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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Enhance the Flavor of Your Food
Improve Taste without Calories, Fat or Sodium
-- By Tanya Jolliffe, Healthy Eating Expert
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The flavor of many foods can be enhanced without using calorie-laden sauces and gravies. Here are some great ways to use herbs to “spice up” your meals and bring out the natural flavors of your food. Don’t be afraid to experiment—try small amounts of several seasonings to find the right combination.

Meat Seasoning Ideas

To Season This...
Try One of These...

Poultry----- basil, cranberry sauce/relish, ginger, fresh mushrooms, marjoram, paprika, parsley, poultry seasoning, sage, summer savory, or thyme
Lamb------ curry powder, basil, garlic, mint, mint sauce/jelly, onion, oregano, parsley, pineapple rings, or rosemary
Pork----- apple juice, applesauce, garlic, marjoram, onion, sage, spiced apple, or spiced crabapple
Beef----- bay leaf, butter, chive, dry mustard, garlic, green pepper, marjoram, mushrooms, nutmeg, onion, pepper, sage, thyme, or tomato
Veal------ apricots, basil, bay leaf, currant jelly, curry, garlic, ginger, marjoram, mushrooms, oregano, pepper, spiced chervil, or summer savory
Fish------- basil, bay leaf, curry, dill, dry mustard, garlic, green pepper, lemon butter, lemon juice, marjoram, mushrooms, paprika, parsley, tarragon, thyme, or tomato

Vegetable Seasoning Ideas

The flavor of any veggie can be enhanced by using bay leaf, dill seed, and vinegar. Or, try combining water, vinegar, and dry mustard to make your own healthy mustard spread.

To Season This...
Try One of These...

Asparagus----- chives, herb butter, or lemon juice
Green Beans----- dill seed, chives, lemon juice, nutmeg, marjoram, onion, rosemary, or scallions
Broccoli -----lemon juice
Cabbage------ dill seed, or mustard dressing/paste
Cauliflower------ nutmeg
Corn ------chives, curry, onions, or parsley
Peas ------chervil, chives, fresh mushrooms, lemon juice, mint, onion, or parsley
Potatoes------ green peppers, mace, onion, or parsley
Squash------ allspice, basil, ginger, mace, or sautéed onion
Sweet Potatoes------ glaze of cinnamon/nutmeg, or escalope with apples & sugar
Tomatoes ------basil, chives, curry, marjoram, onions, parsley, or sugar
Green Peppers------- chives, curry, onions, or parsley

Create Your Own Spice Shakers
Making your own herb combinations will save you time (and money) when making recipes. Plus, a homemade spice shaker with a handwritten label makes a wonderful holiday gift for your favorite cook! Try making your own blends (like a simple "Italian Blend" of basil and oregano), or use the suggestions below.

(Mix all ingredients well and place into a shaker with a secure lid.)

Basic Spice Shaker
Herb & Onion Blend
Enhanced Seasoning

1 Tbsp. ground marjoram

1 Tbsp. ground savory

1 Tbsp. ground thyme

1-1/2 tsp. ground basil

1-1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1-1/2 tsp. ground oregano
1/4 cup instant chopped onion

1 Tbsp. sweet basil

1 Tbsp. ground cumin

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

1 Tbsp. cracked black pepper
1 tsp. crumbled thyme leaves

1 tsp. marjoram leaves

1 tsp. celery seed

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. curry powder

1/2 tsp. dried dill weed

2 Tbsp. paprika



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    I enjoy doing this too so I can leave the salt out.
    3886 days ago
    I will be copying and pasting this so I can print this out. Eating was starting to become a little ho-hum so this comes at a great time. Thank you, thank you for thinking of us. Take care.
    3886 days ago
  • DEBANNE1124
    Wonderful article, Amie. Thanks!
    3887 days ago
    I love spices also, without them food tastes so bland...I know I will be trying that corn on the grill sounds delicious!

    3887 days ago
    Yummy...yummy...yum! emoticon I LOVE spices...they make the world go round!

    Thanks for sharing this dear friend of mine! emoticon emoticon

    Annnddd....here's one for you...rub about 8 ears of corn on the cob with olive oil... grill until tender with nice crusty grill marks.

    Make up this fab little sauce to make the corn extra special.

    1/2 c lite mayo, mixed with1 t. chili powder,

    Add 1 c grated parmesan cheese (about 4 oz) fresh is best. Mix together lightly.

    Spread on a light layer over the freshly grilled corn and then squeeze with a lime...absolutely heaven!

    I love, love, love this! Perfect for a nice summer meal outside. emoticon emoticon
    3887 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/17/2010 4:41:47 PM
    I'm going to try the green beans seasoning--thanks for the post!
    3887 days ago
    Thanks for the tips.
    3887 days ago
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