Healthier Meals With Herbs,Fruits and Vegetables – Decorate Your Dinner Table With Herbs and Olives!

Cooking is more than just making food to be eaten or feeding yourself, family and friends~ Cooking is an ability to enjoy creating something tasty, healthy, beautiful, health-beneficial, or marvelous! Create healthier dishes with fresh herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables,or fresh herbs and olives to decorate!

~There are so many unique things that distinguish a persons’ cooking style that to say that one way of cooking is better than another is misinformation. Albeit there are a lot of greatly experienced cooks and chefs, remember, your family has an affinity for some of their favorite dishes and a blue ribbon dish is probably not one of them. ** Cooking styles come and go and change and flow according to ingredients, availability of fresh vegetables, fruits, spices and grains, though some things never change and that is the comfort foods that are what you and me grew up eating in our family dinner plates. Family is a relative term~ ha, ha, in both senses of the word. A good family meal is enjoyed with people that congregate together in comfort at the dinner table to enjoy each others company; coupled by great tasting and smelling food and drink where they partake as a group activity.~

I enjoy cooking, especially when cooking for my husband and close friends that become family while we are enjoying delicious southern, Mediterranean or unique blends of cooking styles that are blended and borrowed from other cultures. I enjoy borrowing tastes, ingredients and ideas from many cultures and cooking styles,

Let me remind you of some very delicious, natural things, when added can make soups, salads or stews have a tangy, spicy or colorful taste to appease and please the people you feed at your dinner table.

Whenever possible, I like to add fresh, sliced or grated ginger, lemon peel, and tumeric, for color, or chopped celery leaves to most any dish, hot or cold any temperature can receive a nice color, flavor or boost of vitamins to your dish.

If you wish to add color to white rice, add slices of peeled and grated fresh tumeric and review the healthy benefits of adding tumeric to your meals. If you enjoy onions and peppers, add them, whether cooked or raw, they add a lot of vitamin C and other healthy antioxidants to your daily food intake. Onions and garlic can not only help your eyesight or arthritis, pain or inflammation, they offer more healthy benefits~ Make tasty food do double duty as medicine, especially when added as a little everyday, now that’s a good healthy regime!

How about healthy, edible garnishes? I like to cut and decorate fresh radishes and serve as rosette garnishes on my dinner plate as decoration, color, and of course, radishes have great health effects as well. *Apples, fresh cranberries, grapes, peeled pomegranate seeds, sliced oranges, fresh dates, shelled almonds, shelled pistachios and walnuts all make great holiday decorations on your dinner tables. * Guest will want to eat before, during or after your holiday meal is served, or during the meal for additional tasty options and food flavors to savor throughout the course of your holiday festivities.

*Instead of a cheesy spread served with hot bread, try chopping raw vegetables to have a lot of colors on your linen tablecloth this Thanksgiving. Place cut strips of sliced carrots, celery sticks and small bowels of different types and colors of olives instead of flowers to decorate your holiday table this year. * Olives come in many different colors, it’s really fun to decorate tables with edible items. How about adding pieces of lemon grass,rosemary,cilantro springs, parsley sprigs and mint leaves to your dinner table? ** Place them in small ramiken dishes, or tiny crystal cups, they decorate your table, add aroma, and of course, these items can be utilized by your guests for added flavoring to the dishes that serve as condiments as well. Your dinner guests can sprinkle mint leaves on their turkey, parsley springs to their stuffing, cilantro flowers to their salads and even fresh rosemary to their mashed potatoes. ** If you enjoy capping off your meal with a good-quality Chinese Green Tea, then adding the lemon grass or fresh mint leaves to your tea is a delicious way to end your healthy decorated and displayed array of raw herbs and vegetables, your guests will surely find your holiday dinner table unique and decorated with a lot of fragrant herbs is a great, fantastic and marvelous way to end the last meal of the day!**I hope you enjoy your healthy holiday dinner tips and that you will try one or more ideas with your family and friends!

Make Something Hearty for the Party – Healthier Meatballs! Great for Office or Family Party Events!

When thinking of great food to contribute to the office potluck, or even your own sponsored holiday dinner table; thoughts of hearty dishes come to mind. With the change of season comes many reasons to add heavier, home-cooked dishes for potluck meals or anytime is the right time for meatballs!

There are many different variations of ingredients to add to your favorite ground meat, ground turkey, or ground lamb meatballs, though I wish to share some not-so-traditional tips. Adding healthy vegetables added in lieu of breadcrumbs, eggs, cheese or ketchup. Not that there’s anything wrong with those ingredients, I just want to share some healthy alternatives for YOU to try- COME ON, At least once, please…

Meatballs tend to get tough, dry or if not spiced and seasoned enough can oftentimes be bland tasting. One of the main reasons why meatballs get tough is that they have been handled too much in the process of adding blended herbs and spices. Ground meat of any sort is delicate and if you intend to handle and manipulate the shape a lot, then I suggest you pay attention to my suggestion for tender, great tasting, hearty, healthy meatball additives.

Of course, season according to your taste- Here is a recipe suggestion adding herbs and spices. If you ask me what I add, I can gladly share my ingredients additives with you!

For one and a half pounds of ground meat I add:

3 minced garlic cubes

1 full sliced and chopped red onion

1 handful of chopped cilantro and the same amount of parsley( curly parsley always works best)

1 med carrot, peeled, minced with a cheese grater

2 celery stalks, sliced, chopped and finely cut- Note: I include the celery leaves too, for added flavor and magnesium

*Seasonings:

2 teaspoons each:salt, fresh ground cumin, paprika

~and 1 teaspoon fresh ground multi-colored pepper or black pepper

For cooking,** I cook in my toaster over first, to get rid of excess animal fat. NOTE: For cooking meatballs you want to buy meat that is 70% lean, otherwise your meatballs may become too dry and you will end up adding butter for flavor.

*When meat is almost cooked, still pink inside, remove meatballs from the pan in your toaster oven, actually separating your meatballs from the animal fat that cooked it, blot the excess grease with a paper towel. Now you are ready to transfer your meatballs to a crock pot or an electric stock pan and add to the tomato sauce recipe, per below.

For the crock pot or stock pan~ sauce:

**Use 3 garlic cubes and mince them with a cheese grater.

Fry the garlic with a small amount of good-quality olive oil. Lightly fry, do not let the garlic cook to any more than a few minutes- make sure that your heat source is not too high. Cook enough to where you can smell the aroma of garlic, then add your fresh minced tomatoes, per below and finish by adding condiments to taste.

**Use 3 fresh, whole tomatoes, cut in half, now with a cheese grater rub the tomatoes against the grater to make a juicy tomato puree. Do not include the skin. Season with salt and pepper and cumin to taste. Add chopped cilantro, parsley and any other herb that you select that will come together nicely when allowed to slow cook in a hot sauce and tasty, well seasoned ground meat!

Allow all ingredients to slow sinner for 25 minutes and enjoy your hearty meatballs.

~NOTE: the carrots and celery will naturally tenderize the meat and is a really neat way to replace eggs, cheese, breadcrumbs or ketchup. You’ll find that the taste is great and actually consume your meal with less animal fat and less guilt.

*I enjoy learning from you and from others offering me knowledge continuously!

Why You Should Include Cooking Oil on a Regular Basis

There are so many types of cooking oils that can benefit your daily life and it’s important to stay as healthy as possible. In general there are always do’s and don’ts when it comes to any kind of food item. Therefore, the consumption of cooking oil on a daily basis could be quite beneficial to your dietary requirements when taken in moderation.

Vegetable oils are rich in Vitamin E. A person needs this particular nutrient to assist with cardiovascular or heart conditions. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it will completely heal the heart but rather to prevent dangerous muscle spasms. However, it is important to consult with a doctor for advice.

It is important to consume vegetable oil as it aids with the various toxins and sunlight that causes damage to our bodies. Luckily the cooking oil can help prevent most cancers in the body. It is known that cancer is difficult to get rid of but with the right diet you can help your body to stay healthy.

Cooking oils usually contain a lower amount of unsaturated fats. With that in mind it is very important to know this information especially if you have a cholesterol problem. Cholesterol problems are the main reason why a person is likely to have a heart condition. It is possible to get your cholesterol on track again with the consumption of the correct types of food, namely foods that are low in unsaturated fats.

Sunflower oil is quite popular and contains a healthy amount of proteins. The proteins in this cooking oil, however, are not enough to cut meat and vegetables out of your diet. Remember that you need protein to repair muscle and tissue as well as to have energy for the day ahead.

When you add some cooking oil to your diet you are helping your body with the digestion process. Although not a large amount of Vitamin B-12 is found in this ingredient, it still plays an important role. If this vitamin or iron is not consumed a person has a high chance of becoming anaemic. Vitamin B-12 helps with the regeneration of red blood cells therefore you could become more prone to bruising.

It is important to take the correct foods on a daily basis and luckily sunflower oil assists your body with staying healthy. You can use it in most recipes because it is the most versatile ingredient that you could find.

Easy Cooking Ideas

Cooking could be a tiring task for all whether it is working parents, singles or housewives. Preparing lunch boxes for your kids or making lunch and dinner seems like such daunting tasks especially if it is too hot or too cold out there. But why should we worry when we can cook quite easily and conveniently? Feeling confused that how can cooking be easy? Read on to learn how you can switch to easy cooking solutions.

Instead of over burdening yourself, simply adopt easy cooking ideas. No need to go through the tiresome task of baking muffins and breads for breakfast, try smoothies and delectable fruit cereals. To do this, buy a juicer and blender to share your workload and help you create a wonderful breakfast for your loved ones. Juicing is an extremely healthy option for people of all ages and this is why we stress upon using your juicer quite often. Make use of the freshest fruits of the season or try nutritious veggies, all can be done easily if you buy blender that is of top quality.

Research reveals that what you eat has its impact on your brain. So use nuts and seeds to boost the brainpower of your child. Just use a blender to shake nuts and seeds with milk or any other beverage. Make your child have this healthy drink. It improves brain performance so that you and your family gets wholesome nourishment and you better life styles.

Easy cooking not only helps you in kitchen but it also reduces the required cooking time. In such busy routines that we are so accustomed to, we can’t afford to spare 3-4 hours to make curries and casseroles. Buy juicer and food processors to help you make complex recipes without much ado. The time saved will help you spend more quality time with your family. Don’t forget to wear good quality oven gloves when you set out to make a delicious casserole or baked goodies.

Whole grain cereals, berries juices, peanut butter and your favorite veggies all these can be so beneficial to make cooking easy. Buy a blender and make juice, shakes and smoothies along with soups and even porridges.

Buy juicers to make fresh juice of berries, as berries are full of powerful antioxidants which promote strong cognitive function and protect you from negative health issues. How can we forget an avocado here which contributes to healthy blood flow, leading to impressive growth of body and brain. The fruit is also famous for lowering the blood pressure too.

Whether you are into juicing or not, it is a fact that having fresh fruit juice at any time of the day is far more satiating than processed foods and unhealthy items. Make your families habitual of eating vegetables as they are main source of vitamins and full of fuel for healthy brain function.

Do not over-cook them; just stir fry them to save nutritious value that is so important for us. Use green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, cucumber, collard green and cabbage etc., these are powerhouses of minerals and vitamins and these can be cooked in merely minutes.

So do not become sick or afraid of cooking, instead go for easy cooking ideas and choose the most effective ways to nourish your family.

Instead of over burdening yourself, simply adopt easy cooking ideas. No need to go through the tiresome task of baking muffins and breads for breakfast, when you can come up with a wonderful breakfast for your loved ones with your juicers and blenders. All can be done easily if you buy a top quality blender.