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!
MELONS - At any time of the year, prices for melons are a big turn off. They are extremely high and it's usually quite hard to justify spending the extra money which is why Summer is such a magical time. Honeydews, Cantaloupes, and Watermelons are all in season during the summer which means lots of melons are on the menu. Watermelons are fabulous on their own but are delicious in juices as well. Cantaloupes are fabulous in smoothies with other orange fruit and veg and honeydews are simply delicious on their own. Take advantage of their lower prices while you can!
BERRIES - Have you ever wanted a big, juicy strawberry but cringed at the price in the market? Summer is your time to let loose on the berries. Strawberries, Blackberries, Cherries, Blueberries, and Raspberries, are all in season so it's the perfect time to overindulge. Berries are fabulous on their own but are great in fruit or savoury salads, desserts, or even your morning smoothies. Take advantage of their lower prices and make sure to eat a variety!
ASIAN PEARS - Have y'all tried asian pears before? They look and eat like crisp apples but taste like a milder version of a familiar pear. They're crispy, fresh, and delicious! I enjoy eating them solo but you can also enjoy them juiced.
ZUCCHINI - Yaaaaass! I use a lot of zucchinis so when they come into season, it's a good day! I use zucchinis in so many different ways at home. They're a great pasta substitute in spaghetti, lasagne, and cannelloni for example while also being delicious eaten raw in salads. They're one of the most versatile veggies on the market so take advantage!
BELL PEPPERS - Bright and colourful bell peppers are in season! There are so many ways to enjoy bell peppers. You can stuff them, bake them, saute them, barbecue them, and eat them raw. Make sure to try and buy organic, they're at the top of the dirty dozen list when it comes to pesticides!
CORN - I am a serious lover of corn on the cob. Boiled, baked, grilled, or barbecued, corn is seriously one of my faves! It also happens to be significantly cheaper this time of year! No southern boil or family barbecue is complete without cobs of golden corn! Enjoy it on its own with some butter and pepper flakes or use it up in soups, salads, and other savoury dishes.
SUGAR SNAP PEAS - Crispy, fresh, and addictive, snap peas are in season! They're delightful to enjoy as a snack but can be utilized in stir fries, soups, and salads as well. They provide a welcome pop of freshness and a crisp that can't be beat!
Get to the market and stock up on summer produce! It's one of the best times of year for fresh produce so take full advantage!
Garlic is a glorious thing. It packs an enormous flavour for such a tiny little package and it comes with a slew of health benefits as well. Interestingly, there are a few things you must do to get the absolute most out of your cloves. Have you ever thrown a few cloves of garlic into your dish and struggled to taste them? Considering they pack a ton of flavour, you'd expect to be able to detect them in your dish.
For as long as I've been cooking, I've always known that you must work with your garlic prior to using it. Crushing, chopping, mincing, all of these methods will bring out the flavour of your garlic prior to using it. Typically, I'll crush my cloves immediately and let them sit while I prep the other ingredients. This activates their flavours and brings out their potency so that I know I'm getting the most flavour out of every clove. It's not all about their flavour though!
This little kitchen hack will help you get the very best out of your cloves. I like to crush my garlic prior to chopping or putting it through the garlic press. Try giving your cloves a crush right at the start of prepping and leaving them until you're ready to add them. For the full story, head to the link at the top of the page.
Shopping for groceries is like, my favourite thing in the world. I love the feeling of walking through the market and allowing produce or ingredients to inspire me. It definitely gets my creative juices flowing that's for sure!
When I became a Vegetarian, it took quite a long time to understand my new diet and the restrictions that came along with it. There was lots of confusion and lots of reading. I took the time to read every package that came with an ingredients label or nutritional information. Knowledge is definitely power in this situation and the more I learned, the easier shopping became. I've gathered a few tips that I wanted to share with you guys when it comes to shopping. Just a few things I've picked up and learned over the years that might just help some of you out!
5. There are certain additives and preservatives that are notoriously bad for our health. Here's a little list of ingredients to look out for when shopping!
I hope these tips help you out even just a little with your next shopping trip. It's worth taking the time and knowing what's in your products especially when ingredients that are very bad for us could be hiding in our favourite foods!
Jonathan - Happy Veg
Dedicated Foodie. Proud Vegetarian. Recipe Creator. Friend to all Animals.