Take a tour
invite your friends
- Select Menu -
Invite your friends
Spice it up!
I feel like I am in somewhat of a cooking rut. Because I am trying to stray away from high cal dressings, sauces, etc, I feel that a lot of my meals have become somewhat bland (or I am sick of the spices I typically use). I love (spicy) Mexican/Asian foods so I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on how/what to use to spice up different meals? (salads, stir frys, etc). Thanks!
Wed. Sep 19, 2:37pm
I make great green beans (would also work with stir-fry) where I toss the green beans in a pan with a little bit of water to steam them, and then add some lemon juice and garlic, and some crushed red pepper (adjust your amount to your taste in spice), and let the liquid pretty much cook off (it's maybe a couple tablespoons of liquid total), stirring, etc. Then I add a few shakes of low-sodium soy sauce, and toss the beans in the soy sauce until it has mostly cooked off, and actually gets kind of cooked onto the pan - just before it starts burning. It tastes caramelized and sweet, with the asian flavor, and the spice from the crushed red pepper flakes. Everyone I know loves them!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 4:52 PM
I have been using totased seaseme oil on stir frys with some chillis.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 5:13 PM
Vietnamese food is great, add some cilantro and/or mint to your asian dishes, or basil for Thai. These should be fresh.
Try adding chipotles to your Mexican food, or add an ounce or two of unsweetened chocolate to a red sauce for a knockoff molé. Hope I helped!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 5:20 PM
I use a lot of stewed tomatoes that have seasoning in them. I use it in enchiladas (as well as a pkt of enchilada seasoning) sometimes tacos, lasagna, and someitmes I just have it for a soup. About a hundred calories and very tasty.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 5:58 PM
Dehydrated Shallots add terrific flavor to sauces. I lovelovelove the roasted red pepper paste from Trader Joe's - not bad calorically and good flavor. Balsamic vinegar adds some great zest as does apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar. Cooking with a bit of white or red wine adds great flavor for not too many calories.
A great base for a sauce is 1/4 cup white wine and 1/4 cup chicken or veggie brother. For example - I'll start with that then I add 2 heaping Tbsp of red pepper paste, Litehouse Salad Herbs seasoning mix and I toss that with shrimp, a bit of bowtie pasta, carrots, red pepper, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, asparagus and shallots or garlic for an amazing (and flavorful) dish that my friends rave over.
When you use lots of veggies - you want flavor, but you don't want to overpower the more delicate flavors of the vegetables, nor do you want to coat your tastebuds with fats and salt. Vinegars and wine cleanse the palate and stimulate your tastebuds and salivary glands. You can keep them subtle and still get these benefits. Peppers (not necessarily just hot ones) are also great for flavor with few calories. Onions, shallots and garlic are also flavorful but can be overpowering. I love to start with finely chopped challots or onions though and sautee them to softness before adding the other ingredients - it breaks down the starches and releases their natural sweetness.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 7:00 PM
guys-be careful w/ all the pre-made seasoning packets, the majority of them contain a ton of sodium that you don't need! You're better off reading the ingredients, see which spices/herbs they use and experiment adding your own and controlling your salt intake (and avoid weird preservatives and anticaking agents).
Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 7:07 PM
new year calendar
real printable calendar
calendar printable 2017
blank calendar 2017
2017 free calendar
all calendar 2017
useful calendar 2017
schedule 2017 calendar
2017 schedule calendar
schedule calendar 2017
blank calendar 2017-18
map of usa
map of usa
Monday, February 13, 2017, 1:30 AM
How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight
How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer
How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources
Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner
How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition
New Diet and Fitness Articles:
Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program
Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:
Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule
Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions
Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?
Everyday Weight Loss Tips
How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge
Introducing The PEERtrainer Cheat System
How To Speed Up Weight Loss
How To Get Motivation To Lose Weight
Weight Watchers: The New Science!
3 Myths About Weight Loss With JJ Virgin
Related Article :
New PEERtrainer Articles :
Why Green Tea Helps You Lose Weight
How To Lose A Lot Of Weight, Fast
5 Things You Must Know Before Doing A Cleanse
New: How To Build Muscle
What Is The Best Kind Of Protein Powder?
The Master Cleanse
Will Removing Gluten From Your Diet Help You Lose Weight?
How To Obliterate Your Limitations
How To Get The Motivation To Exercise
How To Stop Feeling Tired
Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Super Immunity Diet
The PEERtrainer Diet
Is Portion Control Keeping You Fat?
The Ultimate Guide To Dietary Fiber
P90X? Do Burst Training Instead
Weight Watchers Points Changes For 2012
Can Diet Soda Cause You To GAIN Weight?
©2017 PEERtrainer, Inc.