Do you have a kitchen or cooking secret that saves time, calories or clean up?
I make up a batch of" Chicken Kale Vegetable "soup and "Turkey Veggie Joe "mix served on whole grain slim buns. Alternate lunches for a few days. I add one seving of whole grain crackers with soup and plate of fruit with the Joes.
Line the 2nd casserole dish w/ heavy-duty foil, leaving enough to fold over the top, then fill, close up and freeze. When frozen, remove foil package - you get your dish back, and when you want to eat the frozen casserole, just put it back in the dish and bake. To clean up, just toss the foil!
Divide cookie dough into cookie sized portions. Quick freeze these in a single layer on a cookie sheet and once frozen, portion into freezer bags. After sealing, write baking directions on each bag. Bags of one or two are great for a quick fix, bags of 6 to 8 are great when you have company!
Beans are healthy for you but when purchased in a can you need to drain the beans from all of the salt. It can cut down on calories. You want the beans not the salt.
Guacamole has a tendency for turning brown very quickly. To prevent this, press a sheet of plastic wrap onto the guacamole ensuring that no air is caught in between. By doing this your guacamole will stay green longer.
I think cook books without photos of all dishes are a waste of paper. I will not attempt to cook a new dish based on an inanimate list of ingredients. Pictures bring the anticipated flavors and visual feast to life and I get inspired to cook, even using ingredients I don't know how to pronounce.
When are pressed for time, I will fix one of the prepackaged meals from the freezer...like Chicken Voila or Bertolli...BUT I always add at least one package of frozen veggies to the frozen dinner ingredients. There is plenty of sauce but now there are MORE of the healthy veggies, too.
I add a tbsp or two to almost everything I cook. It doesn't alter the flavor and adds protein, fiber and omega3 fats.
I use EVOO for all my cooking. It is a healthy oil and I don't feel guilty.