Healthy Foods & Cooking

Healthy Foods & Cooking

Healthy Foods & Cooking
Do you want to cook healthier? With some simple tweaks, you can lighten up regular recipes for brownies, casseroles, and other tasty treats. Plan healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner by learning about healthy food substitutions. For instance, you can sprinkle powdered sugar on cakes instead of using frosting. Reduce fat and calories in baked goods by cutting the fat ingredient such as butter or margarine by one-half and substituting a moist ingredient like applesauce, fat-free sour cream or orange juice. Read on to learn more tips about healthy foods and in no time you will be cooking healthy recipes for you and your family.

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    Available year-round, both dried and canned, adzuki beans can be purchased in most Asian markets and natural food groceries. Look for shiny beans with a rich reddish brown or brownish purple color.

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    Good-quality beets should have their greens intact. The greens should be fresh-looking, with no signs of spoilage. Slightly flabby greens can be restored to freshness if stored in the refrigerator in water; if it is too late, you can simply cut off the greens. The beetroot should be firm, smooth, and a vibrant red-purple, not soft, wrinkled, and dull-colored.

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    Buying in bulk often does not save you money. If you don't read the due date and purchase items that expire very soon (and you don't have a family of 15), then it's wasted money. Bear in mind too that if the bulk product was in a bin and is a food that is sensitive to oxygen and light (e.g., nuts, seeds, grains), then you're doing yourself no favors. Most bulk foods come with preservatives and additives -- it's what allows it to be sold in bulk! That said, load up on organic frozen fruits and vegetables that your local bigbox store sells. Buying in bulk can help you get organic at lower cost. You can also visit company websites to learn new ways to use ingredients you buy in bulk so that you use up the product before the expiration date and get your money's worth.

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    In general, larger lobsters are sold in the fresh/ live market, where they command premium prices, while smaller lobsters are cooked and either frozen whole in "Popsicle packs" or shelled for their meat.

    Live lobsters should be active, and their tails should curl, not dangle, beneath them. After buying a live lobster, store it in the refrigerator covered with a damp cloth as soon as possible, and cook within six to 12 hours. Do not let it sit out at room temperature for more than half an hour, and never put a live lobster in fresh water for storage purposes. Denizens of the ocean, lobsters will die in fresh water.

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    Look for broccoli heads that are tight, firm, and dark green in color. Look at the bottom of the stalks to make sure they are not discolored. If the heads look yellowish that is an indication that the broccoli is no longer fresh. Once selected, store it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator drawer.
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    As with other meats, we strongly recommend choosing organic varieties of lamb. While the USDA inspection of lamb is mandatory, grading is voluntary; therefore, not all lamb is labeled with a grade. Lamb that is carries the title "Prime," "Choice," or "Select." Prime and Choice are the most tender and flavorful but also have a higher fat content. Although lamb is generally tender, you can ensure taste and quality in your lamb choice by buying lamb with pink, firm flesh and white marbling. Flesh that is soft and deeper is color and has fat with a yellow tinge may be past its freshness point. In past times, lamb was labeled "Spring" to let the consumer know that it was a fresh lamb brought to the market in spring or summer. Today, lamb is available during the whole year. So, the "Spring" label does not denote any greater freshness advantage. Like all fresh meats, the expiration date for purchase and use should be double-checked.

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    If possible, purchase turkey that has been organically raised or that is free range, since these methods of raising turkeys are more humane and produce turkeys that are tastier and better for your health. Organically grown turkeys have been fed an organically grown diet and have been raised without the use of hormones or antibiotics. Free-range turkeys are allowed access to the outdoors as opposed to being kept in buildings where large numbers of turkeys are confined with little space to move.

    Always check the date the bird was packaged, as well as the sell-by date, to ensure freshness. When visually inspecting a whole turkey, look for one that is firm but pliable when touched and plump, with a rounded breast. Whether purchasing a whole turkey or turkey parts, the meat should not smell "fowl" or have any strong odor. Turkey skin should look white and without mottling or blemishes. Do not buy a turkey with visible bruising or cuts. Frozen turkeys should feel rock solid, with no freezer burn or visible frozen liquids that may indicate unwanted freeze-thaw cycles.

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    Green peas are available in many forms: fresh pods, canned, frozen, and dried. Garden peas are generally available from the spring through the onset of winter, and snow peas can usually be found throughout the year in Asian markets, and from spring through the beginning of winter in supermarkets. Snap peas tend to be available only from late spring through early summer.

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