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How To Add A Little Extra Luxury To Your Everyday Dishes Without Breaking The Bank

There’s always an unsung hero that makes every delicious meal. You might not figure it out from the first taste, but there’s always that essential ingredient that can give your dishes that extra dose of sophistication and luxury. We learned as much at the recent #AWholeLotofLove event organized by leading dairy brand Anchor and hosted by cookbook author and mom Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi. We picked up great ideas on how to make our everyday dishes go upscale in easy, inexpensive ways.

Add a pinch of cinnamon to a creamy vegetable soup

A hot pot of pumpkin soup (or any creamy vegetable soup) in all its glory can fill you up in an instant. To literally spice up your soup, add a hint of cinnamon. It’ll give an extra dimension to this comforting and nutrient-rich soup. And to ensure a rich, smooth consistency, pour some cream for a little extra luxury.

Flavor fried food with Parmesan cheese and serve with marinara sauce

Get full on light flavors with everyone’s favorite fried food, whether it’s chicken, fish, or French fries. To flavor your fries, throw some salted butter in the pan for a rich, buttery taste in every bite. Top the fries with grated Parmesan cheese to add a little salty contrast in what’s already a delicious mix. And to up your culinary game, serve fried fish with marinara sauce instead of ketchup. You can either whip this up yourself or buy a jar of ready-made sauce from the grocery.

Add luxury to pasta sauce with truffle oil

Any meal with the word “truffle” in its name already gives off an air of sophistication you can literally smell. White Truffle Pasta is pretty easy to make, too! Treat the cream sauce like a blank canvas, transforming it with different flavors such as truffle, bacon, and Parmesan cheese. To dial down on the saltiness, it’s best to use unsalted butter. And if you’re feeling like unleashing your inner top chef, add a poached egg for an extra bit of indulgence and pizazz.

Give your dessert a hint of Grand Marnier

Don’t let the fancy name fool you. This Mango Caramel Grand Marnier is pretty simple to whip up at home. Top a warm waffle with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle some caramel sauce, add sliced mangoes, and a touch of whipped cream. And to make your caramel sauce a tad more sophisticated, add a dash of Grand Marnier or orange-flavored liqueur.

Enrich your dishes with 100% dairy

Whether you’re looking to make a simple lunch or planning to whip up something special for the weekend, adding dairy to your recipes can give your food an instant touch of luxury. Cooking anything in butter, whether eggs, chicken, fish, or vegetables imparts an instant flavor boost. Adding cream to your sauces gives them a rich sheen and velvety texture. What’s even better is that, with over 200 nutrients, dairy is one of the richest food sources of calcium and Vitamin D, both vital for bone health. Anchor’s dairy products—cheese, cream cheese, cream, butter, milk, milk powder—contain no GMOs and are sourced from New Zealand’s grass-fed cows which produce milk that’s naturally rich in antioxidants.