Find yourself digging through the cupboards and end up eating something that you aren't even hungry for, just because the box/packaging had a bright, appetizing, appealing picture?
1. Find the places where you give up easiest (work, school, home)
The fastest way I've found to cut the grease on stovetop and other kitchen surfaces is plain old rubbing alcohol. It won't clean, but if you clean first, then apply the alcohol, you'll have a nice grease-free shine.
I live in an older building anf out sink it prone to "stains"- the amount of scrubbing to remove them is ridiculous! THis handy trick assures me my sink is as clean as it's gonna get with almost noi effort on my part!
I found a great kitchen tool. It looks like a cylinder-shaped sponge on the end of a handle. The sponge is yellow but the round end has a blue scrubby texture. It is made for cleaning mugs and works wonderfully on mugs, cups and glasses, but I also use it when rinsing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. I also use it on Teflon pots and pans. And then I put it, handle-end-down in my... (continued)
If you need a non-stick freindly pot scrubber and don't ahve time to run to the store..get the bag that onions come in and wrap a regular sponge ( or your scrubby spnge that has lost its powers-LOL) in it. It will do the job fast and you can rinse and reuse or toss it when done. No need to make a special trip to the store!
I put a sign above the sink stating "No dirty dishes in the sink." It's easier to get the dishes started when they are not piled in there, and it makes you feel better to have a clean sink. Also, people are forced to stack dishes as we have limited counter space beside the sink.
I soak kitchen linens [towels, rags, cloths] overnight in my washer. Regular detergent + Borax + non-chlorine bleach. Gets out grease, coffee/wine/berry stains, general kitchen yuck. If ya wanna be healthy, ya gotta cook. This means kitchen mess. Clean kitchen linens = a more cheerful cook!
If you're anything like I was, you have boxes upon boxes of unhealthy foods in your kitchen cabinets. Get rid of them, and restock with healthy choices. You can donate the unopened boxes to a food pantry, and by doing good for others, you'll also be doing good for yourself and your family!
I use a label maker to keep everything organized; it's worked in my kitchen, my office, craft room, storage space, and bathroom. Just seeing the labels reminds me that everything has a correct place, and makes me want to keep things neat and tidy! It especially helps to keep food fresh.
For the same price as a bunch of cut fresh herbs at the supermarket, you can buy a small potted herb plant at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Keep it on your kitchen windowsill and use when you're cooking. Fresh herbs add so much flavor that you won't even miss the salt and fat you cut out of the recipe!
When I buy canned fruit or vegetables, I take a permanent marker and put the date bought on the lid. Even with an expiration date, I still use this system to let me know just how long that particular item has been in my pantry.
Make sure you accurately track all your meals.
You can lose weight or at least workout WHILE you cook!:
A trick learned from my days as a coffee house waitress. Sprinkle a tablespoon or so of salt into the bottom of your dry empty COOLED TO ROOM TEMPERATURE coffee pot. Add a couple of ice cubes and swirl them around. Rinse and admire your crystal-clean work!