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Here’s How to Kick Up the Flavor in Your Favorite Dishes

By on 03/15/2016

Herbs and spices are great for adding flavor to your favorite dishes without adding salt or fat. Navigating the spice and herb aisles, however, can be more than intimidating if you don’t know where to begin. Add these flavorful ingredients to your next dish for an extra kick!

Coriander seeds: Coriander seeds are the dried fruits of the coriander plant, also known as cilantro. They possess a warm, earthy flavor with a slight hint of citrus. Coriander seeds come in both whole and ground forms, but for the richest flavor, it is best to buy them whole and grind them yourself with a mortar and pestle or in a coffee grinder. Coriander seeds pair great with most Indian, Latin and Middle Eastern dishes. They also add an earthy flavor to most vegetable-, beef- or chicken-based soups. Not only do these seeds taste great, but they contain important minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Cilantro: This bright green, leafy herb shares the same plant origin as coriander seeds; however, cilantro leaves have their own distinct flavor profile. The flavor of cilantro is often described as pungent, grassy and citrusy, and leads many to either love or hate the herb. Cilantro adds a punch of flavor to a wide variety of dishes. including salad dressings, Indian foods and Latin foods like guacamole or black bean tacos. It also adds a burst of eye-catching color on top of soups or chili.

Paprika: The bright red color of paprika and its bold flavor make it hard to ignore. Made from dried chili pepper, this versatile spice originated in the Americas and is now used widely in global cuisine, most commonly Hungarian dishes like goulash and Spanish foods like chorizo. Its rich flavor can range from sweet to smoky to fiery hot, making it a great addition to stews, chili, tomato sauces and barbecue rubs.

 

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Review Date: February 12, 2016
Reviewed By: Nora Minni, RD, CDN
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