Many restaurant dishes taste delicious because they’re packed with way more butter, salt, and oil than you would ever add if you were cooking at home.
Luckily, there are ways to get rich, complex flavour without packing on the calories and sodium. Try these low-fat additions to make your dishes sparkle.
There are many different tastes and textures in miso paste varieties, but they will all give a rich, salty kick to your dishes. Try it in a marinade, like this miso-glazed salmon recipe.
A kitchen isn't fully stocked without stock, which can be used over proteins, grains, veggies, and in sauces and soups. Every recipe becomes a little warmer and more “home made” tasting with stock. You can make it yourself or buy it in a store.
Herbs Like Mint or Basil
If you’re one of those people who just can’t get behind the taste of water, take a cue from the bartender: You can steep herbal leaves in your H20 overnight for a glamorously refreshing (and pretty!) way to rehydrate.
Scallions, Shallots, Leeks, and Ramps
You already know that starting a dish with garlic and onion gives it a rich, delicious base—and makes your kitchen smell amazing. Swap out those aromatics for others in the bulb family, like shallots or leeks. They are just as easy to work with and are also packed with vitamin C and other antioxidants.
A study has found that low-fat meals flavoured with spices taste just as good as their full-fat alternatives. Experiment with your whole rack—oregano, paprika, dried basil—in pastas, salads, and on protein to feel both satisfied and extra-fancy. Here are some easy DIY blends to try.
Lemon and Lime
Your dish is done? Squeeze a bit of lemon or lime on top of the plate before you dig in. It acts to brighten all the flavours in your recipe, almost like salt, without the added sodium.