Ground Nutmeg sensory qualities. Nutmeg has a slightly sweeter flavour. Ground Nutmeg is used in many vegetable recipes such as squash, spinach, and sweet potato pie. French white sauces often call for a pinch. Ground Nutmeg is also used in desserts, breads, and pound cake.. Ground Nutmeg is often a good secret ingredient for stew, cream soup, sauces, preserves and meatballs. Nutmeg has a long history of acclaimed healing and magical powers. Most of these were for inducing romance or enhancement of beauty or popularity.