- Have you heard about Sriracha? It is a hot sauce made with chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. It's low in calories but high in flavor. Here are some ways you can use it to boost flavor: add to low-fat sour cream as a tasty dip for veggies or to low-fat mayo for a flavorful sandwich dressing. Think turkey or vegetarian burgers have no flavor? Add Sriracha to a turkey/vegetarian burger on a whole wheat bun. Tofu not flavorful enough for you? Add Sriracha to your stir fry to bring up the flavor.
- Sambal oelek is another flavoring that you may not have heard of. It is a chili paste made with salt, sugar and vinegar. Add to a low-fat cheese sandwich for a flavor boost. If you are looking for some new flavor for egg substitutes, add sambal oelek for that extra ‘kick.’ If you are making veggie sandwiches your ‘go-to’ way to get more vegetables in your diet, add this chili paste.
- Herbs and spices always add that extra flavor boost that dishes need. Some flavors that you may not have tried include smoked paprika and chipotle powder – both add a smoky flavor especially in dishes that are made with little to no salt added.
- Curry pastes are my favorite flavor to add to stir-fry dishes. They are low in calories but add a nice pop of flavor. You can find pre-made curry sauces in the grocery store but make sure the calories and fat aren’t too high or your stir fry dish will not be as healthy a choice as you might have thought.
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Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-882-1933