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How to avoid Flavor Fatigue with leftovers

I am pretty sure you’ve read the title and wondered about its meaning. You may be asking yourself about two things. One is, what is flavor fatigue, and the second, is how you can revive leftovers? These questions are answered in this article.  You will be amazed at how you can turn your leftovers into full meals.

Flavor fatigue is when your taste buds are tired of tasting the same flavors over and over again. Let’s say you make red kidney bean puree every day, and you always make it the same way every time. Over time, your taste bud will start getting tired of the taste. Why?

When cooking, many people tend to make a particular recipe in the same way because they are afraid of making any changes. It is true that one change may ruin the dish, but if you don’t try, you will never know. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It becomes cumbersome when you eat the same type of food often.

For example, a menu plan can consist of pizza every Friday and Bouillon every Saturday. The flavor fatigue comes from how you cook the Bouillon. If for instance you always use beef, never seafood or even another type of red meat, the taste will be the same. If you also don’t use other types of leafy greens and even herbs and spices, your palate will get tired.

Substitution is a superb way to experience food. When you substitute you discover how specific food taste. You will learn how to mix ingredients and identify the particular flavors.

Leftovers Chicken with Pasta and Veggies
Leftovers Chicken with Pasta and Veggies

Filling up your pantry with the right condiment, herbs, and spices is a great way to play around with flavors. For example, you may want to use fresh or dried herbs and spices instead of seasoning salt. Using fresh or dried herbs and spices in bouillon is the best way to flavor the broth.

When using seasoning salt, the broth or your food, in particular, may taste a bit salty. It is not easy to control the amount of sodium when using store-bought seasoning salt.

Although you can use any of my hot and spicy condiments as a seasoning, it is not recommended to use them as the only ingredient for seasoning your meals. Seasoning is salt, herbs, or spices added to food to enhance the flavor.

My Gourmet Condiments are versatile that will improve your cooking. Any of the hot sauces will add more flavor and enhance the taste of the herbs and spices you use to season your food.

Reviving your leftovers to avoid flavor fatigue

Roasted chickens are perfect leftovers. The breast of the chicken is usually removed to create other dishes. Typically, a chicken salad is prepared for lunch, but how about making a chicken stew.

Stews are versatile and can be served with pasta, rice, or any other types of grains. Let’s take this dish!

The chicken breast is sliced thinly, pan-fried in oil and about 1/4 of a teaspoon of hot and spicy Gourmet Pineapple with herbs is added to the pan for an enticing marriage of flavors. I then added fresh tomatoes, marinated artichokes, broccolini, sun-dried tomato slices, and onions. To complete the dish, I seasoned it with additional spices mixture. Very little water is added as the fresh tomatoes will create a flavorful broth.

Leftovers Chicken with Pasta and Veggies
Leftovers Chicken with Pasta and Veggies

Serving your newly created dish

This quick recipe can be served with pasta or rice. I prefer serving it with pasta because the veggies and chicken mixture go very well together. The fresh tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes add an abundance of flavors to the pasta noodles. Not forgetting the artichokes that add a bit of zesty flavor to the noodles.

Leftovers Chicken with Pasta and Veggies
Leftovers Chicken with Pasta and Veggies

Is this a complete meal? Of course, it is! You have your protein, your veggies, and your carbs on one plate.

Add my Gourmet Condiments today to your leftovers and create new meals with bold flavors.

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Originally published on Caribbean Green Living on April 11, 2018

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