Seasoning Vegetables

Vegetable meals are often considered to be bland and boring, and a repetitive vegan menu can sometimes turn your meals into something that you dread. By adding a colorful selection of herbs and spices to your dishes, you can breathe new life into your mealtimes! From delicious, spicy baked treats to tasty dips and salads, there is no reason to ever again label vegetable recipes as dull. A hint of lemon juice and garlic will enhance the natural flavors of any vegetable dish while a dash of cumin and paprika will add a unique taste. Fresh herbs, ginger and dried spices will add dimension and increased nutrients to dishes while a dash of salt will soften the natural bitterness of some vegetables and bring the recipe together.

There’s no point for everyone to disagree or to contest which is best for there are lots of ways and diverse methods in seasoning this seasonal produce. Lucky for us indeed to have known these cooking techniques so each can satisfy oneself when it comes to texture and flavor. Let me share with you dear readers these vegetable seasoning techniques and guides to make you cook your veggies perfect in texture and flavor.

Spices

Spices don’t just make our food taste great; they also contain an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The more comprehensive variety of spices that you use, the more interesting the flavor combinations will be. Cloves and paprika are great alternatives if you are looking to add something different. To get the best aroma and flavor from your selected seasonings, infuse them with whole food fats to avoid overpowering your dish. Purees and starchy vegetables are best served with a generous dash of spice while whole spices can be used to infuse delicious soups.

Herbs

Loaded with vitamins, herbs are the ideal contribution to any meal! With added health benefits, they can turn a tasteless recipe into something fresh and delicious. Ideally, fresh herbs should be used in salads, dips, smoothies, and sprinkled onto warm dishes for that added punch of flavor. Alternatively, dried herbs can be crushed to release more flavor and are great to use during the winter months in sauces and vegetable stews.

Combinations

Spice combinations can add depth to the most basic of vegetable recipes, turning them into delightful indulgences! Sesame oil and ginger are best suited to green leafy vegetables, mushrooms and broccoli, while tomato sauce is best prepared with basil, oregano and marjoram. Ideal for rich risottos and pasta, thyme, parsley and bay leaves add a fresh flavor while cumin, coriander, ginger, turmeric and cayenne are ideal ingredients in which to coat spicy potato wedges, chickpeas, and sweet potato. Cayenne and cumin can be paired with tomatoes, kidney beans and mushrooms. For that delicious baked treat, combine cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to create the perfect gingerbread or cinnamon rolls.

The ideal accompaniment of herbs and spices are the perfect component of an exciting and tasty meal. From sweet treats to delicious main courses, don’t be afraid to add a generous dash of herbs and spices that will enhance the natural goodness of your vegan dish.

 

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