Food is not only a necessity to keep your body healthy and strong, but it is also a delicacy that can delight your taste buds and make dinner an amazing experience rather than just a routine part of life. But when you're a picky eater, your meals can be less of a transcendental moment and more of a struggle to find something beyond buttered pasta that you can eat with gusto. So if you're tired of being picky and want to change – even a little bit – the way you approach foods, then here's what you need to know.
Indulge In Spices
Very few foods taste great all by themselves, so don't be afraid to turn to your well-stocked spice rack and add some flavor into every dish. A food that you think you dislike could just be a type of food that you haven't found your preferred spice (or herb) mix for. For example, if carrots just taste too bitter to you to even think about eating them, slicing them up and sautéing them in a pan with some butter and brown sugar creates a slightly savory, slightly sweet side dish that brings out a flavor in carrots that you didn't know existed.
The best way to figure out what spices you like with what foods is to experiment, so don't be afraid to ask your friends, family, and even the waiters at your favorite restaurants what they use for their food.
Try Everything (At Least) Twice
It's so easy as a picky eater to try something once, dislike it, and immediately swear that food off for all time – but before you exile green beans or eggplant, take a step back and try it again. It's up to you when you try it again (in a few days, a week, etc.) but the important thing here is to not let one bad experience make you hate a food forever.
If you really can't stand the taste of corn, for example, try boiling, baking, grilling, or stir-frying it to experience the different tastes and textures that come from cooking them different ways. Lots of times it might not be the food itself that you dislike, but the method of preparation. Trying a food at least twice gives you a chance to identify the method of cooking you prefer for that food, and opens up your palate just that little bit.
Travel the World
No, you don't actually have to hop on a plane and go to five or six different continents to sample their food, but it is a good idea to try foods from many different cultures. Too often people feel strapped in to whatever type of cuisine they had growing up, which can block you from a whole array of ingredients, spice mixes, and flavors that you may love.
If you're not confident enough to just walk into an Asian or European market and start plucking things off shelves, try going to different restaurants, or ordering food online, that are known for being authentic to their homeland's cuisine and order a few smaller dishes to give yourself a bit of variety. Even if you don't like everything you eat, you may find something you love – and that's one more dish you can add to your menuShare
28 September 2016
When it comes to running a restaurant, it isn't easy to do everything right. When I opened my first place, I decided to fill the menu with family favorites. Unfortunately, my selections fell flat when our place actually opened, which caused a lot of financial trouble. However, after years of trying different foods and testing them out with the public, I have been able to tailor our menu for our customer base. This website is designed to help you to do the same thing. Check out these articles that can help you to learn more about ingredients, food safety, and menu selections.