In my opinion, if you want this way of eating to feel like a lifestyle (which it is), as opposed to a diet (which it's not) you need to enjoy the food that you're creating and eating. I eat food that is good for my body, but I definitely need/want to enjoy it. A good steak really only needs salt and pepper (and butter doesn't hurt), but chicken, pork, a few random cuts of beef...please give me something more. Enter spice mixes! Whether you purchase from WS or just use their mixes as inspiration, don't be afraid to add a little spice to your cooking. You have the potential to turn a bland stir-fry of meat and veggies into an international delight and totally recreate a meal remake with just a little added spice.
Here are a few examples:
Liven up your Stir-Fry with Chinese Five Spice or turn it into a flavorful curry with an exotic Curry Blend and the addition of coconut milk...Japanese, Thai, Indian, African...there are so many options.
I made this Salmon with a little raw honey, fresh orange, sea salt Cinnamon, Smoked Paprika, and Ancho Chile Powder:
Season this Roast with Ras El Hanout and serve with roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach for a Moroccan-style flavor. Or, this Wild Porcini Sea Salt, Carrots, and Parnips for a more earthy, hearty meal.
This Slow Roasted Chicken has so much potential; use Pizza Seasoning and serve shredded, over Spaghetti Squash for an Italian-inspired meal. Or, season with Lemon Herb and serve with Summer squash, for a more vibrant, light meal.
No, I don't work for Williams-Sonoma and I have not tried all of these spice blends...I just felt the need to share. I visit their website often, for recipe inspiration and have recently tried their Smoked Sea Salt, Wild Porcini Mushroom Salt, and Sumac (a really interesting way to "freshen" a rich dish)...all have been really tasty and fresh-tasting. Peruse their site and order them for yourself or just look for inspiration and buy them elsewhere. You can always create your own blends, usually at a significant savings...it's just a matter of getting the blend just right.
Here are some Spice Blends that I've made and used at home. Enjoy!