When you need to add a burst of flavor to something when you’re cooking, what’s the first thing you reach for? If you said salt you’re far from being alone, salt is known to enhance flavors and add a nice burst to even bland meals. If you said hot sauce, come over to my house, we have a support group (Mostly involving lots of different hot sauces and things to put them on). More Herbs, Less Salt Day was established to convince people that salt isn’t the only way to add a lot of incredibly flavor to a meal. Especially important when one considers the fact that a high salt intake has been shown to have multiple detrimental effects on your health.
How do I use More Herbs Then?
Glad you asked! We’re going to give you some suggestions of the types of herbs you can get that are easy and dynamic, able to be applied to almost anything with delicious consequences! Even better, there are health benefits to these simple ingredients, so your food will taste great and be better for you too!
1. Garlic – Garlic is easily one of the most popular and delicious herbs you can add to almost anything. Add some, powdered or fresh, to your hamburgers for a delicious boost of flavor, or sprinkle it in your soup to give it a savory kick your taste buds will love.
2. Nutmeg – This one is a little unusual, but has applications in a surprising number of food applications. Alton Brown swears by it as a way of making even the worst coffee palatable, and carries it with him everywhere just in case.
3. Curry Powder – One of the foundational spices of Indian cuisine, Curry powder makes chicken and steak absolutely phenomenal. Be careful though, too much of it can add quite a kick!
4. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme – Yes yes, technically four ingredients, but these are great with poultry, sprinkled in soups or salads, and our personal favorite is to sprinkle it on the outside of a grilled cheese sandwich. We prefer it cooked on the outside, but you can also sprinkle it in the sandwich for a great flavor.
These 4 (ok 7) herbs will stand in as a great replacement for salt in most cases, or they can be used to cut down on the amount of salt you’re using. Salt enhances all flavors, including those of these herbs, so a little bit can go a long way to helping these pack a delicious punch.