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Thursday, 19 November 2015

5 Ways To Naturally Add Flavour To Your Food

"One of the biggest reservations I hear when people are transitioning to eating more real food is the perception that they will have to sacrifice taste. This most certainly doesn’t have to be the case at all and there are many quick little tweaks you can make to add flavour to your food.

Add fresh chilli or spice
If you’re not great with hot food, start out slow and remove the seeds of the chilli to reduce the hotness. Fresh chilli is particularly delicious in Asian-inspired dishes.

Use good quality oil
Good quality olive oil is one of the most versatile additions to any kitchen and is particularly handy when making homemade dressings. Coconut or avocado are also good options for cooking – and they make a difference to the flavour of your food.

Use fresh herbs and lemon
Add a delicious freshness and nutrient boost to your food by adding fresh parsley, coriander or basil and lemon. The bonus is they pair with just about everything from Asian cuisine to summery salads and even soups. Your body will love you for adding this combo to your meals!

Toast and grind your own spices
Toasting the spices in a dry skillet/frying pan before grinding strengthens their flavour even further and gives them a nutty and earthy aroma – perfect as the base to a delicious Indian curry or dhal.

Use organic/market fresh produce
This is an easy way to increase the flavour of your food – produce just tastes better when it has been ripened by the sun and then picked/cut. There is a huge difference in the nutrient profile too, as the longer produce sits in cold store the less nutrients it will contain when it finally reaches your plate. Buy local, shop at farmers markets whenever possible, you can taste the difference!"

Words and picture from Dr Libby Weaver here, she is pictured below

Extra Green Frittata - recipe idea here

Extra Green Frittata

Slow Cooked Chicken with Red Wine and Asian Greens - recipe idea here


It's so good to eat whole fresh foods

All the best Jan


Jo said...

I'm no brilliant cook and haven't really experimented with herbs and spices, however, I've now started growing herbs myself and I'm slowly adding to the collection and it's encouraging me to cook with them more.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful ideas and suggestions. The chicken and Asian greens looks delicious! Happy Thursday, enjoy your weekend ahead!

Lowcarb team member said...

Jo, I'm sure you are a lovely cook ... and how nice to grow your own herbs and be able to use them. Fresh herbs are great, but I do always have a few dried ones handy - just in case!

Hope you've had a good week, I can't believe it's Friday tomorrow.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Eileen, yes the chicken and Asian greens does make for a tasty meal. Glad you enjoyed the article.

... and good wishes for a Happy Weekend to you to - thank you.

All the best Jan

chris c said...

According to Stephan Guyenet, bland diets reduce "food reward" and lead to weight loss. Strange that when I used to eat all those "bland" carbs I put on weight, and when I returned to eating highly flavoursome foods I lost it all again. Most of my food is so tasty I am satiated and don't need to eat again for a long while. Tonight I had a semi-bolognese sauce with bacon, mushrooms, multicoloured peppers, chillies, garlic, olives, minced beef and tomato puree with paprika and oregano, and brussels sprouts. Later in the week I have chicken breasts with curry sauce containing cayenne, turmeric, coriander, cumin and cardamom, plus more peppers and garlic and puree. Even the liver and bacon is so tasty it doesn't require herbs and spices. I could go on but I don't want the drool to damage your keyboard.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

These are all wonderful suggestions! And here is another great recipe.

Lowcarb team member said...

Chris ... well I for one love eating whole fresh food, it just tastes great. I do quite often add herbs and if you have fresh herbs more the better.
Your meals sound absolutely delicious, and I've always liked liver and bacon ... Yum!

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Martha ... many thanks for your comment, and yes the Cooked Chicken with Red Wine and Asian Greens recipe is tasty

Hope your weekend is going well

All the best Jan