnamon-sugar combination with instructions for making a microwave baked apple and suggestions for adding it to cereal, French toast, or pop tarts.
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoon of any combination of turbinado sugar, brown sugar, or white sugar
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
MICROWAVE BAKED APPLE
- 1 medium apple
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon-sugar blend
- 2 teaspoons butter or margarine
Wash and core apple. Pare a thin section of skin from top of apple.
Fill center of apple with cinnamon sugar and top with butter. Sprinkle with more cinnamon-sugar.
Cook in a microwave-safe dish uncovered for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes at high or until almost tender. Let stand 5 minutes before eating.
Warning: The aromas coming from dorm rooms of students using these blends may draw crowds.