lnstead of passing the salt, kick up the flavor with one of these 3 combos.

By Melissa Knific Photography Romulo Yanes

Spice mixes are heating up grocery store aisles for a great reason: They're a simple, healthy way to boost flavor. Preparing your own saves money and lets you customize quantity and taste. Transform dinner 1-2-3 with any of these flavorful spice mixes.


1 tbsp fennel +1 tbsp mustard powder + 2 tsp ginger

Liven up chicken or fish with this Chinese-inspired blend. It also perks up veggies like broccoli and spinach.


1 tbsp smoked paprika + 2 tsp garlic powder +1⁄2 tsp cayenne

Consider it the ultimate barbecue rub. In the off-season, try on a roast—smoked paprika mimics the charred flavor you get from grilling.


1 tbsp cinnamon +1 tbsp cumin +2 tsp dried parsley

This mix is ideal for beef or lamb, and works particularly well as the flavor base for a stew or braised dish. Or swap out the parsley for coriander to create a Mexican-inspired meal.