Here are some tips I’ve learned that help me simplify my kitchen time. If you know me, it’s not a big surprise that I like simple healthy foods, and simple living. Let me share with you some simple cooking tips I’ve recently come across at Integrative Nutrition. I’m getting certified to be a holistic health coach from that school and I’m loving every minute of it. It will help me to stay on track health wise and learn how to help others who also want to get to an even better place in life. For starters, here are a few ways to simplify your cooking:
1. Use a timer.
If you are not familiar with how long things take to cook, using a timer will help you determine how long something will take. If you know how much time you will have free you can multitask in the kitchen and prepare more food.
2. Burn your rice.
The idea here is to experiment. The more you cook the more you can try new things. I’ve burned rice a few times. I love making my moms spanish rice. It’s sooo good and I’ve been known to call her and ask for instructions. So yea I’ve burned rice before, how about you?
3. Use condiments.
Do you have a lazy susan? It’s a rotating tray you put on your table. If not, get one and stock it with condiments for the table. Have your guests flavor their food as they like. This way you only cook the actual food, and leave it to everyone else to dress it up as they wish. I realize some gourmet cooks out there are freaking out, but these are tips for simple cooking so it’s fine.
4. Cook once, eat many more times.
While you cook, why not make more brown rice than you need. You can then eat it for dinner, add it to soup, or top it with veggies. This saves mucho time and makes your cooking last longer. If this sounds elementary to you, it’s because it is. But many of us forget the little things that can save us time.
If you are new to cooking or healthy eating, the condiments tip is pretty cool. It’s my favorite. Using herbs and spices to dress up your veggies can go a long way and help keep you from potential blandness.
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