By In the Pantry | In The Pantry – Wed, Jul 24, 2013 3:36 PM EDT
Use spices instead of salt. It's always good to cut down on using salt in recipes. Opt for fresh or dried spices to add more flavor and kick to your dishes, especially if you're making a sauce. Said Mollenkamp, "That's a really great time...it can come to its full flavor or what we call blooming when it comes to cooking."
Use raw or roasted walnuts instead of croutons. You'll add more nutrition and texture to your dish. Mollenkamp recommends that you toast the walnuts on a baking sheet in an oven set at 250 degrees.
Use rolled oats instead of breadcrumbs on panko. If you want the oats to have a fine texture like breadcrumbs, put them in a food processor and pulse them a few times.
Use white whole-wheat flour instead of regular all-purpose flour. "The 'white' part is really important because it won't have that same chewy texture, real nuttiness that whole wheat flour has, said Mollenkamp.