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Garlic, shallots, and ginger not only add tons of flavor to whatever dish they’re in, they can also add tons of nutritional value to your diet. You may have your tried-and-true recipes that feature these tasty additions, but have you been looking for a way to broaden your horizons? Start using one of these simple spices! We have some ideas to inspire your next cooking session.

Incorporating Spices Into Your Diet

Ways to incorporate garlic — Garlic makes a perfect addition to many salad dressings and marinades, infusing its flavor into whatever dish you prepare. If you’re looking to really amp up the flavor of your food, adding mashed cloves into dishes like mashed potatoes and soups or stews will ensure a bold garlic flavor. If you’re wanting to add garlic to your diet purely for the nutritional benefits, there are garlic supplements available, as well. 

Ways to incorporate ginger —  Ginger is commonly known for its ability to help soothe an upset stomach and relieve sinus issues. Drinking a hot ginger tea is a great way to ingest ginger as the hot water soothes sore throats. Ginger-infused coffee is also a tasty treat. You can also sneak ginger into your smoothie for a zesty kick. Candied ginger is a tasty salad garnish, and savory dishes like fish or stir fry can benefit from the kick of some freshly grated ginger. 

Ways to incorporate shallots — Much like garlic, shallots are a wonderful “secret” ingredient to add to sauces and dressings. Shallots are also delicious in many varieties of salads and vegetable dishes. Dips can also greatly benefit from the flavor profile of shallots! Cooked shallots impart a mild and slightly sweet flavor to your dish. If you decide to sauté shallots for a dish, keep a close eye on them, as they can over-caramelize quickly and potentially add a charred flavor instead of a savory one. 

The good news about adding garlic, ginger, and shallots to your diet is that you have many options to choose from. Get creative and enjoy some new flavors in your favorite dishes!