Wednesday, February 22, 2012
For those of you who know me personally, you might remember my thrill when I moved into my new apartment and not only did it have a gas stove and oven, but also a separate broiler. Today I an going to gush about the wonders of a broiler. I love broiling my chicken tenders instead of browning them in a pan because the tops get so nice and crunchy while the chicken itself is still super moist and juicy. When glazing a piece of meat, its nice to trap the natural moisture into the meat and then add the glaze for the last few minutes. It is quicker than baking and less work than pan browning. I always use aluminum foil when I broil because broiling pans can be such a pain to clean. If you haven't tried out your broiler, do!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I am working on reformatting the pages so that each recipe is its own post. This will also enable readers to comment on the recipes themselves. So far, I have breakfast and lite lunches complete. There may be some slight disruption while I am working on transferring everything over to the new format. However, I believe that this will make the site a bit more user friendly. After getting everything transferred, I will enable the search function on each page so that you are able to type in an ingredient or dish name and find it with more ease. Enjoy!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
You've probably heard that eating an apple daily is good for your health but do you know why? Apples contain fiber which is imperative to maintaining a healthy digestive tract and fiber also helps to keep you fuller longer. Besides that, apples also contain vitamin C. One of the lesser known facts about apples is that they can help keep you teeth clean, too. If you eat an apple after drinking coffee or other dark liquids or after eating dark berries, you can help reduce the amount of staining that occurs.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Many people throw away the bottoms of their asparagus. However, you can use these trimmings as a tasty addition to a salad or stir fry. Start by trimming about 1 inch off of the bottom, just so you get all of the pale purple off. Then cut about 5 slices each a centimeter or so wide. You can store these in a sealed container and add to future dishes.
Monday, February 6, 2012
I was talking about how much I love butternut squash soup with a friend this weekend, but that I don't make it because I hate trying to cut through the thick, tough skin. As a solution to this, she suggested baking the whole squash first and then peeling it. For a quicker fix, try wrapping the squash in plastic wrap and microwaving for 8-10 minutes then peeling. I'm looking forward to trying this and posting delicious squash recipes in the future!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
If you are looking to lose weight or just want to keep an eye on your consumption, then this is the app/ online tool that you need. The app is very user friendly and the list of foods is pretty comprehensive. The app calculates your daily caloric needs based on your own goals and information that you input. There is also a feature to enter your workouts or any exercise that you do. The app takes everything you enter into it (food and exercise alike) and gives your net caloric intake for the day. I love it for maintaining weight and know other people who have used it for weight loss with dramatic results. Try it out!