6 ways to get rid of a healthy food craving

2. Discover global flavors

Most people assume they follow the flavors and recipes of their families and cultures. McWhorter suggests choosing international cuisine from a part of the world you’re not familiar with. He grew up in South America and enjoys cooking Mexican dishes. “It’s not just chips and sauce,” he says. He also suggests Indian and Moroccan cuisines for their amazing use of spices.

An unfamiliar cooking style doesn’t have to be intimidating. You can sign up for a beginner’s cooking class for any genre you’d like to learn more about. (Many are now made available online.) YouTube also provides passionate home chefs from all over the world to teach their own personal recipes.

Try it: Bento Ben Taco

Heat a little olive oil in a cast iron skillet and add canned or cooked pinto beans. Season with cumin and Mexican oregano. Use a potato masher to partially mash the beans. Toss them in a warm corn tortilla with fresh cilantro leaves, chopped radishes, and a dollop of guacamole.

3. Subscribe to CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are everywhere today. Usually requires a subscription. You sign up before the growing season, then get a box of fresh produce each week from a farm in your area. You never know what will be in your trunk from week to week, and it varies by season.

“It’s almost sectionThere’s definitely a game show component to opening your box each week. It’s a race against time to figure out how to cook with sometimes unfamiliar ingredients before they go bad.

Over the course of 12 weeks or so of a typical growing season, you’ll likely discover many new ingredients, learn new recipes, get cooking ideas from fellow members, and be guaranteed protection from any cooking grooves. “You will probably get a lot of things that you wouldn’t normally buy. It can be intimidating. But there is a lot of fun too.”

Try it: Crunchy okra

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut the okra in half lengthwise and toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange the cut-down pieces on a baking sheet and roast until brown and crunchy.

4. Mix the vegetables

If you have a passing interest in health and nutrition, a large bunch of kale will probably be the first thing in your basket during your regular grocery run. But the world of green leafy vegetables goes beyond kale. If that’s the only leafy green you eat regularly, you’re really missing out, according to McWhorter. “I don’t even like kale,” he says. “I really prefer collard greens, but there’s also swiss chard, mustard greens, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, and more.”

All of these leafy greens are superfoods packed with nutrients, but they each have a different look and flavor. There are classic recipes for each, but most can be enjoyed cooked or raw. Saving as many types of vegetables as possible is one of the healthiest ways to keep them interesting in the kitchen.

Try it: Garlicky Collard Greens

Thinly slice a bunch of cabbage leaves (removing tough stems). Add olive oil to a large saucepan over medium heat and add a few slices of garlic cloves. Cook until you smell the garlic. Add the greens, a few drops of broth or water, and cover until the vegetables wilt. Uncover, then continue cooking until the water has evaporated and the greens are tender. Squeeze lemon juice over it before enjoying it.

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5. Flick your library card

Most libraries have an entire section devoted to books on food and cooking. Take an hour to browse through the piles and borrow whatever catches your eye. Of course, you will find traditional cookbooks, which can be very useful for unfamiliar ideas. But there are many other food books out there that can get your ideas flowing.

One of my favorites is called Flavor Bible. McWhorter says it’s full of information on how to combine the different flavors. It shows which foods taste best together. You may find combinations you haven’t thought of, such as fennel and orange. With just a few other ingredients, this pairing makes an exciting and delicious salad—a far cry from the standard chopped romaine in oil and vinegar.

Just remember that you don’t have to follow exactly the recipes you find in books, as McWhorter says, “It’s a good way to get inspired and excited about cooking again.”

Try it: Fennel and orange salad

Slice the fennel onion in half and cut it into very thin slices. Cut the orange into slices. Cut a small leek into thin slices. Combine the fennel, oranges, and shallots in a bowl and toss with olive oil and white wine vinegar. Add green olive slices. Put the watercress with the spoon.

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6. Try a group meal

There’s no shame in ordering a few meal combinations when you have no ideas of what to make for dinner. Many brands focus on healthy food. Not only do these services take care of the shopping and send you what you need for that recipe but they are also a treasure trove of new ideas.

“She sent it to me as a gift, and I loved how different it was from what I usually cook. It’s a great way to get ideas,” says McWhorter.

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