Go-To Ingredients: Mural of Flavor and Magic Mushroom Powder

Don’t be alarmed. Neither of these is as exotic or dangerous as its name implies.

Nom Nom Paleo’s Magic Mushroom Powder adds salty, savory flavor with a little extra character from dried porcini mushrooms and red pepper flakes. You can buy this at Whole Foods Market, or make it yourself thanks to Michelle Tam generously sharing the recipe here.

Don’t need the salt? Try Penzeys Mural of Flavor. I can’t explain why this one is so good. It just is. (Besides offering terrific deals on spices and shipping, Bill Penzey writes one heck of a passionate newsletter. Subscribe and see for yourself.)

Why are these so great? Because it means you don’t have to hunt down new vegetables or dishes when you want a lunch break change of pace. These seasonings can turn eggs, rice, soups, or even an ordinary potato with butter into something really worth looking forward to.