I’m allergic to garlic and onions: talk to me about your other favorite spices!

Guest post by Alissa
By: Sudhamshu HebbarCC BY 2.0
My diet has gotten a bit more challenging lately: I’ve identified that I’m allergic to onions and garlic. A moment of silence while we mourn the loss of so much yummy Italian food…

I read a critique recently that said cooks are too dependent on garlic and onion to spice dishes. I know I’ve been quite guilty of that, as both flavor-wise and cost-wise you can get a lot of bang for your buck with these staples. While it’s annoying to work around this new limitation — in both eating in and eating out — I’m also trying to look at it as an opportunity to break out of a rut and try out some new flavors in my kitchen. (And, you know, not getting sick any more will be awesome.)

So Homies, tell me about some of your favorite spices and how you use them! So far I’m getting more adept with cumin and red pepper, but I know there’s more out there.

Comments on I’m allergic to garlic and onions: talk to me about your other favorite spices!

  1. It’s been a while since this was posted but I just stumbled across it today. I have an allium allergy as well (and it has gotten progressively worse in the last few years). I use a ton of cumin, paprika, smoked paprika, celery salt, ginger, and coriander. Also l’Ecuyer’s Gourmet ( http://www.lecuyersgourmet.com/ ) in South Carolina has been a lifesaver for spice blends and her seasoned salt, pizza mix, and fajita blend are pantry staples in my home. The owner has multiple food allergies including alliums and uses top quality organic spices in her blends. She is also making body care products. Not all products are listed on her website but she is very helpful and quick to respond if you contact her with questions.

    Also, if you haven’t already figured this out, steer clear of ANY food with ingredients listed as SPICES, FLAVORING, NATURAL FLAVORING, and anything made with Broth or Stock (including meat, especially poultry, that is packed in broth for flavor).

  2. Our company, Casa de Sante has just launched onion and garlic substitute spice mixes (Mexican, BBQ Rub, Tuscan Herb, Lemon Herb, Indian Spicy Hot) and vegetable stock powder. Our seasoning mixes contain no onion or garlic, we use hing instead, and we are FODMAP Friendly Certified. We are available at casadesante.com and on Amazon.

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