Enhance the Flavor of Your Food

Enhance the Flavor of Your Food

Improve Taste without Calories, Fat or Sodium
— By Tanya Jolliffe, Healthy Eating Expert

The flavor of many foods can be enhanced without using calorie-laden sauces and gravies. Here are some great ways to use herbs to “spice up” your meals and bring out the natural flavors of your food. Don’t be afraid to experiment—try small amounts of several seasonings to find the right combination.

Try One of These for………
Poultry; basil, ginger, marjoram, paprika, parsley, poultry seasoning, sage, summer savory, or thyme
Beef; bay leaf, chive, dry mustard, garlic, pepper, marjoram, nutmeg, onion, pepper flakes, sage, thyme, or tomato
Veal;  basil, bay leaf, curry, garlic, ginger, marjoram, oregano, pepper, spiced chervil, or summer savory
Fish; basil, bay leaf, curry, dill, dry mustard, garlic, pepper, lemon juice, marjoram,  paprika, parsley, tarragon, thyme, or tomato

Vegetable Seasoning Ideas

The flavor of any veggie can be enhanced by using bay leaf, dill seed, and vinegar. Or, try combining water, vinegar, and dry mustard to make your own healthy mustard spread.

Try One of These…
Asparagus with chives or lemon juice, dill seed, nutmeg, marjoram, onion, rosemary, or scallions.
Cabbage with dill seed, or mustard dressing/paste, curry, onions, or parsley
Tomatoes with basil, chives, curry, marjoram, onions, parsley, or oregano
Onions with black peppers, pepper flakes,  curry,  or parsley

Create Your Own Spice Shakers
Making your own herb combinations will save you time (and money) when making recipes. Plus, a homemade spice shaker with a handwritten label makes a wonderful holiday gift for your favorite cook! Try making your own blends (like a simple “Italian Blend” of basil and oregano), or use the suggestions below.(Mix all ingredients well and place into a shaker with a secure lid.)

Herb & Onion Blend
1 Tbsp. ground marjoram
1 Tbsp. ground savory
1 Tbsp. ground thyme
1-1/2 tsp. ground basil
1-1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1-1/2 tsp. ground oregano
1/4 cup instant chopped onion

Spice Shaker
1 Tbsp. sweet basil
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. cracked black pepper
1 tsp. crumbled thyme leaves
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder

Fish Seasoning
1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
2 Tbsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder

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