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Hi! I do almost all my roasting and stir-frying with a lot of spices because I feel like it's too dull without them. Do you have recipes that need only a little amount of spices? I feel like I'm putting too much. Thanks!
Hi Michelle:Almost all the recipes can be made with fewer spices. To limit the spiciness of hot peppers, you can substitute sweet paprika for the flavor without overwhelming heat.
In your opinion, where's the best place to find sweet paprkia? I've tried all the stores here, but most of them are just plain spicy and no sweetness at all. It would be better to have a little contrast in taste. Thanks!
My case is way different than Michelle. Instead of spices, I always add sweeteners on my dishes, even stir fried. I'm always craving for that sweet hint. Even though my doctor advised less sugar intake, I use low calorie sweeteners.
Hopefully you're not diagnosed with diabetes. My mom and I use diabetic sweeteners, altough we're not diabetic. We just love desserts and sweet dishes, that's why we're now a bit cautious.
Hi Misty. Like the author said, we can try sweet paprika. I haven't tasted that yet, but from the name itself, I'm sure it has a sweet hint. Instead of sugar, why don't you try sweet paprika? It's gonna be better than our traditional sweeteners, plus, there aren't any proven disadvantages of paprika to our health.
Sweet paprika also called "dolce" can be ground in specialty food stores or even on Amazon.com. Sweet paprika isn't actually "sweet," but has a mild, full-bodied red pepper flavor without the heat.
And Misty, one good way to add sweetness to dishes is to caramelize your vegetables before using them in your recipes. Stevia and honey are natural sweetners that make good alternatives to granulated sugar or corn syrup.