When our palate starts craving some interesting flavor all too often we take the easy way out and give it sugar. We all know sugar tastes really nice but so can spice!
If you’ve gotten in a meal rut and your bored with the same old flavors try a new spice or spice combination, instead of carbs and sugar. Wouldn’t you rather have flavor and satisfying complex taste instead of the low quality fats and sugars that we turn to when we lose inspiration in the kitchen.
For a couple of fun combinations try…
Cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper on chicken. (recipe later this week)
Yogurt with rose extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and golden raisins (recipe will posted tomorrow)
Lemongrass with ginger and coriander on veggies ( Safeway sells a nice lemongrass paste.)
1 handful shredded chicken (boil entire chicken for 25 minutes and shred)
1 teaspoon no salt seasoning
1 teaspoon of dijon mustard (if you like it a splash of balsamic vinegar tastes great too) salt and pepper to taste
Vegetarian Option: 2 Hardboiled eggs
Vegan Option: 1/4 can of garbanzo beans and 1/4 block of soft tofu
Mash all ingredients in a bowl. Feel free to add in anything you normally would to a tuna or chicken salad sandwich except for the mayo! Try olives, pickles, celery, apples tomatoes, fennel, cilantro and lime, or fresh basil. Serve over a bed of spinach or steamed sweet potato, in lettuce cups or in a flax wrap.