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Spices, spicey seasonings: what's your favorite?

Veilleux311Veilleux311 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
I read how spices kick up metabolism. My recent favorite is adding hot chili flakes to lots of quick homemade meals/snacks like salads, sliced cukes, chicken, sandwiches. What're your favorite spices, spicey seasonings, or spicey condiments? Does anyone make their own?
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  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 3,714Member Member Posts: 3,714Member Member
    Chinese brand Laoganma chilli oil. Green tabasco. For cooking Thai red curry paste. I like Indonesian sambal trassi, which is chilli paste with the added funk of fermented shrimp.

    I've made my own chilli oil in the past which is pretty similar to the Laoganma chilli oil, following a method like this but with a higher chilli flake to oil ratio.
    https://healthynibblesandbits.com/how-to-make-chili-oil/
  • Veilleux311Veilleux311 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    acpgee wrote: »
    Chinese brand Laoganma chilli oil. Green tabasco. For cooking Thai red curry paste. I like Indonesian sambal trassi, which is chilli paste with the added funk of fermented shrimp.

    I've made my own chilli oil in the past which is pretty similar to the Laoganma chilli oil, following a method like this but with a higher chilli flake to oil ratio.
    https://healthynibblesandbits.com/how-to-make-chili-oil/


    Sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing the link. Will give this a try
  • AntiopelleAntiopelle Posts: 81Member Member Posts: 81Member Member
    Moroccan Harissa paste :smiley:
  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Posts: 299Member Member Posts: 299Member Member
    I’m not sure there’s any truth in the ‘spices kick up your metabolism’ theory, but I don’t care, I’ll eat spicy food because I love it anyway!

    I’ll second the green Tabasco, plus the other Tabasco variants though I get through the green jalapeño one faster. Also chilli flakes in practically anything savoury. Not a huge fan of Sriracha, something off in the taste for me.

  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 6,616Member Member Posts: 6,616Member Member
    Tahini, zataar and sumac.
  • missysippy930missysippy930 Posts: 1,201Member Member Posts: 1,201Member Member
  • mmapagsmmapags Posts: 7,987Member Member Posts: 7,987Member Member
    What I like depends on what I'm cooking. But as has been mentioned, spices do nothing to your metabolism. That's a myth.
  • nighthawk584nighthawk584 Posts: 445Member Member Posts: 445Member Member
    Tiger Sauce, could drink it by the bottle
  • rosebarnalicerosebarnalice Posts: 2,813Member Member Posts: 2,813Member Member
    I'm a pepperbelly all the way, so my fridge and pantry are filled with moderate heat (I don't go in for heat for heat's sake like ghost peppers or habaneros)

    Some favorites include:
    * Javin Brand Curry Powder (GREAT in oatmeal!),
    * I usually make lunch or dinner salads with at least one of the following: siracha, spicy home-made kimchi, thai chili flakes, and/or ginger and garlic paste
    * soups, stir-fries and marinades get chili and garlic paste with cumin
  • Veilleux311Veilleux311 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    Antiopelle wrote: »
    Moroccan Harissa paste :smiley:


    I have never heard of this and will definitely look it up and try it. Thank you for your feedback!
  • Veilleux311Veilleux311 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    I’m not sure there’s any truth in the ‘spices kick up your metabolism’ theory, but I don’t care, I’ll eat spicy food because I love it anyway!

    I’ll second the green Tabasco, plus the other Tabasco variants though I get through the green jalapeño one faster. Also chilli flakes in practically anything savoury. Not a huge fan of Sriracha, something off in the taste for me.


    I love Tabasco as well but never tried the "green" ones you mentioned. I appreciate your feedback.
  • Veilleux311Veilleux311 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    Spices are a great way to kick up flavor without adding a lot of calories, but they are not going to do anything for your metabolism. Add them because you like them, not because you think they'll do something magical for your weight loss. And, I second the harissa.


    I'm certainly not looking for "something magical for weight loss" LOL. MFP has calculated my 16-day caloric deficit at 18,700 thanks to exercise and portion control. I believe the only "something magical" is hard work. I simply created this thread to learn from others how I can expand my variety of healthy choices. Thank you for your feedback :)
  • Veilleux311Veilleux311 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    Tahini, zataar and sumac.


    I researched zataar after reading your advice and it sounds very good! It looks like there's lots of variations for zataar. Thank you!
  • Veilleux311Veilleux311 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    Sriracha.


    Yum!
  • MikePTYMikePTY Posts: 2,688Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,688Member, Premium Member
    I put hot sauce on pretty much everything. Not Tabasco (so substandard when you've had a good hot sauce), but I put a good local hot sauce made from the aji chombo pepper (similar to habenero) that has more of a sweetness to the spice. No calories, and minimal sauce. It doesn't do anything for my metabolism, but it does help me with my weight loss because I can eat food that is bland and more calorie friendly, because the hot sauce makes it enjoyable.
  • Veilleux311Veilleux311 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    Tiger Sauce, could drink it by the bottle


    Tiger Sauce, now that's a new one for me! And the price doesn't seem bad either. Thanks, man.
  • Veilleux311Veilleux311 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    I'm a pepperbelly all the way, so my fridge and pantry are filled with moderate heat (I don't go in for heat for heat's sake like ghost peppers or habaneros)

    Some favorites include:
    * Javin Brand Curry Powder (GREAT in oatmeal!),
    * I usually make lunch or dinner salads with at least one of the following: siracha, spicy home-made kimchi, thai chili flakes, and/or ginger and garlic paste
    * soups, stir-fries and marinades get chili and garlic paste with cumin


    Thank you for sharing all of your awesome ideas! I love oatmeal but never tried adding some heat to it. Definitely going to experiment with some new options. Thanks again
  • lancejohnston523lancejohnston523 Posts: 61Member Member Posts: 61Member Member
    Tabasco - Smoked Chipotle flavor is awesome. Great flavor
  • HereToLose50HereToLose50 Posts: 154Member Member Posts: 154Member Member
    Cayenne pepper for most things. I also like freshly chopped hot peppers mixed in things that normally ask for bell peppers and also some in chicken or tuna salad, etc. I even put them in salads sometimes depending on other ingredients I'm using at the time.

    I eat a lot of spicy spices already mentioned by others also. Almost everything I eat is spicy.

    I agree with whoever said not Tabasco sauce. The flavor is off to me. No other kinds of watery hot sauces either.
    edited August 9
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