Quinoa is such a delicious and quick grain to make. It can be eaten plain, or mixed with vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese, dressings, or a combination of the above. Cooking quinoa takes about 15 minutes and while you are waiting for it to cook you can cut up the vegetables and prepare the other items you wish to add to it. Some of my favorite food items to add to quinoa are onions of all types, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, bell peppers, cilantro, parsley, olives, lemon or lime juice, feta cheese, garbanzo beans, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.
There are many ways to cook asparagus including soups, stir fries, roasts, and braised in oil. Here is a simple but delicious way to cook asparagus when you don’t have a lot of time or ingredients. One thing to keep in mind when cooking with asparagus is that there is a fine line between undercooking and overcooking it. Of course, cooking asparagus until it is very soft is not bad and in some instances it can work very nicely like in soups for example.
To be honest, kale has never been one of my favorite vegetables. I don’t know why. I guess there were always other vegetables that were easier to prepare for me and (I thought) tasted better. But, because I know it has amazing health benefits I have been trying to find ways to make it taste delicious. This recipe so far has been the best!
There are so many fancy cooking utensils and items on the market it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What is essential and what can you do without? The answer to these questions is very individual. It depends on multiple factors including your finances, your preferences, how much time you have, how many people you are cooking for, and the food items you use for cooking.
Let’s discuss serving food. What’s the joy of grocery shopping, meal planning, and food preparation if there is no one to eat it? Whether you are just cooking for yourself, a significant other, a family, or a large group of people, serving food can also be fun process instead of a chore. Have you ever had a meal and felt no joy in eating it? Or you could tell that the person making the food wasn’t enjoying the process? The energy we put into meal preparation and serving can also affect the experience - both your own experience and everyone else who will be eating the food.
So, what are more specific things to look for when buying fresh fruit? These are the main things I look for when choosing fruit by category:
Citrus Fruits - This includes lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, etc. I love it when my citrus fruits are juicy and just the right balance of sweet and sour. When I feel the outside of a citrus fruit I am assessing for that gentle “bounce back” that it can give. Try it for yourself and see if you notice it.
What foods should you have on hand all the time? That depends on what you like to eat, your finances, and food availability. I like to keep my kitchen stocked with the items I use on a regular basis so I can easily make a meal without having to do a lot of planning and shopping beforehand. Of course, it’s never perfect and I do end up having to make last minute runs to the store, or re-plan a recipe because I ran out of something. But having the essentials in the kitchen is very helpful and makes cooking a lot less time consuming and stressful.
I am excited to announce that I will be working on a blog about cooking and food preparation! This is meant to be a helpful resource for you and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy cooking and then writing about it. What I am hoping to include are methods to choose and store foods, helpful kitchen tools to use for meal preparation, and easy-to-use recipes that are delicious, full of flavor, and healthy!