Struggling to prepare healthy meals that not only are kind to your waistline, but also taste good on your fork? You’re not alone. Many home cooks have a tough time figuring out how to make healthy food taste delicious. And many wrongly assume only unhealthy food tastes good, while healthy food is doomed to taste less flavorful, smell less appetizing, and look a little sadder on the plate. Fortunately, they’re completely wrong. And professional chefs have discovered (and shared) numerous tricks that make healthy food taste incredibly delicious.
Check out some of chefs’ most useful tips for making any healthy meal into one you’ll savor.
1. Season your butter to use less of it
If you’re cooking healthy meals, you already know you need to use butter only in moderation. A chef-approved way to do that? Season your butter. According to Greatist, “Adding extra seasoning to butter adds a flavor that you wouldn’t get with plain butter — so you can use less overall.” Thyme, garlic, and lemon zest all make great additions, especially if you’re cooking meat. To season butter, just heat it in a saucepan until it foams. Then, remove it from the heat, and add your herbs, spices, or flavorings of choice. Let it sit briefly. Then, strain and refrigerate it.