First off, always use the freshest ingredients available. When buying a bag of flour, don’t forget that it has been sitting around for at least a day or longer! If you want to make a crisp, golden brown pastry, don’t settle for less than brand new flour. Also, don’t assume that just because a bottle of wine is new that it’s freshly bottled! Bad wines can have an almost musty, stale flavor and are nearly impossible to avoid once they’ve been bottled.
Second, use butter, cheese, or margarine. If you can’t stand one of these, then forget it! But if you like these foods, then feel free to include them in your dish. Onions, tomatoes, bell pepper, mushrooms, and olives round out this great versatile list of food ingredients. And the healthy fats in cheese, margarine, and butter will really add a nice, healthy boost to your meal.
Third, don’t overcook any recipe. I start my days with a giant microwave loaded with frozen vegetables – oatmeal, whole grain bread, fresh fruit, and water. By the time I get out of the shower, I’m ready to cook anything. But I try to keep the heat on a medium heat to avoid scorching and overcooking.
Fourth, try using fish or chicken breast instead of lean meat. Even a few grams of protein can improve your metabolism. By switching to fish or chicken breast you’ll be getting more protein and eating healthier than ever before! Don’t overcook either – it’s just not good for you. I usually try to cook a half a pound of chicken breast with a package of frozen vegetables each day.
Fifth, forget about the calorie counting pills. They’re a waste of money, don’t work, and can actually make you fat. Instead, focus on eating smaller portions and drinking lots of water. The trick is to eat frequently enough so that your body can “swell up” and burn calories quicker. Combine that with quality exercise and you’ll start to lose weight in no time at all!
Sixth, get a new cookbook – or a whole new way of cooking! You can always use a book that you already own if you want to learn a new method of cooking. But why not add some spices to your arsenal? That’s right – there are hundreds of spices that will spice up your cooking in a way that you’ll never even have imagined.
Seventh, find a cooking partner! Cooking by yourself is great, but let a professional help you out. That’s right – get an expert cook to mentor you! Your meals will come out better, you’ll save time, and you’ll have fun doing it together!
Finally, don’t forget the kitchen accessories that can make your life easier. For example, make sure you have enough aprons to take on your next multi-plate dinner. Or invest in a good pair of kitchen gloves so that you don’t end up with smelly fingers after you’re done cooking. And, while we’re on the topic of cleaning up afterward, remember that dishcloths and towels are an essential part of your clean-up kit!
Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before. It really isn’t that hard. Just follow these simple tips and you’ll be able to quickly get your food cooking in no time. Good luck, and may your cooking be the best it can be!
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