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How to Make Home-Cooked Meals More Exciting

Updated on August 5, 2014
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Is your family starting to get bored with the usual dishes you’ve been cooking at home? Perhaps everybody has been too busy lately that a meal together consists of either takeout orders or microwaved meals? It doesn’t have to be like that. All you need is time and a bit of magic in the kitchen.

Alright, I can’t help you free up more time so you can whip up something good but at least I can show you some tricks on how to make your meals exciting again. So let’s get started!

Try out different herbs and spices.

Go beyond the usual salt, pepper, garlic and onion. There’s a wide array of herbs and spices you can experiment with that can be easy to mix and match. For instance, try putting bay leaves on your soups, stews, and marinades. If you’re cooking meat or poultry, thyme is worth adding to it. If it’s seafood, tarragon is great. Sage is a fantastic addition if you’re making sausages and pork dishes. The key here is to experiment. A little bit of this and that can go a long way.

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Make the dish as colorful as possible.

This is especially true with children. They can easily get excited with the visual aspect of the food. And not only that, there’s also a healthy side to it. It’s because the more colorful the food is on your plate (naturally that is) the more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it contains. Just think of green leafy vegetables, nuts, and fruits. It’s like eating a plate of rainbow each day.

Add dried fruits.

Dried fruits can bring more sweetness and texture to your dishes. Even adding just a few bits can make the dish more memorable.

Sprinkle truffles to everything!

Sure, truffles might cost more than the usual kitchen staples but they really add magic to any dish. Truffles make great garnishes. Your grilled cheese sandwich can level up just by adding some shaved truffles. Whip up a potato pancake and instead of using regular butter, use truffle butter. And it doesn’t have to be in its physical form. Want a tastier risotto? Use truffle oil then add shaved white truffles on top. Hey, if you’re going to indulge, then indulge all the way!

Food on a stick

Sometimes the fun in eating makes the food taste even better. Maybe it’s a psychological thing but if you have kids they will surely have a great time eating food on a stick. Think of kebabs. Skewer meats, fruits, and vegetables and watch as your kids enjoy every bit of their meal time.

Make cooking a family activity.

If it’s a weekend and everyone’s at home, consider enlisting each member of the family in the cooking process. It can be your family time together and will also save you money by not going to the mall instead. Children will love giving you a helping hand and it can be educational for them too! Just make sure you assign small and safe stuff for them like mixing or mashing.

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Start the fun!

So there you have it. These are just a few of the things you can try to make your home-cooked meals more exciting. Just go even a bit beyond your comfort zone when it comes to cooking. There are a lot of other ingredients out there that you probably haven’t tried yet. Experimentation is important if you want to improve your skills in the kitchen. Of course, you can always attend a cooking class if you want a bit more formal education.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I have no idea how truffles taste but I am willing to give it a try. We often do impromptu picnics on the weekend just for fun to make meals a little more exciting. Great ideas here to make meals more fun.

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      twoseven 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great ideas! I just started trying kebobs for my kids since they are a little older and can handle themselves around toothpicks now :) Makes a home cooked meal more fun and exciting for sure! Will try your other ideas too.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, homecook food are better, less salt, MSG and many more. Best thing is I get to lift up my feet, crouch and eat