Speaking of cookbooks, may I recommend our lifesaver in these altered economic times: Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. We love it. If you have chicken or tofu that you’d like to cook, the index guides you to basic recipes, then riffs on them and you can really jazz them up. The recipes are simple and fun to make. I’m not a natural chef and need some very basic recipes to get me started. I like cookbooks to order me around — do this; now do this; add this; reserve this; serve immediately.
When you plan on using wooden skewers for cooking, soak them in water for 30 minutes prior to cooking. This way, you don’t burn them when you are cooking with them. To prevent food from falling from the skewers, use two parallel skewers rather than just one.
On Sunday night, or whenever you get ten minutes or so, plan a work week meal plan. Try to make something for dinner that will make good leftovers for lunch. Plan for more time spent on a meal when you get off work early, and a really quick dinner when you get home late. Planning is great for eating more healthy food, not having to hit up the food court, and fitness programs with specific goals.
You can learn a lot about another person when you cook together. Crack open a cookbook, choose a couple of recipes and get cooking! If your biggest accomplishment in the kitchen is boiling water, perhaps your date will teach you a few meal prep recipes skills. At the very least, offer to chop veggies or clean the dishes.
An antique corner hutch. Four generous shelves store everything from extra sets of dishes and trivets to a collection of antique tea pots and Victorian punch bowls. The bowls are great for punch, but we serve big salads in them, too.
6-When I do make casseroles, stews, meatloaf, etc. I will often double the recipe and freeze the other meal. That way, I can just whip it out of the freezer on days I know I will be too busy or too tired to cook.
“I know, as a mom, it’s hard sometimes to get out of the house, to get out and at least get to talk to adults for a little while,” Lederman explained of the group that allows her to socialize on a variety of levels.
Redo your dairy products to decrease fat and calories. Opt for lower fat or fat free milk, yogurt, cheese and sour cream. By replacing full fat dairy products you will lose calories and fat but still benefit from the protein and calcium your body needs. You can also choose artificial sweeteners for yogurt and cut your yogurt calories in half.