Cooking may not be one of your favorite things to do, but you have to eat right? Do you find yourself eating the same meals over and over again because you think switching up the recipe would be difficult? Well, that may not be the case at all.
I’m going to share some easy tips to help you turn a recipe that is old, boring and tired into something that you are once again excited to eat. The recipe doesn’t have to be complicated to be tasty, you just have to know some of these little changes to get those taste buds fired up.
Get Familiar With Your Spice Cabinet
One of the easiest ways to brighten up a boring meal is adding the right seasonings. Obviously, the most common are salt and pepper. But those should only be the first layer of seasoning you add to a dish. There are so many great options when it comes to seasoning choices.
If you are creating a savory dish and you want to add a spicy kick, you could add cayenne pepper or even chili powder. A very common spice used in Mexican and Indian dishes is cumin. Cumin will add a warm and earthy flavor to your food so you can build those layers of flavor.
When whipping up a dessert don’t forget the cinnamon! Cinnamon is a very versatile spice used in many different desserts like apple pie and pumpkin pie but it can also be added to other desserts to enhance the flavor profile.
Try Different Types of Protein
Not everything tastes like chicken and you should be happy about that. If you are someone who eats chicken as the protein source for every meal, there are plenty of options that can become your new favorite.
If you prefer poultry as your meat of preference you may want to consider trying turkey in place of chicken. Much like chicken, turkey has white and and dark meat but the flavor is different and can be great in sandwiches or alongside mashed potatoes and green beans.
To really step outside of your comfort zone and consider some top cooking substitutes you should try seafood. A great substitute to chicken and steak can be shrimp and fish. Whether you are creating a pasta dish or a fresh salad you can add shrimp or types of fish like salmon or trout to give your taste buds a break. You may even include crustaceans like lobster with steak for a great surf and turf meal.
Cooking doesn’t have to be difficult, using these recommendations to make just a few small changes to the meals you already make on a regular basis will reinvigorate your pallet and keep you enjoying the foods you eat. Who knows, you may even want to start showing off those meals to your friends and family. Cooking can be very enjoyable and even therapeutic in some cases, it shouldn’t always be a chore!