Jessica Sepel, who is based in Sydney, shared her top cooking essentials, explaining that they make a ‘dramatic difference to her motivation to cook’.
‘It also saves me so much time and means my meals are always bursting with flavour,’ Jessica wrote on JSHealth.
‘I usually have these ingredients laid out near my stove or on my kitchen bench. I highly recommend doing the same.’
So what are the things to keep in your kitchen?
Commonly added to curries and on freshly seared fish, chilli flakes have the power to lift just about any dish.
Research has also revealed that red chilli flakes and other peppers help to stimulate metabolism and prevent fat storage.
‘A little spice makes everything nice! I love topping my meals with a pinch of chilli flakes to add an extra punch of flavour,’ Miss Sepel said.
When it comes to cooking, we are always looking for a balance between core flavour profiles, the nutritionist explained.
‘Fresh lemon juice has an acidic flavour which is one of the key elements. I use lemon juice to make a simple dressing and add some freshness to my meals,’ Ms Sepel said.
‘I also like to use the whole fruit by zesting the lemon and using the zest as a garnish on my salad, to make my lemon and herb chicken or on top of my morning porridge.’
This is an easy one to add to the pan with a little bit of olive oil to deliciously flavour just about any home-cooked meal.
‘Garlic always lifts a meal to the next level,’ Miss Sepel commented.
‘I love to sauté my vegetables in some freshly crushed or sliced garlic. Simple and delicious.’
For those who like their meals hot this additive is often used to flavour curries of all kinds.
But it can also be a wonderful additive to hummus, egg salad, popcorn and even dressings.
‘I add curry powder to my cauliflower rice, and use it to make a quick and easy curry with coconut milk or sprinkle it over my vegetables before roasting,’ Miss Sepel said.
‘A sprinkle of sesame seeds on top of a nourish bowl, sautéed vegetables or roasted vegetables not only looks beautiful but adds a nutty flavour that I adore,’ she explained.
They are extremely good for your skin and hair, and packed with copper, magnesium and calcium.
Adding them to the top of your takeaway sushi will also work wonders to the quality of your meal.
The addition of salt to a meal adds depth and also enhances the natural flavours.
‘I use sea salt which has a stronger flavour which means you need to use less,’ Ms Sepel explained.
Salt is essential for sustaining the hydration levels in the body.