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Making bland health foods taste good on the cheap??

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Making bland health foods taste good on the cheap??

chocoremedy | Mar 12, 2014 09:27 PM

I recently started cooking for myself and am simply overwhelmed with all the amazing things you people do with food!

It's like you guys are haute couturiers of the food world and I'm simply struggling to find a way to get quality separates in my life.

I'm learning quickly with meat-based foods, like chicken rice and veggies, steak potatoes carrots and peas... Simply make the meat spicey, lube the veggies and you're good to go.

Mexican - cumin, ancho/chipotle, lime juice, cilantro, oregano
Indian - garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, coriander, cardamom.
Chinese - sesame oil, soy sauce, fish/oyster/plum sauce, garlic, ginger
East asian - mirin, soy sauce, dashi, 7 spices, etc
Thai - coconut milk, lemongrass, chili paste, soy/fish/oyster sauces
Greek - lemon, oregano, garlic
Scandinavian - caraway, dill and fennel
Italian - basil, oregano, thyme, and parsley

I also have been learning how to make good basic marinades and such, which will definitely come in handy this summer.

The thing I really want to know how to whip up are bulky vegan salads and soups. These are the type of complex carbs that really give me the best energy throughout the day.

I love to make my own traditional, leafy green salad dressings but need to learn the basics to make a really good bean/legume/grain/pseudograin/veggie recipes!

And soup! It can be frozen! It's super healthy if you make the stock! I can always add more carbs/ protein if I want!

I know many recipes are tailored to the specific ingredients, how they meld together, the texture, etc... but I just need some basic mixtures to tailor to my booooriiiing diet. Any insight, resources, etc is greatly appreciated!

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