If you want to liven up your meals on the South Beach Diet, a little seasoning may be all that’s needed to do the trick. Simply reinvent your favorite everyday recipes and give them a flavorful kick by experimenting with different — even exotic — herbs and spices. Varying the flavors in your favorite dishes is a great strategy for fighting food boredom, and it will help you to stick with your healthy eating plan. Here are a few ways to breathe new life into your meals with zesty herbs and spices from three popular cuisines.
Italian: Herbs like oregano, parsley, basil,
rosemary, and thyme are all key ingredients in Italian cuisine, as are spices
like nutmeg. The herbs can be bought fresh or dried and used in soups and sauces
or on whole-wheat pizzas, or be tossed with salads and salad dressings. Try
freshly grated nutmeg with ricotta crème or fruit desserts.
Mexican: For a south-of-the-border flavor fiesta, make use of
red-pepper flakes, chile powder, cilantro, and garlic. These seasonings will
easily spruce up meat, chicken, seafood, and pork dishes, and they work equally
well in soups and salads.
Asian or Indian: Coriander, cardamom, cumin, and ginger will give
your foods an exotic flair. Some spices (like cardamom) can be quite pungent,
so go easy at first. Try mixing a little of all of these to make a delicious
seasoning rub for grilled fish, beef, and chicken.