I think you will find that when you control the ingredients (fresh, frozen, canned...), and skip the preservatives, massive sugar and/or sodium, Taste shines through.What surprised me the most was how much more I enjoyed the meals I cooked versus those ready made products.
I always wanted to take a cooking class and learn basic sauces, what herbs go with what.... but just end up experimenting. Yeah, most of my brilliance cannot be repeated because I don't know what I did.
At some point I will experiment with cauliflower. I like it fine, but now that it's showing up everywhere (pizza crust?) it deserves more consideration from me than just broccoli's pale side kick.