How a Few Ingredients Can Pack a Punch


Ingredients for a Mirepoix

Creative cooking means using the right blend of vegetables, spices or other foods to provide maximum flavor. One unique blend that is commonly considered the "Holy Trinity" by many chefs is the combination of carrots, onions and celery. To offer the best mix of flavor a 2:1:1 ratio is ideal. Any one of the three ingredients can be used to provide the main flavor with the other two being accents. This type of blend is known as a mirepoix.

Blends of vegetables add flavor to soups, casseroles and other dishes. Different amounts of each vegetable can alter the taste. Switch up the amounts of each one whenever you make a dish. This will give you a chance to explore different tastes and textures. The mirepoix is made by sauteing the three ingredients in butter and then adding them to the rest of the ingredients. If the mirepoix is going to be added to a stew or other dish that will be cooked for a long period of time, the vegetables should be cut a bit larger than normal to accommodate for the longer cooking times. A smaller cut would be ideal if the cooking time is kept to a minimum, like in a stir fry dish.

Learning to use different cooking techniques can give you the tools you need for a healthier diet plan. Positive lifestyle changes can be made more easily if you have the right tools to build on. Healthy cooking methods that use the right foods in the right combination will give you what you need nutritionally without compromising on flavor. Explore new variations on an old stand by and learn how to create your own recipes to keep things interesting.

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