It can be more than a little boring eating the same old meals day in, day out. Even if you mix it up throughout the week, there’s only so much rotation you can do before you’re back to square one and working your way back down your list again. There’s only one thing less satisfactory and that’s having to prepare it. For those of you who enjoy cooking, it can be somewhat frustrating making the same stuff over and over and you find yourself going into auto-pilot to get things done.
The problem is that we tend to find a recipe we love and then we overdo it to the death until we can no longer stand to eat it because we’ve had it so much in recent weeks. But remember, there are countless ways to spice up any of your go-to recipes and if you’re looking to give your weekly favourites a tasty kick, check out these tips below.
- Spice things up
Adding spices to your food can make any of your dishes go from zero to hero. They can literally transform the most bland tasting meals and all it takes is a few seconds to sprinkle it on. It really is as simple as that. Chef’s who prepare incredible meals would never be able to achieve the results they do without using spices. There is no magic trick to good food – it’s all about practice, experimentation and learning what works with what. If you’re unsure of what spices to use on your dishes, a spice guide will sum it all up for you.
- Don’t get ahead on the prep all the time
It always seems like a good idea to chop your onion and garlic in advance so that when it comes to putting everything together, you can do it with ease. For super busy individuals then this of course works, but be warned that flavour will be lost by taking this approach. The point of garlic and onions is that they release strong flavours, so try to resist the urge to over prepare and cut them at the very last minute.
- Get to grips with oil
Oil gets a bit of slack for adding unwanted calories to your meals, but providing you use the right ones, using oil can actually be a great addition to your cooking. It’s a good conductor of heat and so because it can get hotter, it brings out far more flavour. There is a wide selection of cooking oil to choose from so do your research and see which works for you.
- Don’t chuck those leftover bits
You know those bits that are often left at the bottom of the frying pan, floating in and around your cooking oil? Do not discard them! One mans junk is another man’s treasure right? These “useless bits” are actually jam packed full of flavour and adding them in amongst the rest of your meal will certainly bring your taste buds alive. Washing these little flakes of joy away would be a sin, so make sure you’re not doing it. If the bits are stuck well and truly into the pan then try adding a little broth or wine so you can easily pour it back over your food.