Move over quinoa, your little cousin from Peru is the newest power food to pop on the market. Kiwicha also known as amaranth, is a tiny whole grain that is gluten-free. This miniature version of the popular quinoa is known for its dense nutritional content. About the size of a poppy seed, it has been a regular staple in Peru for over 4,000 years,
Kiwicha is favored for many reasons, which includes being considered an anti-aging food because it is full of antioxidants. It’s referred to as a super food because it contains all 10 essential amino acids, and it is power packed with protein. One cup of cooked kiwicha provides nearly 10 grams of protein. That’s more protein than wheat, corn or milk. In addition, kiwicha contains lysine, an amino acid that is necessary for the construction of all proteins in the body.
Italian Cuisine is known as one of the worlds healthiest diets. It focuses on simple and natural ingredients and the benefits of this Mediterranean diet can include weight loss, improved sugar levels and a healthy mind. The best way to start is to stock up on the core ingredients used in commonly used in their various dishes.
Olive oil is a common one to stock up on. By replacing butter with olive oil you’ll be replacing bad cholesterol with good cholesterol. It is high in monounsaturated fat and is the best cooking oil to use. The Extra virgin olive oil is high in polyphenols, the antioxidants which have been linked to good heart health. Use olive oil to dress your salads with a bit of lemon, or to lightly sauté fresh vegetables.
Tomatoes are a must have ingredient for any Italian cuisine. They are either used in a fresh salad or in a red Italian sauce and are packed with vitamin c and lycopene, another antioxidant which protects the heart and is also known to prevent some cancers. Additional nutritional ingredients in a tomato include vitamins A, potassium and folate. Continue reading “The Most Common Ingredients in Pasta Dishes”
Pasta is one of the most popular foods in the world and yet, it can be frustratingly difficult to get it right.
The best thing about al dente pasta is what chefs refer to as “the mouth feel”… that delectable combination of textures and tastes that is so satisfying. It’s that key moment when you get a luscious bite of pasta with just the right amount of rich, succulent sauce. Mmmm. Nothing better, right? But get it wrong and even the best pasta dish is ruined! It sticks, it clumps, sometimes it’s underdone, sometimes it’s mushy. The sauce seems too dry or it slides off entirely and pools in the bowl. It’s maddening!
But fear not, pasta lovers! After extensive research, I have narrowed down all the various techniques out there to just seven essential steps – 7 insider secrets – to perfect pasta. Follow these 7 insider secrets and your pasta will be al dente and delicious every time.
Secret #1 LOTS of WATER!
Start with a large volume of cold water in a big pot. At least 4 quarts per pound of pasta. The pasta needs room to “swim” in the water. Without enough water, the pasta stays in place. As it cooks, pasta releases starch, a glue-like substance, and if it’s touching another piece, it literally bonds itself to the other piece. This is where those hard, fused ends come from! If using a pot and strainer combo, add extra water so the pasta is completely covered and has plenty of room to move around. NEVER break the strands. If they don’t fit, use a bigger pot. Continue reading “7 Secrets to Making Perfect Al Dente Pasta Every Time”
Living healthier begins with the food you eat. We all know we should eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, minimal prepackaged foods, avoid fast foods, and make healthy food choices overall. In addition making sure these eight foods are in your diet will help you to live healthier.
1 Low fat milk and cheese are good sources of calcium and much more effective than taking a calcium supplement. They are also good sources of Vitamin D. It is recommended that you take in 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams of Vitamin D per day to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis. One glass of milk will provide 300 milligrams of Vitamin D. Low fat milk and cheese are excellent because you get all the benefits without all the fat.
It is impossible to stop with eating just one. Potato chips are a very popular snack all over the world and I don’t think there will hardly be anybody who does not love eating them. With so many flavors, shapes and sizes, there’s a chip for everyone’s appetite.
In 1853 in a diner in New York, it is said that a customer ordered fried potatoes with his meal but then sent the meal back, complaining that the fried potatoes were not crispy enough. The chef at the restaurant Mr. George Crum was furious with the complaint, so he sliced the potatoes paper thin, salted them heavily and then refried them. The chips were served as a menu item from that day on, and with their massive popularity, other restaurant owners were adding sliced potato chips on their menus.
However it was William Tappendon from Ohio who took the potato chip out of the restaurants and into the grocery stores. He turned his barn into the world’s first chip factory, selling potato chips to the local groceries. In the 1920s, saw the birth of three companies that played a major role in the potato chip industry as we know it today. The three companies were “Lay’s Brand Potato Chips” founded by Herman Lay, “Utz Quality Foods” founded by Bill and Sallie Utz, and “Wise Delicatessen Company” founded by Earl Wise, Sr. Continue reading “How to Bake Healthy Potato Chips”
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!
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”
Some of the best benefits of juicing included improved mental alertness, a sense of well being, extra energy, and stronger immunity. Not only is juicing good for you, it can also be delicious, and you can feel good in knowing that you are getting many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs. The fun of creating your own unique juice blends from fresh and organic fruits and vegetables can also add to the enjoyment. When you have your own juicer, you are free to enjoy a glass of fresh juice any time you want it.
Among the many benefits of consuming fresh fruits and vegetables is mental alertness. With today’s fast paced lifestyle, it is important to get your daily requirement of fruits and vegetables. You don’t want to have to resort to caffeine to stay awake and alert during your workday, and having a juicer at home to make your own juice can help to make you feel more focused. Fresh vegetables and a variety of fruit can help to balance and improve brain function and elevate your emotional health. Some great selections include carrots, garlic, spinach, cucumbers, celery, and bok choy. Fruits that help to make you feel good include blueberries, apples, and black currants. Essentially eating more fruits and vegetables help you to increase your brain function, and can give you more focus and keep your moods balanced giving you a sense of well being. Continue reading “What Are The Real Benefits of Juicing?”
Is it even possible nowadays to have an absolutely best tasting, most full flavored coffee without traveling to South America? It is! And all the big coffee house know it too. That is why they are selling the ever gaining popular French Press. Now at first glance it looks like something great-granny on the wagon train might have had to make coffee. Well, except it now comes in stainless steel and slick black rubber. But the French Press is actually quite new. Yes, the Europeans had it before us, but even at that it is still considered a newer gadget in the kitchen.
The French Press, even for coffee lovers is a little intimidating to say the least. I mean, it consists of a glass beaker, and a plunger. Where is the plug in? Well, there is none. Meet the newest, non electric, coffee maker. Promising to give you the best cup of coffee available and right in the quietness of your own house. So how does it work?
First off – put on some water to boil. Why that is going, run the glass part of the French press under warm water to warm the glass. This will keep the heat in the press and will not cool down the water you put in. Continue reading “How Do You Use a French Press?”