Diabetes Forecast

Flavor 4 Ways

Indulge your taste buds with sweet, spicy, smoky, and tart flavors

Photographer: Chris Hennessey/Photo Director: Stacey Heston

Wake up your taste buds! Food Editor Robyn Webb, MS, LN, takes us on a flavor tour inspired by top trends from the foodie scene.


Sweet foods ignite the pleasure centers in the brain. In these savory recipes with a twist, aromatic cinnamon, mint, watermelon, and vanilla complement the rich tones of pork and chicken and the tang of blue cheese.

Cinnamon and Ginger Pork With Raisins and Mint
Aromatic spices, fruity raisins, and cooling fresh mint (which have us dreaming of travels to the Mediterranean and North Africa) flavor a lean but hearty cut of pork.

Watermelon Chicken Sandwiches
Open-faced sandwiches cut the carbs and let you enjoy each layer of goodness. You’ll want a knife and fork to devour this light main dish.

Raspberry-Walnut Salad With Vanilla Vinaigrette


Smokiness doesn’t have to come from flames. In these rustic recipes, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, and—surprise!—smoky tea leaves introduce just a hint of campfire and deepen the flavor of other ingredients.

Smoky White Beans and Spinach
This generous dish is a delicious way to add more nonstarchy veggies to your meals—perfect for vegetarians and vegans!

Green Tea–Poached Mahimahi
A favorite drink—green tea—makes a delightfully fragrant poaching liquid for good-for-you fish.

Smoky Mushrooms
Note: At the start of the roasting process, the mushrooms will release liquid. As they continue to roast, the mushrooms will reabsorb the liquid and will become brown and glossy.


We’re celebrating the aromatic treasures of pods, seeds, and fragrant barks that can be ground, crushed, toasted, and more to perk up ordinary food. Spice is nice, indeed.

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
What a way to end a meal: strawberries, chocolate, and a little bit of flavor fireworks. Turn up the heat with hot chili powder; use mild for just a touch of peppery goodness.

Dukkah-Spiced Chicken
The nut-and-spice condiment called Dukkah hails from Egypt. It adds layers of aroma and flavor to chicken.

Sweet Potato Masala
Garam masala is a common spice mixture from India. Toasting brings out the essence of the peppercorns, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, and cardamom that often flavor the mix.


The zing’s the thing. Here, citrus—including peels, juice, and the colorful esh—adds an artful touch of tart to seafood and a favorite vegetable.

Slow-Roasted Citrus Cod
The zing’s the thing. Here, citrus—including peels, juice, and the colorful flesh—adds an artful touch of tart to seafood and a favorite vegetable. This cod-with-a-twist looks and tastes impossibly elegant for such an easy-to-make main dish.

Roasted Asparagus With Lime Sauce
It’s easy being green! Roasting makes asparagus sweeter, and lime provides a wake-up call.

Seared Scallops With Grapefruit-Avocado Salad
This is the most refreshing seafood salad we’ve tasted this season—the kiss of grapefruit is tart at its best!



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