Cooking Is a Newfound Hobby of Mine

Felicia Atkinson

Affordable ingredients I use to cook with.
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Cooking is a new hobby of mine. I had baked a few recipes over the past few years, but it wasn’t until recently when I started really getting into baking and making new recipes.

I know others, like myself, started cooking more this past year. Although it’s not something I did much in the past, it’s something I do everyday now. I meal prep food for work, make my own baked goods, and it’s a great way to not only eat healthier, but to save money as well. Here are three ingredients I love using when cooking.

Nutritional Yeast

I love nutritional yeast for two reasons. For one, nutritional yeast is high in vitamin B12, which is a vitamin primarily found in animal products. Since I’m vegan, I eat nutritional yeast to get sufficient vitamin B12 in my diet.

And for two, I love the taste of nutritional yeast. People tend to describe nutritional yeast as a cheesy substitute, but in all honesty, it has its own unique flavor. It’s not identical to cheese, but it still tastes incredible.

This is one of my favorite ingredients to use when cooking because it adds an incredible flavor to any meal. One of my favorite breakfasts to make is tofu scramble, which is a concoction consisting of tofu, spices, veggies, and nutritional yeast. It’s super tasty and flavorful, and it never disappoints.

If you haven’t tried nutritional yeast, then you definitely have to try it out. Although it’s a great ingredient for vegans to use, it’s also something that anyone can enjoy. Add it to your pasta, tacos, and nourish bowls. It can be added to so many different meals and it always adds the perfect amount of flavor.

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

This specialty item is at Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s where you live, I’m truly sorry. It’s a really unique grocery store because they carry a variety of products, and they always have new foods for the different seasons.

One of my favorite finds ever at Trader Joe’s is the everything but the bagel seasoning. It’s an ingredient one of my friends introduced me to, and I seriously didn’t know how much I was missing out until I tried it.

Think of it like an everything bagel, but in seasoning form. Everything bagels are my favorite type of bagels which is why I probably like this seasoning so much.

In my opinion, it’s best on avocado toast, however, it’s great to add to other foods as well. Better yet, it’s super inexpensive. It only costs a few dollars and it is definitely worth the hype.

Cinnamon (Ceylon)

The first two ingredients are more salty. This last one is sweet: cinnamon. I recently bought Ceylon cinnamon and I absolutely love it. I’ve always been a fan of cinnamon, but I hadn’t tried Ceylon cinnamon until recently.

I saw it at a really large grocery store and thought I’d give it a try. It was also pretty inexpensive, and cinnamon is something that always lasts a while.

If you know me, then you know my favorite breakfast is oatmeal. I even love making baked oats for dessert, and I almost always throw some cinnamon in it. Cinnamon baked in your oats or just added as a topping is truly a game changer.

Cinnamon has a really unique flavor and it’s something that I seriously can’t live without. You can add cinnamon to your oatmeal, toast, and baked goods. It’s super versatile and can enhance the flavor of any breakfast or treat.

Cooking is fun for so many reasons, but there are a few key ingredients that I always use when I’m cooking in the kithcen. Nutritional yeast, everything but the bagel seasoning, and cinnamon are three ingredients that I add to my meals almost every day.

These ingredients are not only inexpensive, but they enhance the flavor of any meal. Spices and seasonings are truly the secret ingredient when cooking. Don’t underestimate the power of spices.

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I'm an avid runner and a passionate vegan. I enjoy writing about food, work, productivity, health, fitness, and more!

Raleigh, NC

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