MenuDirections 2012: Day 1 Photos

The first day of the conference offered attendees a slew of healthy ideas and a taste of Charleston.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 1, Stealth Health, Michelle Dudash

Dudash recommended such sodium-lacking flavor boosters as herbs and spices, seasonal ingredients, raisin-juice concentrate, alternative preparation techniques, dried fruits and “pops” of ingredients like sriracha, capers and olives.

For instance, she said, bay leaf and thyme can add punch to any soup, and cumin and coriander are particularly good for bean soups. Nutmeg brings out the richness of creamy soups.

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