Spice Up Your Meals with New Ingredients
Whether it’s a full-time career, school, kids, or other responsibilities, our weeks get pretty packed and fast. It's really easy to get stuck in a rut with your cooking and end up eating the same meals nearly every week. Then temptation can slip in and takeout will be ordered. You don't need to be a master chef to cook well at home. If you're stuck in a meal rut, try out a few new ingredients which can make a tremendous difference.
Balsamic Vinegar: Looking to add some flavor to your sauces and grilled meats? Aged balsamic vinegar adds a wonderful tang to these foods and also pairs beautifully with chocolate and berry deserts. Balsamic vinegar has also been found to promote healthy digestion, aide in weight loss, help control diabetes, and is a wonderful antioxidant.
Cilantro: Nothing packs as much flavor into such a small package as cilantro. Wonderful in pesto, pasta, and most Mexican foods, cilantro will definitely liven up your boring dishes. Since it is a dark leafy green it also packs in a healthy dose of vitamins and dietary fiber. If you've never tried it before, be sure to taste a little on its own before adding to your cooking. Some people have a gene which makes cilantro taste like soap, believe it or not!
Cinnamon: It's time to stop thinking of cinnamon as a breakfast or desert-only spice. Cinnamon is wonderful in grill rubs and can add a savory sweetness to stews, sauces, and dips.
Dill: Fresh dill can completely change the taste of a dish. Whether you're adding it to a soup or salad or zesting up a dip, dill's unique flavor is a real game changer. On the nutrition side, dill is a good source of calcium, iron, and manganese. It is also an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Kudzu Root Starch: If you have a sauce, gravy, or soup to thicken up, don't reach for the flour. Instead, grab some kuzu root starch. This is the Japanese variety of arrowroot and is known for its superior thickening properties. It is also all natural and unprocessed. It can even make a great crust on proteins such as fish or tofu.
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