With how busy our lives can be, knowing how to make a quick, simple meal is an important skill to develop! The biggest challenge when cooking simply is preparing meals that don’t sacrifice in the flavor or health departments. Luckily, there are a few tips we have for making every meal taste great, even when you’ve only got 15 minutes!
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Turn Up The Heat
A common mistake people make when cooking is not getting a good sear on their meats and veggies. A higher heat can be intimidating, but most stoves should be set to medium-high or so to make sure you’re getting a crispy, flavorful sear on your grilled foods.
That nice sear is important not just because it looks appetizing, but also because it’s the source of a ton of additional flavor that really makes grilled foods shine. The browning of meats, veggies, and other foods is called the Maillard reaction, and it’s responsible for a lot of flavorful compounds that can take a simple meal from bland and boring to packed with flavor.
To further promote that delicious sear, avoid over-stirring or over-flipping foods while grilling. In general, vegetables and meats can stand to sit in a hot pan with a little oil for a few minutes before they need to be stirred or flipped.
Use Fresh Ingredients
Using fresh ingredients can make all the difference in the world, especially when you’re working with a simple recipe. As often as you can use fresh, not frozen ingredients, and make sure your spices, cooking fats (like butter and oil), and other pantry items aren’t past their best by dates.
In the case of spices and other seasonings, the freshness of the ingredients can make a particularly big impact. Dried herbs are convenient because they keep for longer, but fresh rosemary, oregano, or sage can transform a dish visually as well as in flavor. Fresh parsley or basil can be added just before serving for additional flavor and color.
Season At Every Step
Speaking of seasonings, it’s important to season at multiple steps in the cooking process in order to ensure you’re getting the flavor payoff you want. A generous amount of salt should always go in water used to boil pasta and grains or poach eggs, chicken, or veggies. Salt and pepper are the essential seasonings for meats before they go into the pan or baking dish. Hardy herbs like rosemary can be added early on, while citrus or vinegar is an excellent tangy addition that should be saved for the end.
Whenever possible, taste your meal as you go and add seasoning to taste. Not tasting as you go is the easiest way to end up with bland, boring meals without knowing where you went wrong.
We hope these tips help you elevate your simple meals cooked at home in our new luxury apartments in Tulsa. We encourage you to share your new knowledge with friends and neighbors by sending them this post! And if you’d like to see any future tips and recommendations from us in the future, make sure you bookmark our blog page for easy access to upcoming posts. Finally, if you don’t want to miss out on special promotions, community updates, and events follow us on Instagram! In the meantime, bon appetit!