Monthly Archives: August 2015

How To Make Roasted Vegetables

Admit it – you prefer eating hamburgers and drinking Cola over eating freshly roasted vegetables or well-cooked homemade meal. Most of us are accustomed to eating at McDonalds, Burger King etc. (We don’t say it’s bad to eat there – it’s okay once in a while. But if it grows into your everyday habit, then you should consider making a big change regarding your menu). The main reason why we love food “out of home” is because it tastes great. But, did you know that you can also make delicious meals at your home? And by “delicious meals” it’s meant “vegetable meals.”

One of the most popular ways to prepare vegetables is to roast them. All you’ll need are these few ingredients:

• 1 large head of broccoli (florets need to be chopped of the stalk);
• 1 large yellow squash, chopped into half-moons;
• 1 large zucchini, chopped into half-moons;
• 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves;
• 3 chopped carrots;
• 10 oz. of sliced Portobello mushrooms;
• ¼ cup of olive oil;
• 2-3 tablespoons of kosher salt and
• 2 tablespoons of ground black pepper.

Don’t be scared by this list of ingredients. Preparation process is rather very simple:

1. Preheat oven to 425oF (220oC).
2. Take a large bowl and toss all the vegetables in together with olive oil, salt and pepper.
3. Divide the vegetables among two jelly roll pans.
4. Roast vegetables for 35-40 minutes, removing the vegetables from the oven every 15 minutes to stir around. Enjoy!

Cooking For Seniors – How To Make Great Meals

Healthy senior nutrition doesn’t have to be tasteless – there are bunch of ways to improve and strengthen the flavor. A few tips written in this article can help you make better and tastier meals for seniors.

No salt is allowed

Salt is probably the worst thing you can add to a meal. It’s proven that salt has many negative effects on our overall health, if it’s used on a daily basis (and if it’s used more than recommended). That’s why you should find a way to amp up the flavor without adding salt. You’d be surprised to know how many “allies” you have here – fresh herbs, spices, onions, garlic, ginger, citrus, vinegar etc.

Say no to unhealthy fats

If your seniors need to be on a heart-healthy diet, it doesn’t mean they can’t consume fats at all. It only means that they should replace unhealthy with healthy fats. The key is to avoid trans fats and saturated fats, and to use monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats instead. These types of fats can increase good cholesterol and protect against heart disease. Good fats include olive and canona oil and can also be found in avocados, salmon, flaxseed, nuts, soy milk and tofu.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

If you’re one of those people who don’t like hot whether too much, you’re probably looking for ways to cool down. Eating something cold, like ice cream, can be really helpful. If you don’t want to go out to the store to buy ice cream, check out this awesome recipe for homemade strawberry ice cream.

Basically, all the ingredients you’ll need are:
• One pound of strawberries,
• Two cups of heavy cream,
• One cup of milk and
• 2/3 cup of sugar.

The first step is to wash and trim the strawberries and cut them into slices. Place half of the sliced strawberries in a food processor or blender and puree. Then combine milk, sugar and cream in a saucepan, set the medium heat and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved. Pour the cooked mixture into a large bowl and add strawberry puree. Mix everything well. Put the bowl into a refrigerator until it’s completely cool.

While you’re waiting for the mixture to cool, dice the remaining sliced strawberries into smaller pieces to mix into the ice cream. Pour the cooled cream mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to instructions. Towards the end of this process, stir in the dices strawberries. Freeze the ice cream for at least two hours.

Basic Tools For Every Kitchen – Part Three

In our previous articles, we’ve talked about some of the basic tools every kitchen and chef should have. Here we bring you the third and final part of our list of basic tools.
Instant read thermometer – If you’re a person who has to prepare lots of meat, an instant read thermometer will be great for you. A digital thermometer is practically invaluable for you. A few degrees can mean the difference between a tender and a tough steak and the best way to confirm that roast chicken is done is with that thermometer.

Kitchen shears – Some of you may think that kitchen shears are an unnecessary expense, but once you get them they will become the essential tool in your kitchen. They can cut through almost all types of meat and they are the easiest way for cutting up proteins into small pieces.

Spatula – A kitchen without a spatula is like a bird without its wings. A spatula is perfect for flipping eggs, pancakes, hamburger/tuna/salmon/zucchini patties etc. This tool allows you to flip even the most misbehaving patties you could possibly imagine.