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    24 Things To Add To Your Food To Help Make Basically Any Meal Taste Better

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    1. Mike's Hot Honey for adding the perfect mix of sweet and spicy to just about any food you can think of. Hint: it works especially well with savory foods like chicken, burgers, roasted veggies, and both frozen and fresh pizzas.


    Promising review: "This is now a staple for my kitchen. How I cooked without it before, I'll never know. Makes the best vinaigrette ever, quick pan sauces for pork, unexpected zip in dozens of dishes. Does it come in gallons? I have given it away as a gift several times and everyone gets hooked." — Martha Ronemus

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    2. Za'atar — an aromatic Middle Eastern spice mix combining flavors like thyme, oregano, marjoram, toasted sesame seeds, and salt. It'll instantly add the mouthwatering flavors of the Mediterranean to an array of foods., Amazon

    Promising review: "This za'atar is the best quality I have found. I've also found that the balance of sumac and thyme to be just right. This instantly spices up my boring meal prep food and I put it on my chicken, meats, salads, yogurt, or just in olive oil--basically it makes everything taste so much better. I highly recommend it!" — TC

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. Imitation bacon bits so you can add that smoky, meaty flavor to salads, potatoes, beans, soups, rice, and more! Plus, they're meat-free and certified kosher, and heck of a lot easier than having to actually make bacon and then cut it up into tiny pieces.


    Promising review: "It's so hard to find these in my neighborhood, so not only is it an incredible value for a tasty product, but the convenience can't be beat. I sprinkle them on salads, potatoes (mashed, baked, cheesy fries), and black beans with rice. A wonderfully salty little boost. Arrived quickly without issue." —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $1.54.

    4. Soy sauce for amping up the flavor of ramen noodles, rice, stir fry, meat, seafood, veggies, and homemade sushi — just to name a few!

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    Promising review: "Having a container specifically for soy sauce makes it easier to find in the fridge. It also makes eating Chinese/Japanese food or white rice feel more authentic — like I'm in a restaurant." —Android Zulu

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.29.

    5. Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel Seasoning that, I for one, could sprinkle on just about anything, including but not limited to avocado toast, eggs, homemade or store-bought bagels, regular toast, pasta — the possibilities are endless with this stuff.

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    This stuff is quite literally the seeds and salt found on Everything Bagels stripped off the bagels and put into a jar. Now look, I have a lot of favorite Trader Joe's products that I can write essays on my love for, but this one is one of my absolute favorites. I can't ever be without this in my spice cabinet, and in fact, all this talking about it is making me want to go eat a mashed avocado mixed with this seasoning. So, that's what I'm going to do while you go buy this. Check out the rest of my review here.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.65.

    6. A beer-infused BBQ sauce set for seriously upgrading your BBQ sauce game. And as if the whole beer-infused thing wasn't enough, it comes in three delicious flavors — Sweet & Smokey, Thai Style Sriracha, and Honey Mustard.


    Promising review: "Bought these as a fun gift for my fiancé, and he LOVES them! We use them a lot on grilled chicken, but he likes it for dipping and for other meats, too. Unique flavors and a unique gift. Would buy it again!" —Brittany

    Get a set of three from UncommonGoods for $35.

    7. A jar of strawberry preserves for spreading on toast, making a "fancier" peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and utilizing for baking. You could even get creative and give savory dishes a sweet kick.


    Promising review: This is by far the very best jam I have ever tasted. I’ve paid just a few dollars less for so-called “artisan” or “organic” jam, and nothing has even come close to this product. It has a true strawberry flavor with just a touch of tartness. Not to be missed!" —Karen C. Stroup

    Get it from Amazon for $11.18.

    8. A big bottle of cinnamon that'll last you a while and can be used in tons of different ways. Add a little sprinkle to your morning oatmeal, mix-up your morning coffee with a cup of homemade cappuccino, add some appeal to your fruit by making a baked apple, or whip up a sweet treat for the family like cinnamon sugar donuts or cinnamon rolls.


    Promising review: "I love the McCormick brand cinnamon, I use it a lot for baking. I forgot to buy some at the store and turned to Amazon since I was all out. This is such a great deal!! You get so much for an amazing price. I won’t buy the expensive little bottles anymore." —Madeline

    Get it from Amazon for $6.39.

    9. Red pepper flakes to give your dishes a nice spicy kick without being too overpowering. Ever try red pepper flakes on avocado toast? Do it. You won't regret it.

    Promising review: "I like crushed red pepper. I'm one of those people who will put it on pizza, almost any soup, and more. You can get crushed red pepper at a lot of different places, including those dollar stores. Because of that, people tend to think that they are all the same or there is little difference between them. Please do not buy dollar store crushed red pepper. It's usually stale, mostly seeds, and overall terrible quality. Buy this stuff instead. It's really nice quality, crushed red pepper. The bottle I got was pretty fresh and did not go overboard in terms of seeds or other fillers. If you think I'm crazy, buy a bottle of this, buy a bottle of dollar store stuff, and compare them side by side. You will see a difference. I mean physically SEE a difference. Then when you try it, you'll notice that you need to use a lot less of the Happy Belly to get the job done. When considering that, does the dollar store stuff really save you any money?" —A. Antonio

    Get it from Amazon for $3.15.

    10. Sir Kensington's Chipotle Mayo that I can personally tell you is INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS. As an avid chipotle mayo fan, I have tried tons of them, heard great things about this one, and now I'll never go back. It can be mixed into rice, eggs, and meat. You can add it tacos, sandwiches, and wraps. Plus, it makes for a great dip for veggies and chips!

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    Promising review: "My favorite condiment ever!!! Goes really well with quesadillas." —Nayan Walia

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.96.

    11. Chicken stock — a good idea to keep on-hand for numerous recipes. You can use it to make a wide variety of chicken dishes from scratch, making chicken noodle soup, and instead of using water to make ramen noodles, replace with chicken stock for a more satisfying meal!


    Promising review: "I first used this soup base at the small family restaurant where I worked. This base is amazing. You can add it to a recipe without being limited by all the salt and MSG that is in most chicken bases. The flavor is VERY good, and makes a huge improvement to the meal. I use it in chicken and dumplings, chicken pot pie, chicken stew, and everybody's favorite chicken noodle soup. I recommend it highly, and I will be buying it again as needed." —Mimi

    Get it from Amazon for $7.21.

    12. And while we're on the subject, beef stock is another great option when it comes to ramen noodles. You can also use it to make French Onion soup (as seen below), and lots of other yummy recipes.


    Promising review: "Excellent product and great price. Perfect for soup base, gravy, roasts, and much more. Doesn't take much of this stuff to add good flavor to foods so it really will last a good while. Well worth it because now I don't have to hold back gagging when the wife asks if dinner is OK." —L&J

    Get it from Amazon for $12.31.

    13. OR if you'd like to give your ramen noodles a creamier consistency, you can try coconut milk! And an overall way to make packaged ramen feel more like a meal? Add vegetables, meat, shrimp, or tofu, and top with an egg!

    When you're not using this coconut milk for ramen, or if you wanna buy coconut milk with zero intentions of using it for ramen, it can also be used as a dairy-free milk alternative in baking, coffee, cereal, and more.

    Promising review: "I am so glad I decided to give this organic coconut milk a try. This is the best coconut milk — it has that sweet, delicious coconut flavor like no other. I tried a lot of different kinds of coconut milk, but they were all plain and lacked flavor, but Native Forest organic coconut milk is bursting with flavor. I recommend this product 100%, and of course I will buy it again." —Goryann

    Get a pack of 12 cans from Amazon for $26.64.

    14. Garlic powder that allows you to add the pungent, but wonderful flavor of garlic to anything you're eating without needing to keep fresh garlic on hand.


    Promising review: "I love using garlic to cook and having a big jar of garlic powder is a necessity. It's extremely versatile as I can use it with anything, anywhere. I primarily use it to season my meats before I grill or bake them, but on the days I'm feeling lazy and don't want to smash some garlic, I just sprinkle this onto whatever I'm cooking instead of using the real thing." —Stop Jack

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    15. A 5-pound jar of peanut butter — yes you read that correctly — at a great price. Just for reference, if I go into my local grocery store, a jar about a fifth of the size of this one is only a little than half the price. So, yeah, you're welcome.


    Promising review: "So glad that Amazon sells this! Our local Walmart stopped selling the big tubs and my husband and I go through peanut butter like crazy! Thank you Amazon for being amazing!" —Stacey

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    16. An organic date syrup that contains less sugar than honey and has a caramel taste, making it great to add to coffee, yogurt, tea, oatmeal, baked treats, and salad dressing recipes!


    Promising review: "A great product. I like dates and have been eating and using them in recipes for a while, but this is the first time I've used, or even heard of, date syrup. When I first saw it I thought it was a brilliant idea, and it turns out it really is. I've used it as an alternative sweetener in various recipes and just drizzled it on straight and it's been great in every application. It works great, tastes great, and is more nutritious, too. I'll definitely be ordering more." —Scott Quirico

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. A seasoning blend you're bound to want to put on everything the first time you try it — we're talking buttered corn (even canned corn!), popcorn, veggies, meat, seafood, tacos, and potatoes.

    Trader Joe's

    Promising review: "First they said add mayo to your corn and I was like ok, maybe, and I did and it was good. Then I found this and it's like an inspiration to eat corn with every meal — but don't because you will probably get an intestinal blockage. BUT, if you do eat corn, use this seasoning." —sherry l white

    Get it from Amazon for $7.66.

    18. Freeze-dried chives that'll help eliminate the need for going to the store to buy fresh chives. Whatever you enjoy eating that could use some onion flavor, sprinkle this in! Eggs, potatoes, soups, I mean come on, everything should have onion flavor mixed into it.


    Promising review: "I use this in my egg salad and everyone just raves over it. I served egg salad sandwiches at a large gathering recently and many people kept coming back for more and seeking me out to compliment me on it. I believe these chives can be credited with making my egg salad superior." —Sharon Edwards

    Get it from Amazon for $4.29.

    19. Nutella for satisfying that chocolatey hazelnut craving any time it strikes, which rightfully so, might be all the time. Add it to frozen waffles, a peanut butter sandwich, smoothies and milkshakes, toast, or just eat it out of the jar!


    Promising review: "This Nutella is a lower price than at my local grocery store, so I purchased it on Amazon. Product arrived quickly and fresh with smooth texture. It's perfect on fresh strawberries or sliced toast. I'm enjoying it mixed into Nutella Lattes at home — so delicious!

    Here's how to make Nutella Lattes: fill cup with espresso, stir in one tablespoon of Nutella until it melts, add frothy milk, top with whipping cream, then sprinkle on Belgian Chocolate Curls (found on Amazon)! Oh so good!!" —Christine Abraham

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    20. Truffle hot sauce that'll basically be the most ~fancy~ hot sauce you've ever tried. It has the spiciness you love in hot sauce, of course, infused with a rich truffle taste. It's like eating at a five-star restaurant, even if you're drizzling it onto a microwaved meal.


    Promising review: "I really love this hot sauce, the pungent truffle aroma goes very well with the amount of spice in this sauce. Keep in mind that the sauce tastes better paired with food than on its own. Definitely one of the most unique and best hot sauces I’ve tried." —Michael Mercer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

    21. Dried basil leaves for giving foods like pasta, meat, poultry, seafood, veggies, salads, and pizzas an Italian taste. Basil truly just makes everything taste... better.


    Promising review: "The basil arrived just minutes ago, and I had to get a taste of it. As expected, it's deeeee-lish-us! As I've been doing for a long, long time, I'll be sprinkling it on almost everything that goes into my belly. Haven't done it yet, but I've even thought about trying it on vanilla ice cream." —Oldieman

    Get it from Amazon for $6.90.

    22. Lemon peel seasoning that'll make it a heck of a lot easier to add the citrusy goodness to both sweet and savory foods than shedding blood, sweat, and tears into grinding by hand. Not being dramatic or anything.


    Promising review: "Love this product. I had previously been grinding my own. What a hassle. This just pours out easily and takes a second. I'll never grind again. Tastes great too. I add it to my cereal every morning for extra health benefits." —Shari Rosenman

    Get it from Amazon for $6.78.

    23. Taco Bell original taco seasoning to jazz up ground beef. Also try it with ground turkey, fish, chicken, seafood, steak, or vegetarian options like tofu and veggies!


    Promising review: "Now I can get Taco Bell flavor on grass-fed ground beef with no fillers. Even tastier than going to Taco Bell. Hey, I'm not a purist. I just prioritize. Update: I'm vegan now for health reasons, and this stuff works great on French lentils!" —ABC MOM

    Get a pack of 24 packets from Amazon for $16.

    24. Cookie Butter that makes a great alternative to the same ole' spreading peanut butter on bread thing. It's also great for baking, and even better for eating by the spoonful when you want a sweet treat.


    Promising review: "I ordered this to use in a bread pudding recipe. It worked well in the recipe, and is absolutely delicious eaten on crackers, or just by itself. I love gingerbread, ginger snaps, and Speculoos/Biscoff cookies. At first, experiencing that flavor in a soft spread was a little strange, then it grew on me. It's delicious, and tastes kind of like eating the batter out of the mixing bowl when you're baking. It arrived on time and may have been one of the most carefully packed items that I've ever received form Amazon. I'll be ordering more soon." —Lin in NYC

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.60.

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