Do you love herbs and spices? Would you like to make some of your own seasoning mixes and wow everyone with that great baked chicken or grilled steak?

You can make seasoned mixes that can taste better than store bought. If you have a well stocked herb and spices cabinet or spice rack, then you can make this first recipe pretty quickly, and be able to have this on hand for when you need it. Just take a quick look at the ingredient list, and add to your herb and spice supply you have now, and then you will always be able to whip up a great seasoned mix for meats for baking or grilling. You can experiment with these too! You can also use these on grilled veggies.

Here are a couple of great mixes for you to try:

Instead of buying the Shake and Bake style chicken, why not try this great recipe?

Seasoning coating mix for chicken or pork chops

Here is what you will need:

Self closing plastic bag with label

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons dried marjoram

2 teaspoons dried thyme

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Take your self sealing bag (the zip lock style works well)

and mix all the above ingredients in it. Then flatten out to take out the air, and label this mixture and date it. You can keep this somewhere cool and dry for up to six months. But I am betting you, that after you have tasted this, you will find many dinners to use this in!

This is a great mix for chicken, or pork chops. Just pour the amount you need into a separate plastic bag for shaking the meat to coat. This way you save your main supply for other meals.

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Southwest Style Seasoning Mixes

1/4 cup chili powder

1/4 cup onion powder

2 tablespoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons ground coriander

2 tablespoons dried oregano

2 tablespoons dried basil

1 tablespoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon garlic powder.

Mix all of the above herbs and spices into a container with a good fitting lid. This makes a great  mix for grilling meats and fish, or even grilled veggies. Another great twist, is to sprinkle some on popcorn, for a great southwest taste.

Also try putting one tablespoon of this mixture into one cup of sour cream, adjust to taste and then chill. This makes a scrumptious dip!

After you make the above two mixes, you will never get the store bought again! What a great way to use some of those spice containers you have in that spice rack you got as a gift, and were not sure where to use them all. These homemade seasoned mixes are one great way to create your own flavours!

These mixes will work out cheaper, and go much further. With barbeque season upon us, you will wow everyone at your next barbeque with these zippy tasting mixes!

You can make these ahead of time so that they are on hand for an impromptu meal or barbeque.  Also check out quick leftover roast beef recipes for something new.