Monthly Archives: March 2015

Healthy Food You Should Prepare Each Week

Let’s face the truth – when you suddenly get hungry, you won’t spend time preparing something healthy, you’ll just reach for some unhealthy snack, right? Although there is nothing wrong with allowing yourself this “guilty pleasure” from time to time, you should concentrate on preparing healthy food that will keep you full until your next meal.

• Quinoa

Preparing quinoa is very easy, so it’s usually recommended to prep and eat it before sleep. Just boil two cups of quinoa with four cups of water; then leave it on the stove for 7-10 minutes, cool it down, add almond milk, frozen veggies or chopped walnuts and voila – you’ve prepared your healthy dinner in less than 20 minutes!

• Roasted Vegetables

Maybe you prefer meat over vegetables, but hey, give them a chance! Roasted vegetables can be very tasty (not to mention healthy) if you prepare them correctly. Take broccoli, cauliflower and other veggies you like, sprinkle with olive oil and fresh herbs, roast at 200oC until slightly burnt. If you’re preparing the veggies in the morning, you can toss them into an omelet.

• Unsurpassed Salad

Good, old salad is considered to be the healthiest meal. You can make salad from almost anything. For example, try mixing celery, jicama, carrots and green peppers. This will make a solid base for toppings like feta and chickpeas or shrimp and corn. Bon appetite!

Tips For Cooking Without Making A Mess

Cooking can be a fun thing to do…until you reach a point when you have to wash every single bowl you used. So, in order to make your life simpler, here are 5 tips about how to cook without making a mess.

1. Roasting and baking – Parchment paper is well known for keeping things clean when it comes to roasting and baking. It has several uses – first of all, the pan won’t get dirty, so all you have to do after baking is simply wash it under cold water. And second, this paper can even be reused – not only do you save your money, but you’re keeping your pans clean.

2. “Organic” bowl – Things like peeling garlic or chopping fruit or vegetables can create too much mess in your kitchen. In order to avoid that, place a bowl on your counter so you can easily sweep all organic waste into it.

3. Useful mug – Putting a mug on your counter can be very useful if you use it to keep all your utensils in it while cooking. This way you’ll know where your ‘’tools’’ are, and you won’t have to lose time looking for a spoon.

4. Cooking spray – There is one very useful trick that will save your time and will keep your kitchen clean. When you need to do a lot of measuring, use a cooking spray on your measuring spoons or cups. By doing this, all the liquids will glide out without any mess.

5. Wrap it – If you’re cooking using a recipe from a laptop or cookbook, place a piece of plastic wrap over the top to protect it. This pretty useful trick will save your device – or your grandma’s valuable cookbook.

How To Make Coconut Oil Popcorn

Level 101 – Coconut

Coconut is widely used for different purposes – our mums use it to give a finishing touch to a cake, chemical industries use it to enrich body milk, body shower lotion etc. You can even find coconut fragrances. Coconut has a special place in the kitchen – it can be used for cakes (as aforementioned), or it can be used for popcorns, for example. Coconut oil popcorns are special type of delicacy.

Ingredients

For start, you’ll need one large heavy bottom pot, where you’ll prepare your popcorns. Other basic ingredients you’ll need include:
• ½ cup organic popping corn
• 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
• sea salt

This is all what you’ll need for basic preparation. Adding optional flavorings is totally possible, and the it would be the best for you to choose between these flavorings:
• cinnamon and sugar
• curry powder and pepper
• cayenne and cumin
• chili powder and cumin
• taco flavoring and nutritional yeast
• nutritional yeast in combination with cumin or chili powder
• onion salt and oregano with parmesan cheese
• lemon zest and dill weed

Some of these flavorings may sound strange to you, but the weirdest combinations turn out to be the best.

Preparation

1. Heat your pot maximum to medium heat – be careful, you don’t want to over medium heat because, in that case, your popcorns won’t be as delicious as they can be.
2. The second step is quite simple – all you have to do is to add the coconut oil and wait until it’s completely melted. Whit that done, you can continue with preparation. Here you can do a check – put a few kernels into the pot and if they’re popping, then the oil is ready.
3. Once the oil is hot enough and the ‘’testing’’ kernels have popped, you can put the rest of the popcorns and cover the pot.
4. Upon hearing the popping of the kernels, it seems as pure logic to start shaking the pot. Continue to do so in 10-second intervals, right up to the point when you hear the popping become slower. From then on, either turn off the heat or remove the pot and give the kernels one last 20 seconds long shake in order to prevent the burning of the bottom popcorn.
5. After you no longer hear the kernels popping, put the popcorns into a bowl, add salt and optional flavorings.

Spice Up Your Meal

You’ve found the perfect recipe online, purchased the ingredients and now you’re ready to start cooking. But, if you really want to be a true master chef, you’ll need to learn how to use spices to your advantage.A perfectly prepared dish doesn’t guarantee success unless it’s well seasoned. You should forget all about “conventional” spices and start a journey on which you’ll learn something more about rare and unusual spices.

Fennel pollen – Fennel pollen is very rare due to the fact that it’s extracted from wild fennel which can be found only in Italy and California. Wild fennel has a much stronger and sweeter taste that the “regular” one. Because it’s rare, it’s also expensive, so be prepared to pay around $25 per ounce.

Saffron –Saffron is made from the dried up stigma of the crocus plant. Just as the previous spice, saffron is also very expensive, but it’s worth every cent. It has a long shelf life and you’ll need very small amounts per dish, so buying saffron can be a very good investment.

Sumac – Sumac is probably the most affordable spice – it costs around $1 per ounce. It has a sour, citrusy flavor, something similar to lemon, so the best results will be achieved if you use it to season seafood dishes.

How To Prepare Sweet Corn

There’s not a person in the world that doesn’t enjoy perfectly prepared sweet corn in the summer. Preparing this delicious and refreshing vegetable has never been so easy. Here you’ll be presented with the three most popular and easy ways to prepare the perfect sweet corn.

No 1 – Boling

This classic method of preparing sweet corn has the longest “mileage” of all the methods, but it still takes time and practice to bring it to perfection. Remove the outer husk and silk from the corn, add a tablespoon of salt in the boiling water and then add the corn. If you have fresh corn, cook it for 3-5 minutes, otherwise you should cook for 6-8 minutes.

No 2 – Grilling

During hot summers, many vendors go out on the streets, grill corn and sell it to others. Grilled corn is popular because of its specific smoky flavor. Start by removing the husk and silk and then brush the corn with olive oil (don’t use butter, sometimes it can burn). After doing this, put the husk back onto the corn and secure it with a piece of string or aluminum foil. Grill it for around 15 minutes (until the husks are toasted).

No 3 – Microwave

This relatively new method offers a quick and easy way to prepare sweet corn. If you want to cook without making a mess, leave the corn in its husk and microwave two at a time for 4-6 minutes (depending on the freshness of the corn). Just be careful – after microwaving, it’ll need a few minutes to cool down. After that, you can clean the husk and silk and serve.