Monthly Archives: March 2017

Spring Clean your Kitchen for Healthy Cooking

PrintAfter years of learning how to cook healthy and delicious meals in my kitchen, there are a few tricks that I can share with novice cooks. One of these tricks involves the state of your kitchen. If you have a messy kitchen that’s not stocked with what you need, it’s much easier to just grab food through a drive through. However, if your kitchen is clean, orderly and fully stocked, you’ll find cooking to be much more enjoyable. Here are 5 things you can do to spring clean your kitchen for healthy cooking.

1. Get rid of unwanted pantry items

Before you can fill your kitchen with healthy items, you’ll need to rid your pantry and cupboards of unwanted items. Pull everything out of each cupboard and drawer, and put them into piles of items you use and items you don’t use. Give away or throw away the unwanted items, and put the wanted items aside until later.

 

2. Clean out your fridge and freezer

The next step is to clean our your ridge and freezer. Just like you did with your pantry items, sort them into piles of wanted and unwanted items. Check for things that are expired or that you haven’t used in the last 6 months. While everything is out, wipe down the shelves, drawers and walls so it’s clean before you put the wanted items back in.

3. Assign and consolidate containers

Now that you have all the items you want to keep, it’s time to find appropriate sized containers for everything. Feel free to consolidate items whenever possible, like putting different types of noodles together in one box. Place the items back in the fridge, freezer, cupboards and drawers with the most used items within easy reach.

4. Donate unused gadgets

Go through all your bowls, plates, silverware, and kitchen gadgets to find items that you don’t really need. Think about what you cook most often, and rid yourself of things you might only use once a year. Any items you don’t need anymore can be donated to a local thrift store or charitable organization.

5. Stock up on universal ingredients

Now it’s time to stock up on what you really need in your kitchen. Regardless of what you cook, there are certain ingredients that are used over and over again in most kitchens. Some of these include flour, salt, vanilla, sugar, oats, baking soda, olive oil, chocolate chips, rice and baking powder. Go through a list of recipes you want to make and fill your cupboards and pantry with these universal items. Once you have all these popular items, you’ll be able to make whatever you want.

 

5 Sensational Spring Salads

Spring vegetables with edible flowersAs the ice of winter starts to thaw, it’s time to start thinking about flowers popping out of the ground, warmer weather, and delicious spring fruits and vegetables. It’s usually when I get out of my food hibernation filled with soups and crock-pot dishes, and start thinking about fresh salads. If spring makes you crave salads, here are 5 that you’ll absolutely love.

 

Caribbean Tossed Mango Salad

This is the must have salad that combines both sweet and salty tastes from the brown sugar, red peppers, avocados and cucumbers for a great addition to any BBQ. The zesty dressing is one of a kind and amazing.

 

 

Green Spring Salad

Crisp is the flavor that describes this salad. This Green Spring Salad combines sweet tomatoes with a bed of delicious greens. The savory parmesan cheese wakens up the veggie flavor even more!

Quinoa Spinach Corn Salad

Quinoa Spinach Corn Salad is a nice vegan salad full of protein and iron. It has flavors of spinach, sweet corn, and tart cranberries that are perfect together. This is a warm and cold salad that is a perfect enough to be a side dish.

Grilled Chicken Parmesan Salad

This Grilled Chicken Parmesan Salad is perfect for dinner tonight. This is a full meal salad loaded with protein and crunchy croutons over a delicious green medley.

Steak Pepper Avocado Salad

Steak Pepper Avocado Salad is a perfect full meal salad and great if you have leftover steak from the night before. This recipe includes savory steak on a bed of greens and sweet baby peppers and tomatoes.