Ways to Add Flavor to Food Without Adding Bad Stuff

Potato medallions, with olive oil, parsley, he...
Potato medallions, with olive oil, parsley, herbes de provence, oregano, salt, and balsamic vinegar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In celebration of More Herbs, Less Salt Day let’s talk ways to add flavor without adding a lot of sugar, fat or salt.

* Garlic and onion are obvious. Cook first to make flavor pop.

* Vinegar adds a nice acidic bite.  Many varieties are available.

* Liquid smoke replaces pork as seasoning.

If you have limited knowledge of herbs and spices find a good spice chart.

* Citrus juice and zest add just a little tartness.

* Don’t forget salt free seasoning blends.

Remember mustard comes in powdered or prepared forms.

* Marinades are easy to make.  They tenderize as well as adding flavor.

How do you add flavor without adding the “bad stuff”?


Only the serious know how to truly laugh
Only the serious know how to truly laugh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I laugh a lot.  Not just a little giggle.  No, I laugh right out loud and don’t care who hears it.

A boss used to tease me about my laugh.  After I left for another job she called, telling jokes until I finally laughed. On the other end of the line I heard, “It’s about time! I miss that cackle of yours. No one laughs around here anymore.”  She didn’t know she could reintroduce laughter by laughing herself.

There are actual studies showing laughter may indeed be the best medicine.  So go ahead and laugh.  If anyone says anything tell them it’s for your health.

Thought for Today

Thinking… (Photo credit: Klearchos Kapoutsis)

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” Dale Carnegie

Thought for Today

Image copyright 2010 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” — Buddha

A Visit to the Louvre

English: Courtyard of the Louvre Museum, with ...
English: Courtyard of the Louvre Museum, with the Pyramid Français : La Cour Napoléon du Palais du Louvre, avec la Pyramide (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the things I love about the internet is the opportunity to visit places I many never actually go in real life.  A favorite way for me to spend time is to visit some of the world’s great art galleries online.   One of my favorites is the Louvre.  Yes, you read that right the Louvre — the famous one in France.  Didn’t know they had a website?  Go check it out.

Thought for Today

Happiness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness.”Maurice Maeterlinck

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