According to my grandmother, fruit is God’s candy, making it the perfect ending to a meal. I agree with Grandma ‚Äî fruit is a lovely, healthy way to end a meal. But I’ll also confess that the dessert lover in me sometimes craves something a smidge fancier. And by fancier, I mean with chocolate.
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By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press
We all know that eating fish several times a week is a healthy goal. But a lot of otherwise accomplished home cooks still find cooking fish a bit intimidating. The biggest worry? Drying it out.
Avocado is far more than just guacamole, club sandwiches and California omelets. This creamy, fatty, filling fruit (technically, it’s a berry), also is a great source of healthy fat, making it an excellent replacement for other fats.
People often ask me what my most-used kitchen tool is (a high-speed blender). But if you were to ask my mom that same question 30 years ago, I am sure she would have answered her Pyrex baking dish.
When I was growing up, probably 75 per cent of my meals were made in that thing. Baked fish. Baked chicken. Baked pasta. Baked rice casserole.
Cottage cheese is a staple in my home. I love its creamy, mild flavour. It pairs perfectly with some garlic and herbs to make a protein-packed crudite dip, yet it also is at home in a quick dessert of cottage cheese and unsweetened applesauce (a d’Arabian weeknight favourite).
Somewhere in the repertoire of every healthy-minded cook is a stir-fry. You chop up a bunch of veggies, cook them quickly at high heat, add meat or tofu, maybe a flavourful sauce or a sprinkle of chopped cashews or peanuts. Easy, healthy and versatile. And usually Asian in flavour profile.
Of all the trendy/healthy/unusual ingredients I use regularly in my cooking, the one I get questions about most is nutritional yeast (which tastes way better than it sounds).
There are two kinds of people ‚Äî fans of slow-cookers and those who haven’t tried them. I’m definitely the former.
In the world of beef roasts, marbling is king. The internal automatic basting power of tiny fat pockets melting into the meat is amazing.
Finger food can be tricky for the healthy eater. Tiny bites that explode with flavour often are loaded with empty calories and little nutrition. If I’m not paying attention at a party, I can easily inhale a day’s worth of calories, just because, well, I’m hungry. And finger food is so, you know, small. So I eat a lot.