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Scratch it baby

These days, most people know that maintaining optimal health begins with what we eat.  The problem is in today’s world everything is fast paced including food.  In the olden days the mom would be home home cooking and keeping house all day long.  There would be time to bake homemade breads and cook all meals from scratch with wholesome ingredients.  This is just not possible anymore with 2 income families.  Even if one parent stays home there are tons of activities and things to get done that make this type of cooking nearly impossible.

Here are some ways to facilitate the process of making healthy foods.  Consider small appliances as tools to make quick and easy recipes.  For example, a small immersion blender turns a pot of chunky vegetables into a smooth soup.  It does the same for a pot of meat sauce and the bonus is the kids won’t know you blended veggies into it!  A food processor is the king for chopping and grating.  I use mine to grate large blocks of cheese.  This saves me money because pre-grated cheese is a fortune.  I use the grated cheese on homemade pizza, over pasta, in casseroles and for omelets.  The standing mixer is da bomb when it comes to baking.  It’s easy to buy cookies and other snacks for lunches but nothing beats homemade especially since you can control the amount of sugar and the type of flour that goes into the recipe.  Home baked goods can be a source of whole grains and fiber.  Store bought less so.

When making a meal from scratch why not make a double batch and freeze it right away?  Chop the vegetables the night before and your meal will be half prepared when you get home from work.  Order your groceries online which creates more time to cook. As you can see, the key to healthy eating really is in the planning.  Take some time to make menus and grocery lists so you already know what to make for supper or go to a website like www.thescramble.com which does it for you.

These are just a few ideas to motivate you to cook more and order or eat out less.  Stay tuned for some cooking short cuts to create easy and healthy meals.

 

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Knead Dough to Make Dough

If you read my last post you know I caught the Kitchenaid on fire making challah.  I want to make more challah.  Freshly baked challah smells heavenly.  I tried making it by hand the week after I killed the appliance.  The recipe called for 7 cups of flour but it was so sticky I kept adding more flour and ended up with at least 14 cups.  It was hard to knead by hand and the texture from the cooked bread showed it. 

I really want another mixer machine. I once had a bread machine.  The idea was you had to dumb all the ingredients into the machine drum and presto ernesto after a few hour you had bread.  All I had was a weird tasting funny shaped loaf with a mixer piece baked into it. Feh

I don’t want a bread maker.  I can put the dough in the oven myself.  I need a mixer.  A machine that will let me effortlessly create challah, birthday cakes, banana bread, cookies, cheesecake and brownies.  All to be eaten in moderation of course!

The machine I want needs to hold 14 cups of flour.  This way I can make many loaves of challah at once and freeze the rest of the dough for the next 2 weeks.  The way I see it, with a 6 quart bowl I could make bread every 3 weeks.

Here’s the problem, these machines are sooooo expensive.  Like $500 expensive.  It just seems like an awful lot of dough to make dough.  The machine that burned was a Walmart Kitchenaid basic model that my lovely German friend left me when she moved back (something about a plug issue).  It’s more reasonably priced at around $250 but I don’t think it was meant for mixing dough. Not enough power and I am not dumb enough to try that again.

I saw the machine of my dreams at a friend’s home.  Here it is.  Drool…..  The beauty of the this one is the machine mixes from the bottom not the top.  Less messy and easier to make bread dough.  It all also has an 800 watt motor. Wow!

What do you think?

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Y’are Whatya Eat

These days, most people know that maintaining optimal health begins with what we eat.  The problem is in today’s world everything is fast paced including food.  In the olden days the mom would be home home cooking and keeping house all day long.  There would be time to bake homemade breads and cook all meals from scratch with wholesome ingredients.  This is just not possible anymore with 2 income families.  Even if one parent stays home there are tons of activities and things to get done that make this type of cooking nearly impossible.

ImageHere are some ways to facilitate the process of making healthy foods.  Consider small appliances as tools to make quick and easy recipes.  For example, a small immersion blender turns a pot of chunky vegetables into a smooth soup.  It does the same for a pot of meat sauce and the bonus is the kids won’t know you blended veggies into it!  A food processor is the king for chopping and grating.  I use mine to grate large blocks of cheese.  This saves me money because pre-grated cheese is a fortune.  I use the grated cheese on homemade pizza, over pasta, in casseroles and for omelets.  The standing mixer is da bomb when it comes to baking.  It’s easy to buy cookies and other snacks for lunches but nothing beats homemade especially since you can control the amount of sugar and the type of flour that goes into the recipe.  Home baked goods can be a source of whole grains and fiber.  Store bought less so.

When making a meal from scratch why not make a double batch and freeze it right away?  Chop the vegetables the night before and your meal will be half prepared when you get home from work.  Order your groceries online which creates more time to cook. As you can see, the key to healthy eating really is in the planning.  Take some time to make menus and grocery lists so you already know what to make for supper or go to a website like www.thescramble.com which does it for you.

These are just a few ideas to motivate you to cook more and order or eat out less.  Stay tuned for some cooking short cuts to create easy and healthy meals.

p.s. That is a picture of the Kitchenaid right before it caught fire. I was making homemade bread.