312017May
Bump Up the Spice in your Cooking

Bump Up the Spice in your Cooking

Cooking at home offers various health benefits such as lower calorie consumption, lower sodium cooking and being cost-effective. However, some people find that they have to add fat or salt to make their food taste better, but that is not the case. To maximize a food’s flavor pick foods in season and store the foods properly once they are in your home. Poor storage of fruits and vegetables will destroy their flavor and quality.


Try these cooking tips to enhance the flavor of your foods:

  1. Brush olive oil or other heart healthy oils on your vegetables and place in a single layer on a sheet pan. Roast at high heat of 450 degrees F to showcase their sweet and smoky flavors.
  2. Add a small amount of oil to a pan and caramelize onions by cooking them at low temperatures to bring out their natural sweetness.
  3. A little goes a long way! Try small amounts of foods with bold flavors to give you dish a kick such as: chipotle peppers, feta cheese, pomegranate seeds and cilantro.
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Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD, CDE

Registered and Licensed Dietitian at St. Hope Foundation
Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD, CDE earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from Texas A&M University and her Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. Currently, Melissa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian here at St. Hope Foundation and frequent contributor to OfferingHope.Org.

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