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3 easy ways to add flavor to cooking

March 2 2018
Esther Reynolds
By Esther Reynolds

3 easy ways to add flavor to cooking

Though colder months are filled with warming soups, savory stews, and comforting casseroles, the last few weeks of winter often leave us craving vibrant, warm-weather flavors. While we patiently wait for spring (only 18 days to go!), add some pizzazz to your plate with these easy ideas. They’re all fab ways to jazz up Free Food—food you can eat without weighing, measuring or counting—on Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, called Food Optimizing.

Spice it up: Wake up a healthy homemade chicken soup with a blend of curry powder and ground ginger, turn fat-free plain yogurt into a dip with a few shakes of chili powder, or rub lean meat with fragrant five-spice powder before searing. When it comes to spices, remember you can always add more to your dish, but you can’t take it back! Start with a small amount, then add more to taste.

Make it zippy: Adding an acidic element like vinegar or citrus juice is a surefire way to brighten up any dish. Transform a simple pasta with a squeeze of lemon, punch up soups with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, or stir tangy chopped pickles (no sugar added) into your next hearty chicken or tuna salad. As cooking can subdue the vibrancy of acidic ingredients, add them just before serving.

Transform the texture: Creamy, crisp, crunchy, smooth—the texture of a finished dish can be just as important as the flavor and color, and it’s nice to have a contrast. Add fresh fruit to a bowl of oatmeal, a handful of scallions to chili, or try a dollop of plain fat-free yogurt as a creamy topper for roasted veggies.