How to Enhance the Flavor of Your Meals | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog

How to Enhance the Flavor of Your Meals | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog


How to Enhance the Flavor of Your Meals

5 Simple Ways to Make Healthy Food Taste Better

If you think cooking healthy food means giving up taste, have we got some news for you: It’s so easy to whip up delicious, flavorful meals without adding extra fat, calories, or too much salt. All you need are these 5 simple cooking techniques and tricks.

Keep reading to learn more about some of the best ways to enhance the flavor of your meals, and get ready to wow everyone lucky enough to enjoy your culinary creations.

1. Roast your veggies

Roasting is a simple way to add a ton of flavor to vegetables, and it can turn the staunchest veggie-hater into a full-blown produce lover. Just brush your veggies with a light oil before roasting and sprinkle some herbs on them for even more tastiness.

Experiment to find out which flavors you crave most, or start off with one of these 4 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners. Each recipe is full of roasted vegetable goodness.

2. Use condiments and sauces to add more flavor

There are tons of healthy condiments and sauces available in grocery stores, or make your own. Use them to add more flavor to otherwise bland dishes:

  • Mustard
  • Horseradish
  • Sauerkraut
  • Tahini
  • Hummus
  • Harissa
  • Chutneys
  • Salsa
  • Hot sauce
  • Pesto
  • Teriyaki
  • Hoisin

If there’s something on this list that you haven’t heard of or cooked with before, try that one first — you might be surprised to find a new favorite condiment.

3. Experiment with herbs and spices

Herbs and spices are one of the easiest ways to add more flavor to your meals. If you’ve never cooked with herbs and spices before, start with basics like basil, rosemary, garlic, cilantro, cumin, and red pepper flakes.

Experimenting with flavors can be tons of fun, so approach the process with an open mind and you’ll be amazed at the flavor combinations you discover.

4. Don’t forget about the fond

“Fond” refers to the charred bits on the bottom of the pan when you’re cooking something.

To release those tasty browned bits, add liquid to the hot pan to loosen everything up. Wine and broth both work well. Using a wooden spoon, scrape the bits free and then add them to your dish or a sauce. You can also save them for use in soups and stews.

5. It’s all about the marinade

Marinate meats like chicken and fish to add flavor. To make a marinade, you only need three components: an acid, an oil, and herbs.

Olive oil, lemon juice, and your favorite herbs will make a delicious marinade that couldn’t be easier to prepare. You can even get creative, using ingredients like yogurt.

If you’re short on time, opt for 15 minutes of marinating. For even more flavor, marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Once it’s time to dig in to your perfectly marinated dish, your taste buds will be thrilled!


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