Learning to cook is something that is useful to know how to do. You can save money, increase your health and enjoy delicious meals when you cook at home.
A wonderful way to make the most of the stray meat and vegetable items left over from other dishes is to cook up some fried rice. You’ll want to use day-old rice if possible, but if you only have fresh rice on hand, cut back on the water slightly so the rice is a bit drier. To prepare fried rice, saute your meat and vegetables together until tender, then add in your rice along with soy sauce, ginger, garlic and other spices.
Enjoy greens in the winter time. When it gets colder, these vegetables taste a lot sweeter. When choosing the greens, pick the ones with bright, deep color and don’t buy anything that’s yellow or limping. These types of greens often need a thorough washing to remove dirt from the ground. Allow them to sit in a bowl of cool water for a few minutes before removing and rinsing them and pat dry with a paper towel.
When simmering or boiling vegetables, try adding chicken broth. Simmering vegetables in the broth will keep them from adhering to the bottom of the pan and also infuse them with rich flavor. Chicken broth is easily purchased at almost every supermarket, and is quite inexpensive.
Consider adding cooling racks that stack t your baking supplies. Large batches of baked goodies can quickly encroach on your work space. Without the stacking cooling racks, you will not have enough room to work. Instead of an ocean of cookies taking up your countertop, they are all stacked on the cooking racks, which means you can prepare something else while they cool.
Start with a fat-free or low-fat soup stock to create a low-fat soup. By using lean meat and plenty of vegetables, you will add very little fat to the soup. When you have cooked your soup to your liking, place it in the fridge to cool off. This will cause the remainder of the fat to rise to the top and congeal. You can then easily pluck the fat from your soup and discard it prior to eating. The calorie savings is around 100 per tablespoon you remove.
Using these tips, you can cook healthy and enjoyable meals at home very easily. With practice you will improve your cooking skills and soon be able to create healthy, delicious home cooked meals as well as saving money. Additionally, homemade meals will provide your family with a healthier alternative than fast food or processed meals. Cooking is fun, nutritious and delicious. Dig in!