It's often one ingredient or one extra step that can transform your sandwich, salad or the whole meal. Take the extra second in front of your cabinet or fridge and ask yourself 'what would make this taste better?'. Meals are only boring if you make them that way.
Here are a few things I do to make meals tasty and interesting.
- Always keep green onions on hand. You would be surprised how much flavour they can add to your sandwich or a simple salad.
- Peel your carrots. A lot of people keep the peel on. There is nothing wrong with this if you like the 'taste' from the peel. But overall I think more people would dig raw carrots if they didn't leave the bitter peel on. And, no you are not sacrificing much in the way of nutrients and fibre.
- Grainy mustard. You will always find this ingredient in my house. It can liven up a veggie sandwich or add to your oil and vinegar dressing.
- Let your meat rest. After you've cooked almost any type of meat, whether it's on the bbq or in the oven let it rest i.e. leave it alone. Don't cut into it right away or all of it's juices and flavour, flow out.
- Toast slivered almonds. Prep a batch of slivered almonds for the week. Toast them in the oven or on the stove in a pan. But be careful. I've gotten sidetracked and came back to black almonds more than once :) These little toasted bits of deliciousness add some healthy fats and protein, and can transform your plain green beans, rice, quinoa or even plain cut up fruit. A fav of mine is yogurt, cinnamon, orange and toasted almonds, mmmmm.