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Dr. Greger's Special Spice Blend

Prep: 0 min
Cook: 5 min
Total: 5 min
Servings: N/A

For those times when your food needs seasoning without the flavor of cumin, here's my original spice blend recipe from The How Not to Die Cookbook.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients & Directions

Recipe Ingredients


Yield: Spice Blend
Needed Kitchenware: Spice grinder or blender
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp ground thyme
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp celery seeds
Recipe Directions


  • Combine all the ingredients in a spice grinder to mix well and pulverize the dried herbs. Transfer the mixture to a shaker bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Store in a cool, dry place.
Recipe nutrition

Nutritional Information

Yield: Spice Blend
Servings: 1
Information per serving:
Energy: 158.8 kcal
Carbohydrate: 22.6 g
Protein: 12.8 g
Fiber: 10 g
Sugar: 1.5 g
Fat: 3.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.2 g
Polyunsatured Fat: 0.8 g
Omega-3: 0.2 g
Omega-6: 0.6 g
Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Choline: 17.6 mg 4% DV
Folate: 29.3 µg 7% DV
A: 2349.4 IU 101% DV
B1: 2.2 mg 201% DV
B2: 0.2 mg 18% DV
B3: 15.2 mg 108% DV
B5: 35.3 mg 705% DV
B6: 9.9 mg 764% DV
B12: 0 mg 0% DV
C: 5.5 mg 7% DV
D: 0 IU 0% DV
E: 2.1 mg 14% DV
K: 92.9 µg 103% DV
Calcium: 192.1 mg 19% DV
Copper: 0.2 mg 25% DV
Iron: 8.4 mg 47% DV
Magnesium: 62 mg 19% DV
Manganese: 1.2 mg 65% DV
Phosphorus: 313.9 mg 45% DV
Potassium: 430 mg 9% DV
Selenium: 30.7 µg 56% DV
Sodium: 24.3 mg 2% DV
Zinc: 4.4 mg 54% DV

Please note nutritional information varies dependent on agricultural conditions, consistency in manufacturing processes, and honesty in reporting. We cannot accurately report on the amount of harmful chemicals or beneficial plant constituents that might be present in these ingredients. We cannot report on the content of material added during the cooking process. We cannot guarantee if the vitamins present are natural or synthetic. We make no guarantees to the accuracy of this information and continue to suggest purchasing organic, high-quality, fresh ingredients from local, trusted sources. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and values come regulated from the FDA. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

Tips, Suggestions, Photos, & More Information

This recipe can be found in the How Not to Diet Cookbook

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Recipe attribution: Excerpted from THE HOW NOT TO DIET COOKBOOK: 100+ Recipes for Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss by Michael Greger. Copyright © 2020 by Michael Greger. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books. All rights reserved.

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