Nutritional

Ten Things You Can Do To Be a Better Cook

Write in your cookbooks Soup could have used more spice? More tomato? That chicken dish needed a little more time in the oven? Make a note in your cookbook for next time. Toss your spices Ground spices can lose flavor. Give them a whiff and if they don’t smell like anything, they won’t add any flavor. Vanilla and salt last forever. Whole spices last about three years. Ground spices last about two years (cumin or chili powder, etc.). Leafy herbs (oregano, basil, etc.) last about a year. Treat your herbs like a bouquet There’s nothing worse than limp herbs. Next time, trim the stems and put the parsley in a glass of water, fit a plastic bag over it, and stash it in the refrigerator. Double that Batch Having cooked grains in your fridge means that fried rice, pilafs, rice bowls and robust salads can be pulled together quickly. Baking

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Simple Kitchen How-to’s

Simple Kitchen How-to’s

Ever wonder how to pick a cantaloupe or get the garlic smell out of your cutting board? Check out these tips for some of your common kitchen questions: Freeze bananas Ditch the individual bags or plastic wrap and just toss your banana in the fridge in the peel. Bananas out of their peel can also easily get stuck together, making it hard to dig out only one. When you are ready to use them, run the banana’s peel under warm water for 10 seconds, and slice the peel down the side. The banana will still be frozen but will slide out of the peel. Make a Smoothie Here is an easy guide to making a delicious smoothie; what you need: ½ cup to 1 cup liquid, 1 Tbsp to ¼ cup of a something creamy, ½ tsp to 1 Tbsp of a flavor, 1 to 2 cups of frozen fruits

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Tips for Storing Produce

Tips for Storing Produce

We want our produce to last as long as possible while we limit our trips to the grocery. Here are a few helpful tips for storing produce. Your fresh greens are the most fragile, so eat them quickly once you have them, rather than let them sit around. Prevent spoilage by adding paper towels or a clean dish towel to absorb the bag’s excess moisture. If they’re in the plastic container, line the container with dry paper towels or a clean dish towel before putting the greens back in. If they’re in a bag, fold up a paper towel, put it in the bag, and seal it with a clip. Use within a week. Remember, things like apples and avocados emit gasses as they ripen, causing your greens to go bad faster, so don’t store them together. Hardier greens, like kale or collard greens (things that come in a bunch),

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Is It Time to Make Dinner…Again?!

Is It Time to Make Dinner…Again?!

Struggling to stay motivated when it comes to making dinner? Are you tired of cooking or just bored with what you’re eating? I love to cook, but the other day when it came around to time to decide what’s for dinner, I just thought, “Ugh, again?! Maybe we can skip dinner this time.” Ha! It can be exhausting to cook as much as we’re cooking during these times. There’s the constant washing of dishes and restocking of ingredients, the making of the food, meal after meal after meal. But once I pull out the cutting board and start chopping, I begin to relax. There’s comfort in the act of cooking. There’s satisfaction in that simple act of feeding yourself or your family. Here are a few tips that I hope will ease the burden of figuring out what to make and help you find comfort and satisfaction in making your

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The Joy of Hospitality

Hospitality and entertaining are not the same thing, even though we often think of them as interchangeable. Hospitality is a practice. It is always being ready to help—even if your house is a mess. It’s giving, sharing, communicating. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one and another without grumbling. use. 1 Peter 4:8-9 Let’s look at a few ways to love others through hospitality. Be available. While busyness is often the way we live these days, especially during the holidays, we need to make room on our calendars so we can be available to be hospitable with our time and our lives. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Your home doesn’t need to sparkle and shine before you invite people over. It doesn’t need to have fancy decorations or exquisite place settings for you to host

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One Thing to Help You Cook More

One Thing to Help You Cook More

We’ve become savvy in the choices we make in restaurants, using restaurant websites to look for nutritional information before we head out to eat. But even those choices are no match for the health benefits of anything you cook at home. Restaurant meals generally use much more salt and fats than you would normally use at home. Chances are if you’re reading this, it’s because you already realize that you should be cooking more. The question is, how to get started? Two reasons I hear most often for not cooking: don’t have the time or don’t know-how. But I think the reason is we’re not prepared.  We get home, open the fridge, and wonder what to make.  We’ve already put in a long day, and the challenge of figuring out what to make with the random things in our fridge seems just too difficult. It’s much easier to pick up

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Strength Through Nutrition-Join the Superfoods Fan Club!

Strength Through Nutrition-Join the Superfoods Fan Club!

Do you like superheroes? I don’t collect comic books or anything like that, but I guess I am what my daughter Kayla calls a “fangirl” at heart. I absolutely love to go and see the newest superhero movies, often wearing the corresponding T-shirt as I watch! My heart pounds, my hands grip the arms of the theater seat (and sometimes my husband Tony’s arm), and I gasp when something crashes to the ground or flies at me (3-D, you know). I cheer as I watch them always defeat the bad guys with their daring and powerful moves, coming out seemingly unscathed from the battle! My personal favorites are Captain America and Superman (who will always be Christopher Reeve in my mind and heart), but there are many more that I love to watch as well. What makes superheroes super? They always have extra-special skills or strength, rising up above the

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Finding Joy in Eating Well

Finding Joy in Eating Well

God’s beauty, glory, power, creativity, and care for us is displayed all around us in the beauty of nature.  We can find such peace in spending time in that beauty when we take a walk on a beautiful day, play with our kids in the grass, or work in the garden.  It’s displayed in the array of colorful fruits and vegetables that nourish our bodies. That leads us to the first of three steps to finding joy in eating well. Take a Little Time to Enjoy the View My favorite section of the grocery store is the produce aisle, and I want to make it yours, too. The next time you make your way through that area of the grocery store, take the time to enjoy the view. The colors, the textures, the smell of a peach.  Look for something you’ve never tried and put it on your menu for

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Eating Healthy Makes a Stronger You

We’re busier and busier these days and feeling exhausted can be an everyday thing. Switching to healthy food choices can give you the energy you need to accomplish everything you have on your to-do list. And when it comes to eating well, taking small steps can make a big difference. It can become a habit, just like drinking your morning coffee or going to bed at 9 pm every night. This is the first of a series on foods that make you stronger. Let’s start with a word that can make some grimace – vegetables. Do you ever look at your tracker at the end of the day and think eating more vegetables needs to be your food goal for the next week – again? Just the word vegetable can represent a harbinger of childhood misery and the hours spent at the dinner table waiting for you to eat them

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Healthy Hacks

Healthy Hacks

We’re all looking for tricks and tips to eat, cook and serve healthy meals.  Try these five Healthy Hacks for the kitchen, for the table, and for the grocery store. Portion Size Healthy Hack. The bigger the plate, the more you eat. Invest in smaller plates and bowls, or serve dinner on salad plates and use a mug for your cereal or ice cream. Another trick: Spread food, rather than mound it. It looks like a lot when it’s not.  Vegetable Prep Healthy Hack. Freshen up your limp kale or other vegetables by dropping them into ice water. Plants wilt due to water loss.  Ice water restores their crispness. Grocery Bag Healthy Hack. In a recent study, researchers found that 64 percent of the 25 used reusable grocery bags tested were contaminated with bacteria. Make sure to wash your cloth bags weekly and use single-use bags (e.g., plastic) for raw meat,

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