5 FRESH SWAPS TO ELEVATE YOUR COOKING GAME

Spring is here and while people enjoy cleaning for the new season, we’re freshening up our cooking/eating habits. Opt for fresh swaps when cooking because they will not only be healthier, but infuse your dishes with more vibrant flavors and textures. From herbs to cheese, here are five simple yet impactful changes you can make in your kitchen today.


  1. FRESH HERBS > DRIED ONES 

Say goodbye to the dusty jars of dried herbs lurking in your pantry and embrace the brightness of fresh herbs. Whether it's basil, parsley, cilantro, or thyme, using fresh herbs will add a burst of flavor and aroma to your dishes that dried herbs simply can't match. Chop them up and sprinkle them over salads, pasta, grilled meats, or roasted vegetables for an instant flavor boost that will impress your taste buds.

 

  1. HOMEMADE FRIES > FROZEN FRIES 

Sure, frozen fries are convenient, but nothing beats the taste and texture of fries made from scratch. Instead of reaching for the frozen bag, try air frying or baking your own fries using fresh potatoes. Slice them into your desired shape, season them with salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs or spices, then pop them in the oven or air fryer until golden and crispy. The result? Perfectly crispy fries with a fluffy interior that will steal the show as a side dish for your burgers or sandwiches.

 

  1. FRESH VEGETABLES  > FROZEN VEGETABLES 

While frozen vegetables have their place in the kitchen, there's no denying that fresh vegetables offer superior texture and flavor, especially in stir-fries. Swap out the frozen veggies for a colorful array of fresh bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, snap peas, and mushrooms. Not only will they retain their crispness and vibrant colors when cooked, but they'll also impart a fresh, natural sweetness to your stir-fry that frozen vegetables simply can't replicate.

 

  1. GRATED CHEESE > PACKAGED CHEESE

Upgrade your cheese game by ditching the pre-packaged shredded cheese and opting for freshly grated cheese instead. Whether it's cheddar, mozzarella, Parmesan, or Gruyere, grating your own cheese ensures better melting and superior flavor in your dishes. Plus, you can customize the texture and size of the cheese shreds to suit your preference. Whether you're topping pizzas, pasta, or casseroles, freshly grated cheese will take your dishes to new heights of cheesy perfection.

 

  1. SEASONAL FRUIT DESSERTS > CANNED FRUIT DESSERTS

When it comes to desserts, incorporating seasonal fruit can take your sweet treats to the next level. Instead of relying solely on canned or frozen fruit, head to your local farmers' market or grocery store and pick up fresh, ripe fruits like berries, peaches, plums, or apples. Whether you're making pies, crisps, tarts, or simply enjoying fruit salad, using fresh, in-season fruit will add natural sweetness and vibrant flavors to your desserts that will leave your taste buds singing.


With these five fresh swaps, you can breathe new life into your cooking this spring and delight your family and friends with dishes that burst with flavor, texture, and freshness. So, the next time you're in the kitchen, reach for the fresh ingredients and let their natural goodness shine in your culinary creations.

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