Salt and sugar are often what our taste buds are attracted to most! In the past, our kitchens at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House used lots of “Chicken Base” to enhance flavor, but it is expensive and unhealthy as it is made mostly of salt.
Over the last 6 years, we have cut out chicken base entirely and have replaced with lemon juice and lemon zest along with fresh and dried herbs to add and enhance flavors. When choosing whether to opt for dried herbs over fresh herbs, we recommend using fresh parsley, cilantro and basil over their dried counterparts because the taste, texture and color is substantially better.
For sugar substitutes, we use honey, molasses, orange juice or apple sauce in place of white sugar. These sweeteners are less refined, have nutrients and are great for adding and enhancing flavors. Try some of these substitutes in your favorite recipes!
Remember, if you are cooking for young children, you are developing their taste buds. If you put too much salt or sugar in the food, they will crave this in their diet for the rest of their lives. It is a big responsibility!