The Almost-Chefs: Foods You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Try Cooking

The idea of cooking a meal tends to fall into one of four categories, depending on the person being asked about it.

 

  1. “Cooking? I love it! I cook for fun, don’t even eat it and don’t care about the waste. I just love the feeling of creating something from nothing.”

 

  1. “Cooking? No. Not happening. I will burn it, it will taste foul, and I know what I like – and that’s takeout and restaurant food.”

 

  1. “Cooking? Well sure I can give it a go. I have some staple recipes that I know how to do reasonably well, but I’ve haven’t had time to try anything more adventurous than that.”

 

  1. “Cooking? I do it because I have to. I hate it, but I know my kids and I should eat fresh food. I despise every second of it, though.”

 

Some of these reactions are displayed by people who there’s not much help for. 1 and 2 are set in their ways. Perhaps 4 could be persuaded to find some joy in their own creations, but it’s unlikely.

 

The real pearl in the oyster here is the third option. A chef who doesn’t know they are one – yet. Someone who cooks for function, so they don’t have the opportunity to experiment.

 

Sound familiar? An enormous number of us fall into this category. We love food, but we don’t have the time to go beyond a few tried-and-tested recipes we know we can rely on. That hesitancy goes beyond the cooking itself; it influences what we choose to cook. We tend to leave aside different ingredients, afraid of cooking them and making a mistake. They become our food White Whales (in the Moby Dick sense… not the eating sense, of course!) [Read more…]

Want To Be A Super Saver? Let’s Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half

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We all know that buying a trolley load food for the week can be expensive and it’s often hard to keep track of how just much you’re spending. If you’ve got a family of fussy eaters, any particular dietary requirements such as vegetarians or vegans to consider, or kids that hoover up food like it’s going out of fashion it can be a nightmare to stay in budget while making sure that everyone’s happy!

 

Stick To Your List

 

Write your shopping list out in advance and plan your meals for the entire week as you’ll then know exactly what you need to buy. We’re aware it sounds slightly laborious, but by doing this, you can keep track of how much everything costs, look out for special offers and stock up on ingredients that you’ll need for each meal. Try to avoid going off the list as you’ll be inundated with what seem like good deals but our advice is always look at their size before adding items to the trolley. Don’t be tempted to buy just a ‘few treats’ to see you through the week or be swayed into purchasing a whole load of stuff for the kids that neither, you, nor they need.

 

Clip Those Coupons

 

One of the best ways to get money off everyday items is by couponing, so you know those little strips of paper you get with your receipt? Well, if you save enough of them, swapping ones you don’t need for those that you do with friends and family you can end up getting a substantial discount on many products or even for free. However, couponing will take up a fair amount of your time. You can spend hours at the kitchen table cutting them out of magazines and newspapers, while needing to know which ones are worth collecting, which appear regularly and what products sell like hotcakes so their vouchers never come up.

 

Make The Most Of Leftovers

 

Tons of perfectly edible food is thrown away every day simply because people do not understand sell and use by dates, are too eager to open brand new packets without finishing old ones first and don’t know how to make meals out of leftovers. If you find yourself with some leftover meat, potatoes, vegetables and sauce, you can easily make delicious fried potato hash cakes but ensure that the reheated meat’s piping hot before you eat them, as otherwise you could end up quite unwell. There are loads of fantastic ideas on how to turn a fridge full of leftovers into a meal fit for a king but Sana, at SuperSana.com has a whole page dedicated on what to do such as turning them into salads, curries, soups and even delicious, meaty lasagnas.

 

Grow Something

 

It’s highly possible, and cheap, to grow your own carrots, corn, lettuce, tomatoes, and even cucumber which is what many people did before commercial supermarkets arrived. Why not turn it into a family project? Getting everyone involved and establish a weekly rota, so you know exactly whose turn it is to check on, water, maintain and, of course, pull up or pick your vegetables.

 

Food-Tastic Ideas You Need To Make A Memorable Breakfast

Breakfast can always be a tricky time for moms. After all, it can be challenging to get your little ones to sit down and eat something before they can go to school. They say they are not hungry, or they don’t want their boring toast or cereal option. But as you know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And if your kids don’t eat anything, they will end up not concentrating properly in the morning. Therefore, they might end up doing poorly when they are at school. And not only this, but they will be hungry in an hour or two so might end up snacking on unhealthy choices. So you need to try and think of some good breakfast ideas that will entice them to eat up! Therefore, here are some food-tastic ideas you need to make a memorable breakfast.

 

Make some fruit-tastic smoothies for the kids

 

It’s often hard to get kids to consume enough fruit in their life. But with the recommended amount being five portions per day, it’s important to ensure they get their fill of fruit every single day. One way of doing this would be by making smoothies for breakfast. For one thing, it makes for an interesting breakfast option that your kids will hopefully not put their nose up at. After all, the delicious flavors can make the smoothies appetizing. And it’s better than sitting down at the table with a bowl of boring cereal. But also, making smoothies gives you a good chance to ensure your kids have their five-a-day. After all, you can add a ton of different fruits to the smoothies to make sure it’s delicious for your kids. And while they might hate particular fruits like oranges and apples when they are whole, they might actually enjoy them in a smoothie! The good thing about a smoothie is they can be consumed quickly. It means your kids won’t have to take ages sitting at the table. And if they don’t finish it before you need to get in the car, they can finish it on the way to school! Remember to let your kids help you to make the smoothies to ensure they drink them! And wash all fruit before you put it in the blender to ensure it’s healthy for the kids.

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