When you start on your diet it's easy to think, ugh, now I'm going to have to eat dull tasting food. How can anything possibly taste good without cheese? How can a baked potato taste good without butter and sour cream?
It's hard to stick to something if you don't like the alternatives and a great way to make things taste good without all the fat. Here are the two that are ALWAYS in my kitchen:
Spicy Asian Chicken Soup looks like a good red pepper flake recipe from the community. (Disclaimer: I haven't made it! But if you do, let us all know. I'd use a little less brown sugar.)
Think of red pepper flakes as your parmesan cheese.
Whole Foods Muchi Curry Powder: A perfect combination of spices for Indian Food. The best you can get to come close to making it on your own. Unfortunately, this is not available everywhere but it is a wonder spice.
Whole Foods is the only place I've found that carries it, but it is worth the effort. If you don't have one near you, make it a wish list item. It's $4.99 and one bottle will last you for a couple of months.
Sprinkle this in beans, rice, even a compliment to tomato sauce and you have an authentic Indian dish. I give these as presents and people just love it.
I have more that I use but they take a little prep time, including fresh garlic, fresh ginger, red chili peppers. I'll be posting videos of these combinations and how to make "staple" spice mixes to add to your fish or vegetables. Please post any of your "must have" spices in the meantime!
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