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Whether you’re a picky eater or not, trying different foods that are opposite in flavors, or mixing sweet and salty things may seem daunting. It’s natural that we like to stay within our comfort zone and eat things that our palette is used to. Surprisingly, there are different foods and flavors that are so opposite you would never even think of trying them but are delicious. Take Hawaiian pizza for example – pineapples sitting atop cheese and marinara sauce with some sliced ham. This popular pizza topping is a hit for most people and is often underrated when it comes to enjoying its sweet and savory flavor.
Reasons To Try Different Foods Together
Changes Up Your Diet
Eating the same thing over and over again can be very boring, especially those sad work lunches that just aren’t cutting it anymore. Sure, the odd but classic peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich may not be for some, but things like a summer watermelon and feta cheese salad are crisp and refreshing. Sweet and savory things like cranberry pepper jelly dip are great for charcuterie boards or having on a cheeseburger, or just spicing up your classic lunch sandwich.
M&M’s and popcorn mixed together make a tasty nighttime movie snack, and french fries and ice cream pair well together since the starchy, salty taste from the fries compliments the sweet ice cream. Remember to keep an open mind, as some combinations may surprise you!
Easy Weeknight Dinners
On a busy weeknight after work, the last thing you want to do is try and prepare an entire meal from scratch. Or maybe, you didn’t get a chance to go to the grocery store and you only have a few staple ingredients in your cupboard. Whatever the case may be, grab things that you have on hand that would complement each other, but probably wouldn’t be your first choice of ingredient. The next thing you prepare dinner with the items left in your cupboard, it may become a family favorite!
Openness When Traveling
To someone that’s used to eating the same meals all the time like chicken, potatoes, and green beans, heading to another country or even down south may be a little daunting. Paris is famous for its escargot, and Georgia is known for its shrimp and grits. Being used to experimenting with different flavors and kinds of food will allow you to enjoy ordering at many different restaurants when traveling.
Always remember that if you are nervous about trying two totally different food items together, sweet and salty go very well together, so next time you see burgers with cranberry sauce as a topping, try it first before heading to the local Chick-fil-a.