Are you looking for a quick and easy way to add some pizazz to your meal that will wow your friends and family? Adding a garnish will give your plate a little extra flair. Garnishes are not just a way to add a dash of fun and colour to your meals, although that is a plus, but they can also enhance your dining experience. Garnishes can also add a burst of flavour to your dish. They can also be used to fill an empty space on your plate, which makes them great for portion control. Not only that but adding a garnish can also be a great identifier for soups or stews by hinting at the ingredients. Here are a few garnishes that we love here at eFresh Meals that will transform your meal in minutes.
Parsley is a delicious herb with fluffy leaves that make an excellent pop of green for your meal. Not only that, but parsley is rich in antioxidants, including Vitamin C, which is excellent for boosting the immune system. Another great benefit of parsley is that contains nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin and beta carotene, which promote great eyesight and contribute to overall eye health as well. A treat for the eyes indeed!
Look no further for a beautiful garnish that is perfect for the holiday season! Adding a few sprigs of rosemary will add a rich, farm-fresh appearance to your plate. Rich in flavour and in nutrients, Rosemary is a fantastic meal enhancer. Like Parsley, Rosemary is also high in antioxidants, but it is also an anti-inflammatory herb. Rosemary also remedies digestion problems, relieves stress and can even be a cognitive stimulant to improve focus and memory.
- Green Onion
One of the easiest garnishes that will add colour and flavour to your meal is green onions (also called scallions). This antioxidant-filled garnish will enhance meals that include mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower, chicken, rice and many more as it has a versatile flavour. It will also add more dynamic visuals to a solid block of colour on your plate. Green onions are also rich in fibre, which promotes overall gut health and improved digestion.
If you’re looking for a pop of colour that isn’t green, consider adding a slice of lemon, lime, or even an orange slice! Citrus makes a great garnish that will also enhance the flavour of your meal, particularly fish and chicken. A slice of citrus not only looks great on the plate, but it can also add zest to your meal by squeezing it over meats and vegetables. Citrus adds a little taste of sunshine even to winter meals, but it also is a powerfully healthy fruit. Check out our blog Tips For Cooking With Citrus to learn more about the benefits of incorporating citrus into your meals.
If your dish is Italian-inspired, like pizza or pasta, a famously delicious garnish that we love here at eFresh Meals is basil. You can drop a few of these delicious round leaves on top of your plate, or you can even cut them into a chiffonade of basil (this method could also be used for mint or spinach) to add some texture and to release the wonderful aroma. Basil is known to help improve blood sugar, increase mental alertness and even help minimize tooth decay.
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