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How To Spice Up Any Meal

Updated on October 24, 2014

Cooking = Art

To many people, cooking is a form of art. Cooking is the greatest form of art because a work of art is defined as something that is made or transformed by a person that functions aesthetically in a person's experience. The only way a work of art can function aesthetically in a person's experience is if it makes an impact on at least one of that person's five senses, which are:

  • Sight
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Hearing
  • Touch

The more senses a work of art makes an impact on, the greater its' potential impact is. This basically means that the more senses a work of art effects, the greater the work of art is. Logically, potentially the greatest art form must be cooking. For cooking, the creation and preparation of a great dish does something no other art form does because it effects all of a person's senses. It makes an impact on not just one of our senses, such as a painting does, or two of our senses, like a live music performance does, but instead it makes an impact upon all five.

I once heard that cooking was the only art form that uses all five senses. It engages the whole person, and as such rewards the whole person. Preparing real food isn’t just about good nutrition or cooking ethics. It is about becoming the people we are meant to be, becoming more fully human.

The number of different works of art that can be created by cooking are limitless. By altering recipes and trying new ingredients, there are tons upon tons of art works that can be made. Trying new additions is a great way to keep cooking creative, fresh, and interesting. Cooking can also be a stress reliever, so try cooking next time stress arrives.

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Creative Cooking

Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and in some way valuable is created. This includes cooking. Creative cooking means to step outside of the ordinary box, and come into something that is new and different. This entails trying new ingredients, new additions, and even substitutions to meals that are prepared. Being creative comes from the inside, such as imagination and the need to be different. There are many times when creative cooking deems recipes as unnecessary because it is a trial and error experience. Experimenting, curiosity, mistakes, dedication, and also passion mixed with fun is a recipe for creative cooking. There is no wrong way to cook creatively because it mainly depends on a person's preferences and tastes. For example, I do not like jalapenos therefore I will not use them in my cooking. That does not mean that my cooking and recipes are wrong, it is just different.

Step outside of the normal boring way of cooking and step into cooking creativity. Creating new recipes is a wonderful feeling, then changing the recipe slightly when preparing it again is a better feeling. There is no other feeling a person can have than cooking something creative that they thought of and sharing it with other people. It can give a person a quick self confidence boost and it also encourages more creativity when cooking. Try it sometime!

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How to Spice Up Any Meal

Any breakfast, lunch, or dinner can be spiced up into a sensational and more healthy meal just by adding fresh new ingredients to any recipe. By incorporating seasonings into daily cooking, any meal can become more appealing, more tasteful, and even more healthy. All meals can be spiced up with certain seasonings that are natural, to create a meal that is more filling with increased nutritional value. Fresh seasonings may be produced at home or can purchased at any local grocery store in the produce section. While some seasonings are more traditional, others are more nontraditional, which makes cooking creative. Seasonings can contain more health benefits than others and there is a large variety to choose from. Seasonings are always in season so there is no reason not to utilize them while preparing and cooking each meal no matter what month it is. How exactly does a person spice up any meal? The tips listed below will demonstrate and illustrate how anyone can spice up each and every meal in a tasteful and appealing way.

1. Use a Variety of Fresh Herbs and Spices.

There are many different fresh herbs and spices that can be added to any meal. The flavor, type, and scents of herbs and spices can range from sweet to tangy, and even from spicy to mild. Different herbs and spices can provide different health benefits, along with new flavors and appearances for food. Using a variety of different spices and herbs while cooking is a great way to compliment any food while increasing the nutritional value. Some of the most popular fresh herbs and spices are:

  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Cilantro

2. Don't Limit the Variety of Seasonings Used.

Don't limit the number of seasonings used when preparing and cooking a meal. Seasonings consist of herbs, spices, and salt. Many different seasonings compliment each other and can be used simultaneously. Since certain seasonings contain different health benefits, using a variation can increase the health benefits and nutritional value of food. Use at least two or more different seasonings. In other words, using a several herbs and spices will increase the flavor and healthiness of food, instead of using just one seasoning.

3. Include Bell Peppers of All Colors.

Although they belong to the chili pepper family, bell peppers are mild and can spice up any meal from a salad to pizza and even potatoes. Red, yellow, orange, and green bell peppers all taste amazing when roasted. Besides, the appeal of bell peppers goes a long way beyond their stunning good looks. Some of the health benefits of bell peppers are:

  • Low in calories.
  • Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E.
  • Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene.
  • The sulfur content in bell peppers reduces the risk of certain cancers.

4. Add Onion for Health.

Onions are considered the world's most healthiest food. Onions come in a variety that vary in taste, from sweet to tangy, and appearance. Always choose the right onion depending on what type of dish is being prepared. Some of the reasons why onions are the worlds most healthiest food are:

  • Phytochemicals in onions improve the working of Vitamin C in the body.
  • Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
  • For centuries, onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.
  • Consuming raw onion encourages the production of good cholesterol (HDL), which keeps a heart healthy.
  • Quercetin in onions is known to play a significant role in preventing cancer.
  • Apply onion juice on a honeybee bite immediate relief from the pain and burning sensation.

5. Include Fresh Mushrooms as a Seasoning.

A mushroom, or toadstool, is the fleshy, spore-bearing body of a fungus that is typically produced above ground on soil or on its own food source. Adding mushrooms as a seasoning is great for fresh salads, but they can also be cooked to use in burgers or steak. Adding mushrooms to potatoes or pasta increases the taste, appearance, and healthiness of the meal. The most common types of mushrooms to use as a seasoning are:

  • White
  • Oyster
  • Portobello
  • Shitake

6. Tomatoes Make a Great Seasoning.

Tomatoes are technically a fruit, but they do make a great seasoning. Tomatoes can be obtained in whole and peeled form but also diced and peeled form. Fresh tomatoes are great to add to a salad, but also in eggs or potatoes. The most common use for tomatoes as a seasoning is with pasta. The preferred tomatoes for a seasoning are peeled, which can be done at home or they can be purchased that way in a can. Tomatoes are healthy and can add color to any dish. Besides, ketchup is like a seasoning and it is made from tomatoes. So why not add the fresh tomatoes, without all of the unhealthy additives, to spice up any meal?

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The Health Benefits of Spicing Up Any Meal

Fresh seasonings such as herbs, spices, and vegetables can do more than just add flavor to any meal. They equally contain a variety of health benefits for men, women, and children. Many studies have shown that herbs, spices, and vegetables can contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than most fruits. Many seasonings are all natural and have a low calorie count. Spicy seasonings encourage slower eating, which means consuming less, while baking seasonings will sweeten food without sugar and fat. Some of the most popular health benefits from seasonings are:

  • Anti Aging Properties
  • Fights Against Cancer
  • Prevents and Treats Heart Disease
  • Prevents Diseases
  • Lowers Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar
  • Increases Weight Loss
  • Reduces Inflammation

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for these great suggestions.

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      Cristale 4 years ago from Florida

      Try these great ideas any time, with any meal. Thanks for reading!

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