It’s possible you may roll your eyes and think “Duh, Karen. Anyone who’s ever cooked knows this.” But I’m not an inventive cook by nature. I like to experiment and most of my recipe discoveries are happy accidents. (Some are abject failures, but I don’t talk about those; let alone share them.)
This time around, I was bulk prepping some chicken for the week’s lunches (Southwest and Garlic and Herb). When I cook, I like to gather all of my ingredients, measure them out, and have them ready. It makes it easier for me to not screw up the meal.
This time, I was on my last step of measuring out my southwest seasoning when I accidentally dumped the spoonful into the little bowl where I’d drizzled some coconut oil (I’m partial to cooking with coconut or avocado oil lately).
After spouting a harsher version of “Oh crap,” I looked at it for a minute, grabbed my mini-whisk (it was a small bowl), and turned my oil and herbs into a paste. Then I scooped it into the bowl of chicken chunks and mixed it all around until every piece of chicken, and my hands, were covered in my southwest flavored paste.
Just for fun, I washed my hands and did the same thing with the garlic and herbs one.
After I cooked those babies up, I tried a few bites. DELICIOUS! The flavor was a whole lot more intense than if I’d just sprinkled the herbs onto the chicken. I’m not sure why that is. I’m not a scientist. Or a chef. 🙂 But it’s something I do nearly every time I cook chicken (and now, vegetables)!
Please feel free to share your flavoring, cooking, or meal-prepping tips here or on Facebook. I’m always looking for ways to improve my own cooking.
- If you’re doing the 21 Day Fix, you can “Fix-ify” this trick as well. Just follow your meal plan allowances for healthy oils. (Herbs are a freebie.)
- If you don’t really care about the calories and fat, I’ve discovered that Land-O-Lakes makes “Saute Express” butter pats that do the same exact thing. I’ve tried the Lemon and Garlic one, and love it. Though it’s not something I use all the time. I mainly stick with my newly discovered method.
Looking for a little help and encouragement? I’ve got you covered!