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Cooking With Fresh Flavors

Spicing up a meal doesn't have to cost you calories. Test your cooking know-how with this quiz.

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Cooking With Fresh Flavors
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these seasonings can help give fruit a richer dessert feel?

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The correct answer is: A dash of cinnamon gives fruits, such as bananas and melons, a richer dessert feel.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Basil is a great flavor addition to which of these foods?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Basil is a very versatile herb. It's wonderful with eggs, fish and shellfish, beef, liver, veal, tomato sauce, soups, pasta, green salad and vegetables.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Bay leaf is only good in soups and stews.

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The correct answer is: This is false. In addition to being a great addition to soups and stews, bay leaf is good with beef, white fish and tomato dishes.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can provide a quick burst of flavor without adding calories?

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The correct answer is: Non-fatty additions like vinegar or lemon juice can give a dish a low-calorie kick. They can be added to the cooking liquids for grains and to tomato sauces for pasta. Or they can be sprinkled on sautéed vegetables or fresh berries and fruits.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these herbs when added to jarred pasta sauce can brighten the flavor?

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The correct answer is: Add oregano to a bottled pasta sauce to brighten the flavor. Basil works in this application, too.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can you use to add juiciness to dry turkey meat without adding oil?

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The correct answer is: Add finely chopped onions to a turkey burger or turkey meatball to enhance its juiciness.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Crushing dried herbs before adding them to food helps release their flavor.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Crush dried herbs gently before adding them to foods. Crushing releases their flavors to make them more potent.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can cut the calories from mashed potatoes by adding roasted garlic or chives instead of butter.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Add roasted garlic and chives to mashed potatoes or mashed parsnip instead of butter. The flavor explosion won't leave you missing the fat.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these seasonings makes a healthier alternative to salt?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. You can use garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne, cumin or even coriander to add flavor without salt.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you're using fresh herbs instead of dry, you should use two times the amount.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The rule of thumb for fresh-to-dry herb ratio is to use three times more fresh herbs than dried.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

For the most flavor impact, when should you add fresh herbs?

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The correct answer is: Preserve the flavor of fresh herbs by adding them at the end of the cooking process.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods makes for a tasty low-calorie flavoring on chicken and fish?

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The correct answer is: Both of the above. Give your protein extra low-calorie flavor by adding a salsa or chutney instead of a fatty cream sauce.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods is a lower-calorie alternative to peanuts?

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The correct answer is: You can have three one-third cup servings (one full cup) of roasted chickpeas, compared to only one one-third cup serving of all nuts (including cashews and pistachios). Roast chickpeas with spices and a touch of olive oil for a healthy, crunchy snack.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Old dried spices have as much flavor as fresher dried spices.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Use only fresh spices. Old spices will taste flat and have less flavor, and if they taste flat, so will the end product!

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods makes a creamy, healthy substitute for mayonnaise on sandwiches?

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The correct answer is: Instead of adding mayonnaise to a sandwich, mash up an avocado. Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and you'll be adding fiber and vitamin C to your meal.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Using coffee in low-fat chocolate desserts imparts a deep, rich flavor without adding calories.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Using coffee instead of water in cocoa-based recipes is another great way to intensify the cocoa taste in low-fat and nonfat baked goods.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: You will not get good results if you sauté onions in anything other than butter.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Instead of sautéing onions in oil, you can cook them in stock. You'll get the same results, and you'll impart more flavor in the onions, too.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these makes a more flavorful, lower-calorie alternative to butter in mashed potatoes?

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The correct answer is: You can use low-sodium chicken broth to add flavor to mashed potatoes instead of calorie-rich mayonnaise and olive oil.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these spices makes a great flavorful addition to beans and legumes?

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The correct answer is: The taste of cumin is a great complement to the hearty flavor of legumes such as lentils, garbanzo beans and black beans.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Hummus is a creamy, flavorful substitute for mayonnaise on sandwiches.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Spread your sandwich with hummus instead of mayo, and you'll not only get less fat, you'll have a whole different flavor experience. Different hummus varieties can be found in most supermarkets and specialty grocers.

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