This article, entitled "Cooking with Flavor," comes from Rachel Phillips, MomsEveryday correspondent from Wichita, KS.
We eat what tastes great. Taste is a priority when it comes to preparing healthy and nutritious meals for the family. These tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will help ensure your meals are full of flavor.
You can’t cook delicious food without delicious ingredients, so be sure to use high-quality ingredients that are at their peak quality. Overcooking can really hurt flavor and diminish nutrients, so avoid doing so.
Meat, poultry and fish flavors are intensified when they’re pan-seared, grilled or broiled at high heat. Veggies can be grilled or roasted in a very hot oven for a sweet, smoky flavor. Add some extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs before popping them in.
Peppers add lots of flavor to many dishes. Use all of the varieties to amp up taste.
Adding a bit of acid can lift and balance flavor. Add citrus juice or grated citrus peels from lemon, limes or oranges.
Lastly, good quality condiments like horseradish, chutney, wasabi and a variety of salsa can really spice up a meal.