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Take a baked sweet potato beyond the realm of semi-healthy comfort food by adding miso paste. Roast the potato directly on your oven rack for about 40 minutes at 350ºF, then split open, scoop out the insides, and add a teaspoon of miso paste. Mash with a fork and return to the potato skin.
Boxed couscous is a brilliant weeknight dinner dish, largely because it can be made in less than 10 minutes (unlike rice or pasta, which can take twice as long). Add about one tablespoon of sun-dried tomato pesto per cup of couscous for just the right balance of sweet and tart.
When subsisting on packaged ramen, there are many ways to add extra flavor, but all too many require a trip to the store for perishable items. If you're already in for the night, just add a teaspoon of Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix with a splash of water to cooked and drained noodles. This broth-less ramen dish tastes almost like an Italian carbonara pasta with its savory flavor.
Whether you’re breaking out the frying pan or simply slapping some cheese between two tortillas and hitting “start” on the microwave, your quesadilla should always have a healthy slather of the Korean hot pepper paste known as gochujang. The condiment is rich and spicy like barbecue sauce and feels so at home next to molten cheese.
While an excellent source of lean protein, turkey meatballs often lack the flavor of their beef counterparts. Not so once you add cumin. Starting with a pound of ground turkey, mix in 2 tablespoons of cumin, form into 1-inch balls, and pan-fry in olive oil.