While thinking about what to cook for dinner tonight a thought came into my head. Why are so many people afraid of cooking. Is it fear that your special creation won't turn out right? Is it that you just don't like cooking? Are you afraid to really mess up the recipe you're following? What is it that makes so many people reach for pre-made foods or packaged dinners?
Since I've been an adult cooking for myself I find that the more I cook, the more I know about food and the more I enjoy it. The discovery of new food combinations is very exciting to me. There is also something very therapeutic about chopping fruits and vegetables and baking bread or other goodies.
Consider mastering these 3 basic skills to make cooking easier, faster and more fun:
After mastering these 3 basic skills I hope you will find some joy in cooking. I can assure you that your homemade pasta dish will taste better than a package of lipton noodles and your fruit salad will taste better than any canned fruit cocktail.
Happy Cooking! What are your hurdles to cooking a good, healthy meal from scratch?
These peppers are stuffed with ingredients that are typically found on a pizza and mixed with quinoa for a great nutritious meal that everyone will love!
4 large bell peppers
1 cup quiona
1 1/2 cup water or broth
1 can pizza sauce (approx. 14 oz. can)
1 small cooking onion
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (canned or fresh)
4 basil pesto or italian style chicken sausages, (pre-cooked), diced
2 cups shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese
1. saute onion and mushrooms in saucepan until onion is cooked through
2. add quinoa, water or broth, pizza sauce and bring to boil
3. cover and simmer 10-15 minutes until quinoa is cooked through
4. while quinoa is cooking, slice through top of peppers to make a lid then scoop out ribs and insides of peppers and discard, put tops aside
5. place peppers in a square baking dish
6. once quinoa is cooked add sausage and cheese, stir mixture together
7. fill peppers with quinoa mixture and put tops back on peppers
8. cover and bake at 375 degrees F until peppers are cooked through (about 30-45 minutes)
Taking a healthy lunch to work is one of the simplest ways to get the recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein during the day. Most meals packed at home are healthier than foods at restaurants. When we eat out, we're often faced with large portions and fattening foods, but when you pack lunch at home, you can control your portions and choose healthier ingredients.
To start, make sure your lunch is balanced. Lunches that include some lean or low-fat protein along with carbohydrates will keep your body fueled for the afternoon and stave off hunger. The combination of protein and fiber from whole grains, beans, nuts, vegetables and fruit will give you the most satisfying and nutritious combination of foods that will keep you feeling full until dinner. However, be aware of cues your body sends to warn you of being full. This will prevent overeating and the mid afternoon slump that follows.
Use a variety of whole-grain breads, pitas, and wraps for your sandwiches. Choose lean fillings like sliced eggs, tuna fish, reduced-fat cheeses or lean meats. Then fill your sandwich with assorted greens, fresh herbs, sprouts, sliced cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes.
Leftovers are great to pack and take for lunch because you can control the portions and calories in the meal to ensure it will be nutritious, filling and delicious. Try cooking in bulk. On the weekend, make a large pot of chili, soup, or rice and beans and freeze into individual portions that are ready to take to work in a flash.
10 Easy Lunch Ideas Planning ahead is a must for quick lunch assembly. A week of planned meals with all the ingredients in the kitchen will make it easy to put together tomorrow's lunch after dinner.
This grocery list is a week's worth of lunches costing $5 or less a day (assuming you already have salad dressings on hand):