Food Tips for Cooking
All people of all ages can enjoy tasty, nutritional meals. For some of us, this is easier than others. Some people are blessed with the ability to cook anything and it turns out great. Others haven’t had that kind of luck. This article will give you some food tips for cooking so your next meal will be a success even if it’s your first time trying it!
1. When possible, do not reheat previously cooked foods. Once cooked, their nutritional value starts to decrease which reduces their taste and quality. Try eating leftovers within two days or consider freezing them for later use in case you don’t want to eat them right away.
2. There may be times when you are in a rush to get dinner on the table for your family. Make it easier on yourself by cooking multiple items at once. This includes baking several different dishes in the oven, making food in large batches and freezing remaining portions for later use, etc.
3. There is a variety of ethnic foods available today that make it easy to add fun and adventure to any meal. Be adventurous and try something new from time to time.
4. Try using mustard or apple cider vinegar instead of high-calorie salad dressings.
5. Use spices! Granulated garlic, rosemary, basil, thyme, cayenne pepper, oregano, and other spices can enhance the taste of foods that you wouldn’t expect.
6. Get creative with your cooking and try using interesting and unique combinations of food and spices to make a dish even tastier.
7. When adding oils or fats to a recipe, use substitutes such as apple sauce or applesauce. This will allow those fats to stick to the pan while cooking but won’t add as much fat as if you were to use margarine or butter.
8. If you accidentally burn garlic toast, put it in a large container with milk, cover it, and let it sit for about an hour before rinsing off the burnt pieces. The milk will absorb some of the burnt garlic and the toast should taste pretty good after you rinse it off.
9. There is a simple solution for making your meat more tender. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 4 cups of water and let marinate for at least 30 minutes before grilling or frying, etc. The baking soda helps break down the proteins in the meat and makes it more tender and flavorful.
10. When cooking with oil, use either extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, or corn oil. Avoid using butter, margarine, lard, bacon grease, etc since they are high in unhealthy fats.
11. Use applesauce to make homemade french fries instead of potatoes! Peel and slice the apples and place them in a saucepan with water and some cinnamon. Simmer the apples until they are soft, then use a blender to make french fry-like strips.
12. Salad dressings can often be high in fat and calories, especially if you’re using something like ranch. Try making your own instead of buying it at the store.
13. If you cut up veggies ahead of time for salads or snacking purposes, try coating lightly with cooking spray before storing them in Ziploc bags. The veggies will stay fresh and crisp until you’re ready to use them.
14. If you don’t have time to cook dried beans, try using canned instead. Just rinse and drain the beans before heating and serve!
15. When cooking salads in a jar, be sure to layer everything correctly for best results when shaking it up or unpackaging it back at home! Pour dressing on the bottom so when you shake it, the vegetables are fully coated with vinaigrette rather than dry ingredients such as croutons.
Next add ingredients such as shredded cheese, nuts, fruit, etc so they stick to the lettuce leaves after shaking without getting soggy or falling out of place. Lastly, top with lettuce and then pour more dressing over top of the salad once it’s unpackaged to keep everything fresh and crisp.
16. If you aren’t good about eating vegetables, try buying frozen veggies that are already chopped up for you. A lot of times they’re way cheaper than fresh bagged veggies, but taste almost the same! Just make sure to rinse them off in a colander before heating in order to get rid of sodium and other preservatives that they usually add when freezing.
17. You can use baking soda in place of eggs in most recipes! 1 teaspoon = 1 egg, so just add a bit extra liquid if using more than 3 teaspoons of baking soda in one recipe since they tend to absorb moisture mixed with liquids only after being activated (such as with the warmth of your hands and liquids).
18. You can freeze most fruits, minus citrus, for later use in smoothies. Just wash them before you peel/slice/chop and store them in a freezer bag or container. When ready to use, just thaw at room temperature or toss into the blender frozen since they are already cut up!
19. When cooking pasta, fill a large pot 1/2 full with water, put lid on top, then turn the heat on high until boiling. Add pasta noodles, making sure that enough water covers them. Decrease the heat to medium-high once boiling so there is still some movement of the water but not too much so it doesn’t splash out. Cook the pasta until al dente, drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking process.
20. If your bananas are starting to really brown but you still want to eat them, just peel and pop them into a freezer Ziploc bag. When ready to use just thaw at room temperature or toss into the blender frozen since they’re already cut up!
21. When eating cereal, try sprinkling in some bran flakes. It will increase fiber and protein content as well as make it more filling so you aren’t reaching for that second bowl as often throughout the day.
22. If you don’t have time to let the meat marinate overnight before grilling, baking, etc… sprinkle a few of your favorite seasonings before cooking and add a few splashes of soy sauce. The meat will absorb the flavors about 1/2 way through so you don’t have to marinate it nearly as long.
23. If your bananas become black and start to get mushy, put them in the freezer and toss them into your next smoothie for some delicious thickening power. Just be sure to peel them first before freezing!