Cookbook giveaway - Gizzi's Healthy Appetite

Gizzi's Healthy Appetite book cover

Chef Gizzi Erskine doesn't believe that healthy eating should be boring. That philosophy is reflected in her latest cookbook, Gizzi's Healthy Appetite: Food to Nourish the Body and Feed the Soul, which pumps up healthy ingredients with bold flavours and palate-pleasing textures. You can read an excerpt from the book's introduction on the EYB blog.

We're delighted to offer 5 copies of Gizzi's Healthy Appetite to EYB Members. The contest is limited to Members in the USA and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section to this blog post:

What's your go-to method for perking up a healthy but bland ingredient?

Please note that you must be signed into the Rafflecopter contest before posting the comment or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends February 24, 2016.

45 Comments

  • sgump  on  1/27/2016 at 8:31 PM

    Freshly made tofu in Asia is anything but bland, but all I can get my hands on in my small town in Central Iowa is the mass-produced type in those square plastic cartons. Fortunately, even the mass-produced type takes very well to Asian flavorings, and I still love to pair tofu with fresh ginger, spring onions, and soy sauce (or, if I'm lucky to have any on hand, ponzu). Bland + zippy and flavorful = well, zippy and flavorful.

  • decorates  on  1/27/2016 at 9:18 PM

    Garlic is a wonderful way to get some extra flavor in. I know some people find it too strong but it's never let me down.

  • okcook  on  1/27/2016 at 11:15 PM

    A small amount of red or green curry paste available at Asian markets add flavour and a little heat. Easy to incorporate into sauces or soups or dressings.

  • vickster  on  1/28/2016 at 8:37 AM

    Smoked paprika

  • Siegal  on  1/28/2016 at 1:04 PM

    I find sour cream always helpS

  • Acequiamadre.nm  on  1/28/2016 at 7:35 PM

    New Mexican Chile.

  • katdennis  on  1/28/2016 at 9:41 PM

    My go to is seasoning salt or spices and herbs.

  • pandapotamus  on  1/28/2016 at 11:32 PM

    garlic!

  • MagpieT  on  1/28/2016 at 11:37 PM

    Squeeze of lemon or lime

  • trudys_person  on  1/28/2016 at 11:41 PM

    Salt - which is probably not the right answer! A squeeze of citrus or a bit of heat is good too ...

  • yvonneday  on  1/29/2016 at 12:30 AM

    Fresh herbs

  • wjsisung  on  1/29/2016 at 4:57 AM

    Seasoning blend

  • jlemoine  on  1/29/2016 at 5:45 AM

    Roasting almost any vegetable until just slightly charred. We've always done this with root veg and have recently started with broccoli or Brussels sprouts. Simple and delish!

  • MmeFleiss  on  1/29/2016 at 7:47 AM

    Spices!

  • beckyogini  on  1/29/2016 at 9:01 AM

    depends on the bland ingredient :) I like to add sliced almonds and a bit of cinnamon to plain oatmeal

  • DFed  on  1/29/2016 at 9:14 AM

    Depends on the ingredient, but spices always help!

  • BglLvr  on  1/29/2016 at 11:23 AM

    If the ingredient itself is the problem, I usually add some type of heat (moist, dry - whatever the situation dictates). If it is a recipe that needs a bit of punch, I use one (or more) of 4 ingredients to add a bit of pop -- lemon juice (or vinegar in a pinch), EVOO, sea salt, or maple syrup (or honey if my bees have had a good year!) ;-)

  • Gorge_us  on  1/29/2016 at 12:17 PM

    Hot chiles!

  • rstuart  on  1/30/2016 at 1:11 PM

    Lemon juice!

  • lauriesk  on  1/30/2016 at 4:34 PM

    Pink Himalayan sea salt.

  • TrishaCP  on  1/31/2016 at 7:08 AM

    Lemons and fresh herbs

  • jupflute  on  2/1/2016 at 10:37 AM

    spices

  • kimboston206  on  2/1/2016 at 8:55 PM

    Spices, fresh herbs, fresh ginger, or a squeeze of lemon

  • Analyze  on  2/3/2016 at 8:01 AM

    Cheese helps :)

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  2/3/2016 at 11:00 AM

    I use lemon to zest up bland flavours.

  • angelanorr  on  2/4/2016 at 11:59 AM

    chipotle in adobo

  • ballen  on  2/7/2016 at 7:23 PM

    Fresh lemon or lime.

  • love2chow  on  2/9/2016 at 3:40 PM

    chipotle powder

  • SuzanneL  on  2/12/2016 at 4:49 PM

    Lemon zest!

  • Lynled  on  2/12/2016 at 4:55 PM

    A homemade mixture of dried garlic, lemon peel, dried rosemary, dried herbs on hand and pepper!

  • eathealthybeef  on  2/12/2016 at 5:16 PM

    Cinnamon is a marvelous secret spice that adds depth to relatively plain i desserts, sweetness to a simple pork or cut of grass-fed beef, and intrigue to cauliflower or kale. I like playing with the different Cinnamons including Vietnamese and Ceylon. I also sprinkle it on greek yogurt...no other sweetner needed. Also, a friend of mine who is battling cancer swears by it. Magical.

  • topdawg11  on  2/12/2016 at 6:14 PM

    Heat, such as minced jalapeno or serrano peppers. Organic of course.

  • Nancith  on  2/13/2016 at 9:29 AM

    for bland greens, flavored vinegars do wonders.

  • mfl  on  2/14/2016 at 5:58 AM

    lemon juice

  • ladibyrd  on  2/14/2016 at 7:54 AM

    Plenty of spices from our local Savory Spice Shop.

  • Drmiggy  on  2/15/2016 at 7:12 AM

    Minced herbs and aromatics like shallot with a splash of sherry vinegar

  • Deneenm  on  2/15/2016 at 8:50 PM

    adding acid, shallots & roasting

  • Kimberly62  on  2/16/2016 at 2:46 PM

    citrus or spice

  • sbh2006  on  2/17/2016 at 5:07 AM

    My trick is to use a variety of spices and sauces; depending on the ingredient (say, konnyaku), I layer with pepper (shichimi togarashi is great), yuzu paste, soy, etc. For greens, I love my Fustini's balsamic vinegars (especially maple and espresso!). For spice, I love to add gojuchang or curry paste. I love to chiffonade shiso and myoga as they provide a refreshing (and unexpected) counterpoint.

  • sillyvy  on  2/17/2016 at 11:46 PM

    using herbs, spices, and infused oil!

  • ballen  on  2/19/2016 at 5:01 PM

    freshly ground pepper

  • DJ0309  on  2/20/2016 at 5:29 PM

    Definitely, herbs and spices. I usually use garlic and onion powder.

  • contest718  on  2/20/2016 at 11:45 PM

    Lemon and garlic. We love garlic in our house so much that it is hard to find a recipe that isn't overloaded with it. I also make all my own salad dressing so at least I know what is going into the dressing.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  2/22/2016 at 8:54 PM

    Olive oil with a little bit of salt and pepper and a nice roasting in the oven

  • pgarcia  on  2/24/2016 at 12:56 PM

    Unique spice blends, squirt of lemon, flavored olive oil, flavored balsamic vinegar, etc.

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