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The Height of Flavor: Glutamate Cooking: Healthy Eating


I have made spaghetti and clam sauce, lasagna, and many other pasta dishes for years. They always tasted pretty good, but it wasn’t until I ate some Brushetta over a friends house one summer afternoon that my tastebuds registered an off the charts flavor. 

Wow, I know you made this Bruschetta with home grown tomatoes but what is the seasoning you used? My friend said, “Just salt, pepper, and a little anchovy paste.”

"Anchovy paste? I didn’t taste anything fishing?"
Another evening I had spaghetti Puttanesca and I recognized the same intensity of flavor: anchovy paste. I just recently found out that the WOW in anchovy paste, Worcestershire sauce, Asian fish sauces along with Parmesan cheese, mushrooms, and tomato paste is glutamate. This is the amino acid used to make the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate. The foods that naturally contain high amounts of glutamate act as flavor enhancers
So, if you put together a dish and it’s taste is a little dull before you reach for the salt, you might want to pour a little Worcestershire sauce over your meat, or add a little in anchovy paste to your pasta. Combine glutamate rich foods for even more flavor. Mushrooms seasoned with Worcestershire sauce are delicious over chicken or pasta and anchovy paste, tomato paste and Parmesan cheese are an excellent foundation for a sauce. 
Download a brochure from the International Glutamate Information Service. It lists several glutamate rich foods that will enhance the taste of your cooking. Below is a list of recipes from my blog that contain glutamate rich foods; I can assure you they are quiet delicious. 
Bon Appetite
Sunday: Leftovers
Meatless Monday: Barley Squash Risotto with White Beans and a salad.
Tuesday: Chicken Soup and Homemade Bread.
Thursday: Chicken Casserole
Friday: Orange Flounder, mashed potato/parsnips, Swiss Chard.

Saturday: Beef Stew with Homemade Bread.

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  1. Your recipes look amazing. I can tell I am going to like visiting your space. Blessings, Maeghan

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Love the title of your blog, it is definitely a challenge to lead a simple life in the city. More power to you.

  2. I love bruschetta. Thank you so much for linking this to Must Try Monday!

  3. Yum! I love anchovies - they really do add so much flavor. Puttanesca sauce is one of my favorites for just that reason.

    1. They really have a bad reputation. I wouldn't eat them on their own but in sauces they are incredible.

  4. This looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

    1. Understanding glutamate cooking has been an inspiration for me.

  5. What a delicious menu plan! I agree about the anchovy paste, it really can add an amazing flavour to things. You don't taste the fish at all, and it's really delicious. Thank you for sharing another delicious post with us at Hearth and Soul.

    1. I still feel I haven't sold many people on it, but when they have a dish made with anchovy paste they usually become converts. PS: I really am enjoying your blog. The bird posting was amazing, such courage.

  6. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.


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