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 A Beginners Guide to Creating Meals with Flavor

“What are some of the things a beginner can do to make their meals more delicious?”                        

My Cooking with Confidence Club members not only learn to make new recipes each month, but I also share many tricks, new products I love, and many simple tips.

Here are a few of my favorite ideas for adding healthful flavor to your meals.


 5 INGREDIENT ”go to dressing” . 

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp each salt  and pepper, 
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard, 
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar. 
  • Place in a jar, shake to mix and store in the refrigerator.


Mexican: lime, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, coriander, parsley

Italian: garlic, rosemary, basil and parsley, thyme, sage, oregano

Asian: basil, coriander, ginger, cilantro, turmeric, garlic, cloves

Middle Eastern: oregano, sumac, fenugreek, allspice, star anise, lemon grass


  • keep peeled garlic in a container in the fridge. Take 5 minutes to peel fresh garlic cloves and store at least 10 in a tight lidded container. 
  • try different vinegars ie: pomegranate balsamic, white balsamic, apple cider, white vinegar, rice vinegar, 
  • try different oils, walnut oil, avocado oil, and herb infused olive oil
  • add dijon and whole grain mustards to sauces, dressings and marinades
  • cook things in layers ie: sear chicken, remove and cook onion and garlic, remove and deglaze pan as an example
  • add nuts and seeds and hard or crumbled cheeses, 
  • make your own croutons,(SEE RECIPE ON MY WEBSITE)
  •  learn how to visualize whatever you are making as the canvas, then you need to add color(veggies) and the paint(spices and herbs, finish it off with textures(crunch)

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