Monday, December 23, 2013

Random Kitchen Tips

Most of these tips are things I have gleaned from others and have found very useful.  I'm just passing them on.  

Money Stretchers
  • Grate up the stalks of your broccoli and put them in soups, chili, and stews or in this recipe.  They are free and packed full of fiber and nutrition so this is a Nutrition Packer tip also!
  • Save your bacon grease in a glass container in the fridge and use it for cooking.  It's FREE! And contrary to long held popular belief, perfectly healthy! 
Time Savers:
  • Anytime you make mashed sweet potatoes, mashed rutabagas or mashed butternut squash, make lots extra and freeze in single serving portions.  These things freeze VERY well and make the perfect side dish to a quick lunch or dinner when you've run out of time.
  • Chop onions and bell peppers up ahead and freeze them in appropriate amounts.  I put some 1/2 cup portions in snack baggies for scrambled eggs and some 1 cup portions in plastic freezer containers for use in recipes.  I use a chopper like this and I am done in no time. 

Nutrition Packers:
  • Put cubed or whole radishes in soups, casseroles and stews.  Once cooked, they loose their red color and spicy flavor and it's hard to tell that they are not potatoes or turnips.  They are packed with nutrition too! 
  • Grate radishes into salads.  Even picky eaters won't notice.  
  • Add a tablespoon or two of ground flax seed to almost anything: pancakes, oatmeal, baked goods or soups and casseroles. 
  • Grate a carrot into almost any meal to add nutrition and low calorie fiber: soups, chili, really, anything. 

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