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Savory Spice Blend

I always have this seasoning blend on hand to add flavor to dishes in place of salt.
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: Whole Food Plant-Based
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 7kcal
Author: Dr. Michael Greger & Robin Robertson from The How Not to Die Cookbook


  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast *
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard (mustard powder)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds


  • Combine all the ingredients in a spice grinder or blender to mix well and pulverize the dried herbs and spices. Transfer the blend to a shaker bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in a cool, dry place.


* I recommend those with Crohn's disease or hidradenitis suppurativa avoid nutritional yeast.

18 responses to “Savory Spice Blend

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    1. Hi Matthew, you can use either for this measurement! Personally, I always buy flakes, but I don’t think the measurement would change if you have powdered.

  1. This works well and results in a decent taste. Many thanks for sharing.

    Tip: make before the nutty parm if using the same food processor as you’ll use up any leftover spice blend.

  2. The recipe in the book has the measurement for the dried thyme at 2 teaspoons, not tablespoons. I made this version before the book was out and found the thyme a little to prominent, but when I made the version in the book it was much better.

  3. Speaking of spices, I have a favorite to give the dish a real savory taste…when making cabbage or collard green rolls, I add zata’ar, maybe 1-2 teaspoons to a pan of roll mix. It has a smoked thyme and sesame seeds in it…great flavor, but as someone mentioned above, thyme can overpower.

  4. I read about so many benefits of mustard seed, sumac, tumeric with pepper, amla, herbs, etc. I am wondering if a spice blend of the best spices and herbs, for health benefit is out there or possible?? Want to just have a shaker full of a healthy mix. Any ideas?? Thank you!

    1. Hi Angela,

      I just used Costco’s Kirkland’s Organic No Salt Seasoning plus tumeric and nutritional yeast. Same ingredients basically and much easier.


  5. Love the book. I’m now in my 6th month of WFPB!

    Just bough the cook book though and had a quick questions that may sound silly. What type of Paprika do you use: Sweet, Hot or Smoked Paprika?

    I assume sweet as it’s unspecified.

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