Could your pantry use a healthy makeover? Use these six ingredients to infuse recipes with flavor.
1. Sambal Oelek
Quite possibly one of my favorite ingredients of all time, this blend of fresh ground chiles, salt and vinegar adds a flavorful heat to sauces, stir-fries and marinades. Mix with mayo, nonfat Greek yogurt and lemon juice for a sauce that tastes good on just about anything.
2. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Invest in a good bottle of extra-virgin olive oil and reserve it for raw uses: salad dressings, drizzling over cooked fish and pasta, or (my favorite) dipping bread! Give your dishes a boost of flavor, antioxidants and healthy fats.
3. Whole-Wheat Panko
This style of bread crumbs creates a super-crunchy crust that tastes as good as fried foods without all the grease. The whole-wheat version has a nuttier flavor and four times more fiber! Use for vegetables, turkey burgers or any recipe that calls for panko.