5 Low-Calorie Ingredients to Spice Up Any Dish

Garlic

This is a wonderful kitchen ingredient that comes in many forms and can be used to flavor almost any food. Whether you use minced, roasted, peeled and diced garlic, it's a culinary wonder in the kitchen. Add it to marinades and sauces, or just peel and saut? it—garlic is a fun way to enhance your meal.

If you are unsure of how to use it, begin by buying a clove, peel it and take a spoon to mash down on the individual clove. Once done, you will be able to peel the skin and chop it, roast it, etc. Garlic really is the miracle addition to any recipe.

Herbs and Spice Blends

The real fun begins in your kitchen once you open your cabinets and behold the many different types of spices you have at your disposal.

Maybe you have curry, turmeric, sage and other spices that you have never quite understood how to use. If so, try this: Take a plastic sandwich bag and blend different spices together. And then...taste it. See how the flavors come together.

Herbs are another great way to add a little zing to any dish. Sprinkle basil, oregano, mint or other herbs, here and there to taste new flavors.

Healthy eating doesn't have to be bland or boring. With these five tips, you'll be on your way to flavorful dishes in no time—and you'll look like a cooking wiz.

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