Do cooking shows make you feel worse about your own meals? After watching a few too many episodes of the Food Network, I suddenly want bust out the double boilers, ice baths, and ramekins, and go crazy. And although it’s fun to go all out for a dinner party or holiday, such time-intensive recipes aren’t always great if it’s just a Tuesday evening and dinner time is fast approaching. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make your meal more interesting without spending forever putting it together.
The little tweaks will help you serve up dinners that are rich in flavor, easy to prepare, and also pretty dang impressive. It’s just enough to take your dishes from bland to bam in no time. After all, who says good cooking requires a dozen ingredients and hours of kitchen prep? Use these easy tips to make addictive eggplant parm, super-spiced chicken, and even the most fun taco salad you’ll ever eat. And when your dinner guests ask about your culinary secrets, you can just pretend it’s some special ingredient that only top chefs know about. They’ll never guess it’s just chicken broth or fresh basil. Read on to perfect these excellent cooking shortcuts.