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6 Ways to Add Flavor to Your Food
Adding flavor to your food without high-fat ingredients like cream or butter is easy. Even grandma's recipes can be altered to be more healthful by using low-fat or fat-free versions of food items. However you approach your recipe makeovers, keep flavor, texture and appeal as priorities.
Here are some flavorful ideas:
- Intensify the flavors of meat, poultry and fish with high-heat cooking techniques such as pan-searing, grilling or broiling. These cooking techniques brown meat and add flavor.
- Experiment with herbs and spices: basil, chives, cilantro, rosemary, garlic, ginger, caraway or cumin.
- Sharpen up the flavor with cheese. Add parmesan, sharp cheddar, romano, feta, asiago or blue cheese to vegetables, rice or pasta.
- Intensify flavor with dried ingredients: sun-dried tomatoes, dried mushrooms, dried cranberries, dried apricots, dried plums (prunes), dried figs and red pepper flakes. Plump sun-dried tomatoes and dried mushrooms in broth or cooking wine and dried cranberries or dried plums in apple juice.
- Pep it up with peppers! Use red, green and yellow peppers of all varieties — sweet, hot or dried. Add a dash of hot pepper sauce or jalapenos to spice things up.
- Add a tangy taste with citrus juice or grated citrus peel: lemon, lime or orange. Acidic ingredients help lift and balance flavor.
For tips and healthy recipe ideas, visit our Eat Right Nutrition Tips section and consult a registered dietitian in your area.
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