One of my favorite terms when it comes to any recipe is “tweak it”. The key to tweaking a recipe is discovering what flavor profiles you enjoy, being able to apply them to a recipe and make it your own.
Learning your spices will help you to identify flavors and be able to apply them to different foods. Don’t just stick with ground or powdered spices. Add some dried leafy spices in there too. Cilantro, thyme and parsley add nice flavor to many dishes. Fresh herbs are absolutely awesome if you have the opportunity to use them. Basic spices you should always have handy: sea salt, cracked or ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and cilantro or parsley. Those basics will get you through many a meal prep.
Salt is a natural flavor enhancer and will enhance all of the other flavors/spices you’ve added. Sea salt is naturally lower in sodium then regular salt and still tastes great.
Recreating dishes that you’ve tried elsewhere and making your own recipe based on what you tasted in that dish can be a blast too. You can just wing it based on the flavors you picked up on or you could research recipes online and either try one that sounds just right or make up your own from a variety of recipes. The possibilities are endless.
Another source for learning new flavors and techniques is Food Network and The Cooking Channel. I have been cooking since I was a little kid and thought I knew quite a bit about cooking until I started watching these channels. I find myself learning something new all the time and it has really opened me up to trying things I wouldn’t even have thought of.
Follow these simple guidelines, be adventurous with your recipes and cooking and you’ll be saving up all of the recipes that you have made your own.