5 Things That Make Everything Taste Better

Mar 15 2019
Who loves shortcuts? WE DO. Amp up the flavor in your food for minimal calories by adding the right seasonings. Here are five next-level mixes, plus oodles of recipes to use them in…

Truffle Salt

If you haven't tried truffle salt yet, DO IT. Truffles -- and we're talking about the mushroom relative, not the chocolate bonbons -- provide extra umami flavor, which is a fancy way of saying they make everything taste richer. Paired with salt, you get a savory one-two punch that's especially useful when seasoning meatless dishes. You can get Lisa’s favorite over on Amazon! Try adding it to these recipes…

Everything Bagel Seasoning

Who can resist the urge to make anything taste like an everything bagel? The mix is typically a blend of dried garlic, dried onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and coarse salt. The Trader Joe's version kick-started our obsession, but lately we've been buying jumbo containers over on Amazon. Fun fact: We love it so much, we created a recipe for our own perfect blend… Find it in the brand-new Hungry Girl Simply 6 cookbook! You can even leave out the salt for a low-sodium fix.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

This classic blend expertly combines cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice, and it’s totally indispensable when it comes to seasonal sweet dishes. Add a hit of this and your sweetener of choice to some canned pure pumpkin, and you're halfway to pie town! HG snack hack: Elevate your fruit game by tossing some apple slices in a baggie with pumpkin pie spice and sweetener! HG coffee hack: Mix PPS into your coffee grounds before brewing for flavored coffee that’s basically calorie free!

Taco Seasoning

It’s not just for ground meat… Taco seasoning can make anything taste like yummy Mexican food! Use it to season chicken breast, sautéed veggies, dips, soups, and beyond. We've even got an easy DIY recipe in Simply 6 (perfect for zesty recipes in the book like Southwest Muffin-Pan Egg Bakes and Tex-Mex Meatloaf Minis!).

Italian Seasoning

Last but certainly not least is this essential herb mix. It’s the perfect blend of Italian-style seasonings like basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. If you want to throw together a simple marinara or pizza sauce, all you need are canned crushed tomatoes and Italian seasoning. (Garlic and onion powder, you can come too.) Add it anywhere you need a touch of zesty flavor!
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