Eating should be enjoyable! Managing your weight does not mean that food must be bland for it to be good for you. Adding seasonings and spices helps with creating excitement to your food. Restaurants are tantalizing your taste buds with a variety of herbs and spices! Creating mouthwatering dishes at home does take some trial and error to find the flavors you enjoy and in the right combination. If you are adventurous and want to up your cooking game, keep reading!
Let’s start with the basics, salt and pepper. Salt helps to enhance flavors. Sometimes an unrefined mineral salt such as Himalayan or sea salt is just enough on its own! Next, consider other common ingredients, like onions and garlic. These come in various forms, such as whole, chopped, dried and minced, or powdered varieties. If you do not like eating garlic or onions, a powder version may work for you to add a little flavor. These ingredients can be added to almost anything such as eggs, cauliflower rice, roasted vegetables, steamed vegetables, and your favorite protein. Finally, think of ingredients that are in some of your favorite restaurant dishes and add them to the foods you cook. If you are not sure how it will taste, start off with small amounts and add more if you like the flavor and desire and a stronger taste.
If the thought of creating your own blends of seasonings frighten you, consider pre-mixed blends. There is a blend for almost anything. This takes the guess work out of cooking while still giving you that restaurant taste you enjoy. Let’s not forget about the liquid spices! Just a small amount can enhance the flavors of your food.
Below is a list of some common seasonings that many people may have in their cabinets and that are available at most grocery stores. Be mindful of the potential of added sugar with the pre-mixed blends and liquid spices and read those labels! Bon Appetit!