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Making the Kitchen Less Intimidating

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Don’t be afraid of the kitchen, it’s less intimidating than you think. Making better use of your kitchen will improve your health, and your finances – so what are you waiting for? Here are five tips for those who have decided they “can’t” cook.

  1. Everyone can cook
    If you’ve ever been told you’re a terrible cook, shake it off. If you never really learned how to cook, start now! Take a class, research flavor pairings, use trial and error. Everyone can cook.

  2. Get decent tools
    Build your tool kit of sharp knives, measuring cups/spoons, various utensils, quality pots and pans. Cooking is so much easier when your kitchen is set up for success.

  3. Use decent ingredients
    Quality food needs quality ingredients. Respect your body enough to spend a little extra on what you need for home cooked meals. It’s highly likely it will cost the same as, or less than, what you would spend on takeout.

  4. Use recipes
    If you have a hard time creating a meal, use recipes. Trying to “wing it” might end up in a flavor combination that doesn’t work, leading to food wastage. Take more liberties once you get a feel for the ingredients. Until then, learn from someone’s successes.

  1. Take risks
    Start small, cooking for yourself and your family. As your confidence grows, work towards cooking for a larger group.

Take the plunge toward healthy living, by first, going back to the kitchen.

Know Your Spice Rack

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Most of us have an underused spice rack in the pantry – and now’s the time to learn how to use them! In today’s post we are going to highlight 10 spices and why you should use them.

  1. Cinnamon: we all know it’s tasty, but it’s a wonderful blood sugar regulator. You can even put it in your coffee.

  2. Cumin: an earthy, nutty flavor to add to roasted vegetables and lentils.

  3. Ginger powder: a key ingredient in Asian food flavor profiles, as well as something to spice up fruit smoothies.

  4. Nutmeg: perfect for Middle Eastern meat dishes, as well as sweet baked goods like apple crisp.

  5. Garlic Powder: instant flavor to the quickest, and most basic dinners.

  6. Onion Powder: pairs well with garlic powder for a deep, savory flavor on almost any dish.

  7. Vanilla Beans: make vanilla sugar by placing these in your sugar jar at your tea/coffee making station.

  8. Turmeric: add to beans, eggs, fish, meat, rice and spinach.

  9. Paprika: Hungarian favorite! Makes your food red in color, and supplies some heat.

  10. Ground Fennel Seed: spice up your curries and meat stews with some fennel.

Go ahead and get fancy with your spices – you might just give your old, tired favorite recipes a brand new lease on life!