BBQ Cooking Secrets

Nothing beats firing up the BBQ and cooking outside! There is something primal about cooking over an open flame that cannot be replaced by the convenience of a modern kitchen oven. Besides, the smoky flavor added to your food really adds something special for your taste buds. Close your eyes and picture the glow of the coals. Now imagine the sizzle when you lay that steak down on the grill. I’ll bet your mouth is watering, just thinking about it!

Grilling Basics

For grilling, you’ll need a medium hot fire. You can judge this from experience once you have a few grilling sessions under your belt. At first it will be helpful to hold your hand slightly above the grill where you are going to put the meat and see how long you can tolerate the heat. About two or three seconds is good for grilling steaks and burgers. For cooking sausage on the grill, about three to four seconds is good, but you can also move it away from the direct heat, close the lid, and smoke using indirect heat it to protect the tender sausage casings from splitting. Personally, I prefer smoking and will put the sausage on some foil away from the heat and let the sausage cook slowly with some onions and peppers. Spray on a little olive oil to keep things from drying out or use a drip pan with some liquid for moist heat.

What Do I Need to Get Started?

To get started you’ll need a good grill. I won’t get into the debate whether gas or charcoal is the best. Both have their pros and cons and I’d rather cook than argue! The more surface area for cooking, the more versatile your grill will be for using indirect heat, and obviously you’ll be able to cook more at one time. Don’t worry if you only have room for a smaller grill. Even a small grill will cook awesome BBQ. Once you get to know your grill, it’s characteristics will emerge and you’ll cook like a pro! Continue reading “BBQ Cooking Secrets”

Benefits of Propane Grills

Propane or gas grills are nothing else than barbeque grills that use propane gas as fuel, instead of charcoal like traditional grills. They come in two flavours, permanent grills that are connected to your home gas circuit and are stationary or portable grills that go on wheels and use refillable propane tanks as fuel. The benefits of propane grills, especially when compared with their charcoal counterparts, are many.

Easier to Use

Anybody who has had a barbeque delayed because they couldn’t make their charcoal barbeque work will fall instantly in love with propane grills, as they are much easier to use. Just turn it on, like your kitchen’s grill, and start cooking! It is also much easier to control the temperature, avoiding the risk of burn burgers or half-cooked meat that can lead to stomach problems. No starting fluid also means your dinner won’t taste of butane, ever.

Easier to Clean

Along with being much easier to use, propane grills are also much easier to clean, as there’s no coal residue left. You’ll need to remove the remaining bits of food, but that’s all. No more fighting with a charcoal mess or the remains of stinky starter fluid. And since propane is much cleaner than charcoal you won’t generate so much smoke the neighbours call the fire brigade ever again. Continue reading “Benefits of Propane Grills”

Boneless Chicken Breast Is the Cheapest, Tastiest and Healthiest Food Option

Boneless chicken breasts are very low in fat, but high in protein. More importantly they are bursting with flavor! The boneless chicken breast is like a blank canvas just waiting for you to put your tasty touch on it. The possibilities are endless!

One of the best aspects of preparing a chicken breast is marinating it. You can combine ingredients that you probably have in your fridge to make delightful marinades, or make your own dry rub with seasonings in your spice cabinet. Be creative! Lemon juice, garlic, black pepper, rosemary, soy sauce, hot sauce, spicy mustard, dijon mustard, curry, barbecue sauce, sweet and sour, buffalo sauce, pesto, beer, and wine are just a few examples of simple marinades or dry rubs.

At a backyard barbecue, everyone will be filled with joy as you serve your delicious meat to the adults and children and teens. They will eat the meat and be happy about the taste. They will also receive many health benefits. Continue reading “Boneless Chicken Breast Is the Cheapest, Tastiest and Healthiest Food Option”

Why Is Green Tea Popular?

Herbal supplements have found their respectful place in the health industry. Unlike the pharmacological drugs and products these are safer since they are natural in their ingredients. With no artificial chemicals, and no synthesis, or chemicals included, herbal supplement has been encouraged by health expert for all age group. From little children to old age, everyone can be safe in the shelter of herbs and the herbal products.

There are many who prefer to grow the common used herbs in their own garden, so that they easily use them in the purest form when they need. Supplements are used for various health conditions and has also found profound success. Weight loss, depression, gastro intestinal conditions like indigestion, acidity, kidney or liver function improvement, alcohol withdrawal, dysmenorrheal and other menstrual troubles or erectile dysfunctions, insomnia, etc. Thus herbal supplements have made their presence felt in various health conditions. There are also supplements that are used for additional nourishment with vitamins and minerals as its constituent.

One supplement that has captured attention of the world is Green Tea. Widely used in China and other Asian countries and now also in the west, Green tea has a number of properties that has made it a good heath supplement. Let us study the general properties and use of Green tea. Continue reading “Why Is Green Tea Popular?”

Holiday Chicken Salad Recipe

This delicious and healthy holiday chicken salad is just perfect for a holiday brunch. It is easy to make and takes just 15 minutes to serve at your table. It also works well as a simple and tasty appetizer before a sumptuous meal. This is a hearty recipe that will certainly loved by everybody. With these ingredients below it is enough for around 12 servings. With this salad, everyday is a holiday.

Ingredients

Four cups chicken (cubed, cooked) meat

Mayonnaise – 1 cup

Paprika – 1 teaspoon

Dried cranberries – 1 1/2 cups

Chopped celery – 1 cup

2 chopped green onions

Minced green bell pepper – 1/2 cup

Chopped pecans – 1 cup

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

A pinch of ground black pepper for seasoning

Directions Continue reading “Holiday Chicken Salad Recipe”

Why Buy Organic Tea?

Organic tea has been growing in popularity in recent years, as the organic movement as a whole has grown. Brands that specialize in organic tea, such as Rishi Tea, Choice Organic Teas, Organic India, and Numi Tea, have been growing in popularity, and even mainstream tea companies whose products are available in supermarkets have begun to add more organic offerings.

Why is buying organic tea important?

The main two benefits of buying organic tea are avoiding toxic chemicals in your tea and protecting the environment in the areas where the tea is grown.

Toxic Chemicals:

Many people are not aware of it, but the production of tea can involve harmful and toxic chemicals used as pesticides. Most tea is grown in countries like China and India that have lax environmental standards when compared to the standards of countries like the United States or countries in the European Union. When used carelessly, these chemicals can contaminate teas and pose health risks to people drinking the tea. Tea, especially green tea, is promoted for its cancer-preventing properties, but many of the chemicals used in its production are known toxins or carcinogens. Continue reading “Why Buy Organic Tea?”

Japanese Salad Recipe Has Taste Buds Craving More

Do you have a special recipe that your family and friends always ask you to make for those special family gatherings? Well, one of the dishes I get asked to bring for our special family occasions is my Japanese Salad recipe. I would love to share my recipe with you.

Try this delicious Japanese Salad recipe! This tasty recipe will compliment many main entrée dishes. You will not only love the taste of this salad recipe, but it is also very nutritious for you!

Japanese Salad Recipe

  • 1/2 large cabbage shredded – 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3 chopped green onions – 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds – 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 package instant noodle soup (noodles only, uncooked, save the broth package)
  • 1 cup chow main noodles uncooked

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Low Carb Recipes

A low carb recipe is a great way to practice healthy eating lifestyle and diet. A low carb dish is not necessarily for those who are on a diet or want to lose their weight. A low carb lifestyle can and should be adopted by all. The advantages of a low carb balanced diet is that it has all the necessary nutrients minus the unhealthy fats. A low carb meal can be had from a choice of almost any kind of dish.

Any dish you wish can be converted into low carb by modifying a few ingredients. For example milk can be replaced by low-fat milk, yoghurt can be replaced by low-fat yoghurt, sugar can be replaced by sugar free pills, and so and so forth. And you can replace lot of daily food items you consume such as instead of white bread, go for whole wheat bread. Instead of white rice, go for brown rice when making chinese dishes. Continue reading “Low Carb Recipes”

Korean Not Real Kimchi Salad

I never really liked kimchi to be honest. You know, that spicy pickled cabbage with specks of red all over. The fact that it was always stored in a huge jar of murky vinegar (I think) didn’t help entice my senses either. Kimchi, to me, always tasted like waxy spicy sour cabbage. I just didn’t like it.

But Korean kimchi salad is a whole different topic.

The first day I tried it (the same night my mom came home with Korean style grilled chicken!), I almost finished the whole carton of it. Yes, it is that good. It’s sweet, crisp, light, and refreshing – the perfect appetizer for any occasion. I highly recommend everyone to try this dish. You won’t be disappointed.

Here’s the recipe! Continue reading “Korean Not Real Kimchi Salad”