I use my garlic press often in the kitchen. I love how easy it is to use and I especially love that it intensifies the flavours of the garlic after being pressed through. When you're looking for that flavour, the press is the way to go.
While I was doing some work online, I came across this post that condemns the garlic press. I wanted to touch on their points because I couldn't disagree more!
LET'S LOOK AT SOME NUTRITIONAL STATS FOR WATERMELONS
Watermelons contain good amounts of vitamins A, C, and B6, fiber, potassium, and thiamin. Watermelons also have large amounts of carotenoids and phytonutrients including lycopene. Lycopene is a phytonutrient available in almost all red fruits and vegetables with many reported health benefits.
Not only are watermelons a perfect summer treat, but as you can see, they're wonderful for us! All the more reason to enjoy them as they come into their prime. Who can deny the allure of a juicy, vibrant wedge of watermelon in the summer?
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Keep an eye out for these delicious little berries when you're at the fruitmarket next!
I found this article this morning and wanted to share it with you guys because they offer some great tips on what to have in your freezer at all times. Although there were a few I was unaware of or didn't do myself, most of the list is super handy and great advice. Here's a quick list of what they suggested having and what I always have on hand!
Their list is great but I want to elaborate on a few things!
Do you have any freezer tips you want to share? Leave your comments below or on facebook / twitter! I wanna hear from you!
For as long as I've been cooking, I've always thought a sprinkling of something green and fresh was the perfect way to finish off a dish. Whether it's parsley, cilantro, basil, or something else, that pop of freshness is always a wonderful way to finish off a dish. Herbs are extremely flavourful but did you guys know that they were extremely good for you as well?
I know I've promoted parsley to y'all before as much more than a garnish but the fact is, most herbs are nutritious and full of antioxidants and vitamins beneficial to our bodies. Here's a little breakdown of what you can expect from some of the more popular herbs used in everyday cooking.
As you can see, herbs are so much more than flavourful, pretty garnishes. They contain a variety of body benefitting vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients. Use as much herbage as you can in the kitchen to add additional nutritional value to your dishes and keep things fresh and flavourful.
Want to know more? Head to www.nutrition-and-you.com/healthy-herbs.html for all of the information on herbs and their benefits.
When I first started this blog, I had very little experience / knowledge in the kitchen. I would regularly get flustered because of lack of organization or a messy work space. There's so much to learn when it comes to cooking and especially when it comes to making cooking fun and easy. I know from experience how difficult it is to execute a recipe when there's a million other things happening around you at the same time.
In the three years that I've been doing this blog, I've not only improved on my cooking, but I've also found a few tricks to make everyday cooking a breeze. There are some easy things to remember to keep your time in the kitchen stress free and your recipes on point!
4. STORE PRODUCE PROPERLY
5. MAKE A LIST
I say this to you guys time and time again and I can't stress it enough, eating your colours is crucial for your body's well being. When you look at a plate of fried food, you see brown and unless that brown is coming from beans, chances are that your plate is devoid of any nutritional value.
Every single vegetable and fruit has its own unique benefits to the body and the colours of the veggies / fruit are also indicative of their nutritional statistics. Basically, eating a plate of colourful food means eating a plate of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are so important for our bodies. As a general rule of thumb, you should at least see 3 colours on your plate and that's not including that green parsley garnish either :p The more colours in your dinner the better off you'll be and that's a fact!
Let's break down these colours and what they each contribute to your plate!
When it comes to colours, fruits and veggies that are more vibrant and richly hued typically have more of these antioxidants. For example, the lycopene in a tomato is much more abundant after the tomato has been cooked which also evidently deepens the colour of the tomato. Something to remember!
Stuffed butternut squash is one of the easiest ways to get an abundance of veggies in one big, delicious package. Not only are you getting all that wonderful, nutrient rich squash, but you have an opportunity to stuff it with an assortment of vegetables!
Also, oranges have a reputation for having exceptional amounts of Vitamin C but you can actually find more per serving in fruits / veggies like bell peppers, kale, papaya, and strawberries. Eating a variety is key!
The richer the colour, the more concentration of antioxidants. Blueberries are particularly great because they contain an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients and don't cause blood sugar spikes. You can easily incorporate more blueberries into your diets by adding them to smoothies, topping your yogurt parfait with a handful, or including them in your salads!
Eating a variety of greens is easy when you consider your options. A salad is a great way to get leafy greens and other veggies all in one package. Try swapping out your iceberg for a darker, leafy green if possible and don't forget a squeeze of lime over your dinner!
Even white vegetables have their own unique flavonoids and antioxidants. That's why it's so important to include a VARIETY of delicious produce in your diet!
Keep your plates full of colour and your body will be all the better for it!
--BEANS BEANS THE MAGICAL FRUIT--
As you can see, dried beans are by far the better choice. Don't be discouraged from using canned in a pinch though. Simply make sure to buy the low sodium / salt free cans to keep the sodium levels as low as possible.
1. They're coated in a waxy film that you must wash off prior to utilizing the tomatillo. Make sure to thoroughly rinse the tomatillos and dry them off with a clean paper towel.
2. Tomatillos are tangy and slightly acidic. They can be enjoyed raw but I suggest you taste a piece before deciding how you want to utilize them. Raw salsa is one of the best preparations for the tomatillo. Mix it into a tomato based salsa for a fresh and acidic pop.
3. Tomatillos are absolutely delicious roasted. Many recipes online suggest roasting them for salsa verdes and I also roasted mine. Once roasted, they're subtly sweet and the acidity is toned down a touch. Blend them up and mix them with fresh onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and other salsa ingredients. So delicious!
If you spot them at the market, snatch some up. You can use them a variety of ways and if you're unsure, google some recipe ideas! I always google recipe ideas when I'm working with a new ingredient! Comparing recipes, you'll find the tips and ingredients you need to create your own dish!
Jonathan - Happy Veg
Dedicated Foodie. Proud Vegetarian. Recipe Creator. Friend to all Animals.