Saturday September 24, 2016
The Spice of Life
Q: There is nothing I hate more than bland food. Many times, when I eat at the house of a friend or relative, there is no spice in the food and I end up reaching for the easiest solution: black pepper. However, none of the GenoTypes can eat black pepper. What can I do to keep my food spicy?
A: Just because you should avoid black pepper if you want to reach your true genetic potential doesn't mean you are doomed to a lifetime of tasteless slop and bland dishes. Yes, pepper is everywhere, but there are thousands of spices out there, and each GenoType can partake of some that will invigorate not only the tongue but the whole body.
- Hunter- Sure, it may not be pepper, but curry is twice as spicy and just as versatile. This staple in Indian and other Asian cuisines can light up just about any dish if your tongue can handle it.
- Gatherer- You may be used to finding it on the plate as a garnish, but parsley is actually one of the most potent herbs out there. Try sprinkling a little bit on just about any vegetable and see how it comes to life. Even better, chew parsley after a meal to freshen your breath.
- Teacher- You may be used to finding it on the plate as a garnish, but parsley is actually one of the most potent herbs out there. Try sprinkling a little bit on just about any vegetable and see how it comes to life. Even better, chew parsley after a meal to freshen your breath.
- Explorer- Not everyone loves cilantro, but this South American favorite can add a wallop to just about anything. Cilantro is great in dressings, salads, stir-fries, salsa, and just about anything with a Mexican flavor. No matter what some people say, it's a valuable herb to have around the house.
- Warrior- Soy sauce can season in a pinch and is just about as ubiquitous as black pepper. Known for its saltiness, this Asian favorite is delicious on rice (naturally) but is also a wonderful way to marinate vegetables, meat, fish, or tofu with a little extra flair.
- Nomad- Every GenoType can have garlic, and just about everyone under the sun can benefit from it. Garlic is full of flavor and produces a great aroma when sautéed, and it confers countless health benefits, including cardiovascular benefits.