A candy commercial once advertised its product as being "two great tastes that taste great together." If you're a foodie, you've undoubtedly combined two things that at first glance would seem to be opposites, but together were really tasty. If you're in the mood to play with your taste buds, here are three food combos that might look strange but could become new favorites in your eating plan.
Coffee and Butter
If you've heard of "bulletproof" coffee, you already know about this particular combination. Before you say no to putting something in your coffee that you usually put on toast, think about it — you add cream to your coffee, right? Butter is merely cream with the water removed, and maybe a little salt. Those on ketogenic or low carb diets have sung the praises of this concoction as a great breakfast that's full of healthy fats and keeps you satisfied until your next meal. Unsalted grass-fed butter adds the most flavor and packs the biggest health kick, although any unsalted supermarket butter will do as well. Just whiz the mixture in your blender for a minute or so, and you've got a beverage that looks and tastes like a latte with a bigger nutritional punch.
Smoothies and Essential Oils
Essential oils aren't just for skin care and scenting. Adding a few drops of oils can help enhance taste in a sugar-free smoothie. Smoothies made with green vegetables, particularly leafy ones like spinach and kale, can benefit from the addition of orange or lemon oil or even oregano oil for a savory component. doTERRA recommends essential oil blends that use citrus oils can also be added to water to make them tangier and invigorating. As the health benefits of essential oils gain greater attention, using them in a fruit or vegetable smoothie makes perfect sense.
Chili Peppers and FruitHispanic Kitchen describes a popular street food in Mexico and other Central American countries, cocteles de frutas brings together sweet, tart, hot and cool. Fruit such as watermelon, papaya or mango is sprinkled with a mix of powdered chilies and squirted with lime juice. Raw vegetables such as cucumbers and jicama also benefit from the spice and acid. This is definitely a "don't knock it if you haven't tried it" dish, and the peppers used don't have to be firestorms--store-bought chili powder will do the trick nicely.
Whether it's for health or taste, playing with different food combinations will bring out a cook's creativity. It only takes a little imagination to make food delicious!