Easy Ways to Add Healthy Flavor to Food
Sometimes, it can seem like the only way to add flavor to your food is to add ingredients like salt, sugar and fat. You don’t want to sacrifice your health when it comes to adding additional flavor to your meals, but how can you do it?
Here are easy ways to add some taste bud wowing flavor without all the nasties.
Get ready to spice up your life
You can add some really punchy flavors by creating your own spice mixes. You can use these to season your dishes, and you can even use them to marinate meat in (by combining with a little olive or coconut oil).
It’s super easy to make your own curry powder for a tasty chicken, lamb or vegetarian curry or your own Mexican inspired seasoning for tacos and fajitas. You can create anything from Cajun to Asian and even jerk seasoning mixes. These will always help you can amp up your cooking.
Add some smoky flavors
Smoking food is a guilt-free and simple way of packing loads of flavor into your food. It also adds a great depth of flavor to your dishes. You can hot or cold smoke your food to give different levels of flavor.
I’m sure we’ve all heard of smoking meat and fish, but you can smoke fruit and vegetables using your natural gas smoker. This can open up the world to a new level of tastes! You can use different woods to give different smoke flavors or even soak the wood in your wine. You can also add spices and herbs to your smoker to infuse new flavors.
Invest in some delicious condiments
Making use of condiments such as mustard, vinegars and oils can add a flavor boost to your food. Stirring some mustard into a boring sauce can add some much-needed flavor and it’s also a great trick for giving a boost to salad dressings.
Flavored oils can be great for dressing salads and adding depth to your meals when you are cooking. You can make your own flavored oils by adding chilli, lemon, garlic and spices and herbs to olive oil, and leaving it in the cupboard to take on the flavor.
Try using fresh herbs and spices
Using fresh herbs and spices in your cooking are great ways of packing loads of flavor into your food without having a negative health impact. Fresh herbs and spices give your meals a completely different flavor in comparison to their dried counterparts. Fresh ginger tastes completely different to dried and powdered ginger, and it’s the same for things like mint, parsley and rosemary.
If you have any left over and you don’t want to waste anything, you can chop them up and pop them in a freezer bag and save them for another meal.
Adding flavor doesn’t have to be too tricky. Once you have done it a few times it will become a habit. So next time in instead of reaching for the pre-made salad dressing loaded with sugar you will be whipping up your own. Next minute you will have family and friends begging for some of your secrets.