My repertoire of dinners used to be pretty average (read boring, and inedible) until I discovered the magic of spices. Prior to that the only way food used to have that wow factors, was when I would slave away in the kitchen following a recipe from a beautiful cook book. Now I can look at my fridge and based on my built in knowledge of flavours whip up something quick and delicious by adding a dash of this and that. My husband marvels at how this happens, but it's honestly a matter of practice. If you struggle to "create" in the kitchen, this is going to change your life. Print it out, stick it on your fridge, and start experimenting.
Ditch the nasty premade sauces and condiments as the usually are high in hydrogenated fat, additives and sugar instead try the following tricks to enhance the flavour factor of any meal.
Swap regular, refined salt for natural sea salt or Himalayan Salt instead of regular, refined salt – use liberally for enhancing the flavour of foods, helping the digestion of food, and adding minerals in their natural form.
Use apple cider vinegar instead of balsamic red wine or white vinegar, it aids digestion.
Use lots of fresh and dried herbs and spices to add flavour to food.
For Asian meals: Coconut oil, coriander, lemon grass, garlic, ginger, galangal, chilli, fresh Vietnamese basil, lime juice & lime zest.
For Indian meals: Coconut oil or ghee, turmeric, cumin, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cloves, curry leaves, ginger, garlic and chilli
For Italian meals: Olive oil, fresh Italian parsley, basil, oregano, garlic, tomato
For Greek meals: Olive oil, fresh lemon & lemon zest, parsley, rosemary or thyme, cucumber, and a lotsa garlic! Opa!
If you're seriously strapped for time, or just want to make your life a little easier look for pre-made flavourings that have nothing but the real deal in them. Just herbs and spices and nothing else. My pick of the bunch is Mingle Seasoning. This jumbo 120g sized bottle of goodness comes in so many wonderful mixes that allow you to add flavour to your meals quickly and healthily but without all the nasties, chemical fillers and sugars that are generally found in seasoning. The best bit is that you can pick these guys up from the shelves of supermarkets!
Our lovely friends at Mingle are sharing the love and giving away an amazing I need everything prize pack! This means you can experiment with different flavours and keep things sassy and unpredictable when cooking!
The pack contains:
Garlic, Onions, Dill Tips, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Parsley Flakes, Basil Leaves
Onions, Garlic, Cumin Powder, Sweet Paprika, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Mustard, Coriander, Roasted Chilli Powder, Thyme, Oregano, Basil Leaves, Parsley
Onions, Garlic, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Cinnamon, Coriander, Smoked Paprika, All Spice, Thyme
Garlic, Onions, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Coriander, Roasted Chilli Powder, Basil Leaves, Thyme, Mustard, Smoked Paprika, Parsley
Garlic, Onions, Kashmiri Chilli Pepper, Cumin Powder, Sweet Paprika, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Oregano, Parsley
How to enter:
1. Follow @the_well_nest_kitchen AND @mingleseasoning on Instagram and repost our picture with #WellNestMingle
Winner will be drawn Saturday August 1, 2015 at Noon. No fake accounts please. Entries open to Australian residents only.
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