We have five basics tastes:
  1. Sweet
  2. Sour
  3. Bitter
  4. Salty
  5. And

    one you may not know you had: Umami

walnut mushroom meat cravingWhile sodium delivers saltiness, and sugar delivers sweetness, glutamate delivers umami.  (Yes, the same glutamate found in the taste enhancing MSG  – . monosodium glutamate – and why it's used as a taste enhancer).Red meats excite umami receptors on your tongue, but so do:

  • Mushrooms
  • Ripe tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Soy sauce

Great chefs give careful thought as to how to excite the umami taste receptors. 

On your delicious journey to healthier eating, you too should cook to excite your senses for umami.

This roasted mushroom with walnut pesto sauce is a go-to-recipe in our household when big-red-meat cravings need to be satisfied.