Do you have a kitchen or cooking secret that saves time, calories or clean up?
For Christmas my mom got me a toaster oven. It was the best gift I ever. It helps me roast,broil and toast my vegetables. I feel it has helped me turn more healthy options. I use it more than I do my stove!
I love cooking with fresh herbs - no jarred dried herbs - they make a HUGE difference in the flavor. If I have leftovers I simply wash and chop them so I can freeze them for the next time.
I spend an hour on a Sunday preparing as much food as I can for the following week. For example I wash grapes and put them in separate containers. I chop lots of onion so I just have to grab a handful when making an omlete. It saves so much time when cooking!
When I crave a warm dessert, I cut up an apple sprinkle a little cinnamon and stevia on it and microwave it until the apples soften. The smell of the apples and cinnamon are great and I feel like I am having apple pie - without the calories!
Sew a drawstring bag from two kitchen towels. When you wash your lettuce, you can put it in the bag and shake so that the towels absorb the moisture. The towel bag can be washed and recycled. Use this for washing grapes too!
Grilling fruits and vegetables, makes it them easier to eat. It heightens their flavors, and brings your dish to a whole new level. Try it with Fruits also, great dessert on their own this way. With out adding sweeteners and extra calories.
I bought a Stanley food container (like a thermos) that keeps food hot or cold for 12 hours. At night I put 1/2 cup of steel cut oats in it, and add 1 cup of boiling water, and close the container. In the morning I have a no-fuss breakfast, which comes in handy for mornings when I'm running late!
If I'm cooking something in my oven, I'll throw in a few split breasts with the skin removed while I'm baking my casserole or whatever. Then, when the chicken cools, I shred it for later uses. That way, I'm not using my oven just to bake the chicken and I always have cooked chicken on hand.
Use your pasta pot when making home made stock or broth. Quick and easy way to strain out vegetables, bones, etc... with out the danger of pouring a hot liquid through a strainer.
When I return from the store I chop a green and red pepper and put on a cookie sheet in the freezer, then I chop green onions & spread on top of the peppers, followed by chopped ham, mushrooms, asparagus and broccoli. After all are frozen, they go into a zip lock bag, I can use 1/2 cup in my omelet