These three spices are the basis for delicious and healthy food

These three spices are the basis for delicious and healthy food

Dried ground onions

Dried onions are one of the simplest spices. It is simply a condiment made by crushing dried onions into a fine powder that can be added to various dishes. In other words, dried onions retain all the classic health benefits of regular onions. One pinch of onion powder can replace a whole onion in nutritional value. That means that just one teaspoon of onion powder contains 24 milligrams of potassium and 3 milligrams of magnesium. These valuable nutrients are good for growing and strengthening bones, helping the body prevent muscle cramps, normalizing the heartbeat, improving the nervous system and stabilizing blood sugar levels.


How to add dried onions to your food

Dried ground onions are truly one of the most versatile spices. Try mixing onion powder with spices, adding it to salad dressings, or even sprinkling it on roasts. Dried onion powder gives off maximum flavor and aroma if the dish is cooked over low heat with some liquid. If you just throw dried onions in a hot skillet, they are likely to burn and be bitter.


Zucchini and Onion Frittata Recipe

To bring out the flavor of dried onions, try this recipe for a delicious dish of eggs, onions, zucchini and herbs.




One-third cup olive oil

2 cups chopped zucchini

2 cups diced onions

7 eggs

2 tablespoons flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. turmeric

2 tsp. dried onions

1 tsp. dried dill

Quarter tsp. red pepper flakes

1 tbsp. dried parsley

1 tsp. ground black pepper

Sea salt to taste

1 cup crumbled feta cheese



Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a 23cm pan with parchment paper.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the zucchini and onion and cook for 10 minutes until soft and golden brown. Allow the vegetable and oil mixture to cool.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, baking powder and spices, then add the feta and cooked onions.

Pour the mixture into the pan and sweat it for 30-40 minutes until firm.

Cool for 15 minutes before slicing.

Serve the dish warm or at room temperature. Bon appetit!

Dried Garlic

Garlic has been considered a medicinal plant for thousands of years. One of the main health benefits of garlic is its ability to strengthen the immune system. The authors of a study published in the journal Advances in Therapy concluded that a regular garlic capsule reduced the risk of getting a cold sore by more than 60 percent. The researchers also linked garlic supplements to lower blood pressure and lower levels of harmful LDL cholesterol. Although dried garlic does not contain all the compounds of fresh garlic, it does contain some very useful sulfur compounds. These antioxidants can help the body fight free radicals that cause aging symptoms.


Using garlic in cooking

The pungent taste of garlic has such a powerful effect on the taste buds that even a pinch of garlic powder completely changes the taste and flavor of a dish. In cooking, garlic is almost as versatile as dried ground onions. The big advantage of using garlic powder instead of fresh garlic is that the powder can easily be mixed with meat spices without frying. Also, fresh garlic burns very quickly. A pinch of garlic enriches the flavor of the pasta sauce and gives a special tzatziki flavor and spiciness to the tacos.


Potato Mashed Potatoes with Garlic Recipe

This recipe describes an unusual way to use dried garlic in cooking. Instead of just adding it to a dish, the garlic powder is first soaked by pouring milk over it. This gives the dried garlic a slightly milder, sweeter flavor that complements the delightfully creamy taste of the mashed potatoes. You’ll have a simple but flavorful dish, the perfect side dish for anything.




900 g Yukon Gold potatoes

1 tsp dried minced garlic

Quarter cup whole milk

Quarter cup ghee

1 tablespoon salt

Half teaspoon ground pepper



Peel and cut the potatoes into about 2.5-cm-thick slices. Rinse the potatoes to remove excess starch. This is the secret to nice and lush mashed potatoes.

Place the potatoes in a large pot, fill with water until the potatoes are covered. Season with salt. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer over low heat until soft. This should take about 15 minutes.

Pour the garlic into a small bowl, pour in the milk and let stand while the potatoes cook. This way the garlic will soak up the moisture.

Drain the boiling water, rinse the potatoes again to remove any excess starch, then put them back in the pot and simmer over low heat for a couple of minutes. During this time, excess moisture will evaporate from the potatoes.

Remove the pot from the heat and add the dried and minced garlic, milk, melted butter, salt and white pepper.

With a grinder, mashed potato the potatoes until they form a soft, creamy-flavored mashed potato.

Transfer mashed potatoes to a large salad bowl. Eat warm.

Ground red pepper (paprika)

Red ground peppers are an important component of delicious and healthy foods. Ground peppers are made from dehydrated sweet (bell peppers). These peppers owe their bright orange color to carotenoids, a type of antioxidant that has been linked to improving vision and reducing inflammation. Studies have shown that paprika also helps regulate blood sugar levels, so it can promote weight loss and prevent diabetes. Smoked paprika is especially good for people who are not very healthy. This flavorful spice gives dishes a great taste without all the harmful ingredients like sodium or animal products.


Familiar dishes to add paprika to

Use smoked paprika to enrich the flavor palette of a dish, add a smoky, sweet or spicy flavor to it. This spice goes well with chicken and other poultry. You can also use paprika to give vegan dishes a hearty smoked flavor. A pinch of paprika added to tomato sauce, roasted vegetables and meat stews helps create more complex flavors.


Chicken paprikash recipe “with smoky”

Chicken paprikash is a classic dish that uses paprika. This traditional Hungarian tomato and chicken stew wouldn’t be as perfect without the smoky flavor of paprika. It takes minimal utensils to make paprikash. It can be made in less than half an hour and feed the whole family with this hearty dish. To make the paprikash a little healthier, our recipe uses olive oil and Greek yogurt to reduce saturated fat intake and increase the amount of protein in this dish.




2 tsp. olive oil

450 gr chicken thighs

1 chopped onion

1 tsp. dried minced garlic

2 tablespoons smoked paprika

Half a glass of chicken broth

Jar of diced tomatoes in their own juice (30 ml)

1 tsp. dried parsley

1 tsp. black pepper

Salt to taste

Half a cup of Greek yogurt.



Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Fry chicken on both sides until browned, about three minutes on each side. Remove chicken from casserole and set aside.

Fry the onion in the same casserole until golden brown, then put the chicken back in the casserole.

Add the dried garlic, smoked paprika, chicken broth, tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper.

Cover and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes.

Remove the casserole from the heat and add the yogurt.

When serving, place the paprikash on top of the rice or pasta.