Monthly Archives: May 2012

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Cooking Foods That Are Good For Your Health

May 28th, 2012 / / categories: Cooking /

Most people are well aware that fast food and on-the-go packaged snacks are not part of a nutritious diet. Even including the best vitamins within this diet often times does not work. Living in such an on-the-go culture, sometimes making healthier food choices takes a backseat to a busy lifestyle. But it certainly is not impossible to take a few extra minutes in your day to prepare some more wholesome meals to enjoy.

Scrambled eggs can not only be very quick to prepare and cook, but also quite healthy. Instead of butter, use a canola oil spray on your frying pan. Eggs are somewhat higher in cholesterol, so try adding in some egg whites along with your regular eggs. If you want to add some cheese for flavor, go for a lower-fat version. Throw in some diced peppers or tomatoes to get some veggies in your meal. It literally takes minutes to gather your ingredients and cook this nutritional breakfast food.

Craving some pizza for lunch? Why not try to make one for yourself in a flash? Your local supermarket should carry some already baked Naan bread, which is an Indian flatbread that you can be use instead of regular pizza dough. Go for whole wheat instead of regular white Naan. You can spread some pizza sauce, or even try bruschetta, pesto, or even jarred roasted tomatoes. Cut a few quarter-inch slices of lower-fat fresh mozzarella as your cheese. Chop up some fresh basil leaves and throw them on top. Add some black olives. Place your Naan pizza on a baking sheet, and pop it in no more than ten minutes. Naan bread pizza is absolutely delicious, and so easy to prepare.

Rather than order Chinese food for the fifth consecutive Friday night, try cooking a quick, healthy stir fry dinner. Stir frying is rather simple, and most of the few minutes it takes to complete is chopping peppers, cabbage, and some chicken breast. Add some oil to a wok or skillet and allow it to heat up. Add some minced garlic, and then throw in some ginger and green onions. Pop in some of the chicken. Take out the chicken after finished cooking, and put everything in a bowl. Then add some more oil to the skillet, and simply cook the veggies for five minutes. Add some chicken broth, and put on the lid, and allow to cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Put the chicken back in for several minutes. This is much quicker, healthier, and even cheaper than Chinese take-out.

These are just a few examples of easy, quick alternatives to typical drive-thru food choices. There are literally hundreds of similar recipes all over the Internet and in cookbooks. “Fast food” doesn’t have to mean the local burger joint or food chain. Healthy, homemade meals can be just as “fast.”

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Famous Cooks on Social Media

May 17th, 2012 / / categories: Cooking /

Twitter and Facebook have become an incredibly popular place for famous cooks to hang out. Fans love seeing what their favorite cooks are tweeting about. Rachel Ray tweets about her numerous entrepreneurial enterprises. Fans of southern cooking love to see what is going on in Tyler Florence’s kitchen. Alton Brown’s followers like to see his fascinating take on new recipes. Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis love to tweet back and forth about restaurant recommendations.

Rachel Ray is on both Twitter and Facebook. She began with her infamous 30 Minute Meals and has grown her empire with the help of social marketing. Fans can follow along with Rachel’s new daytime, cooking, television show. Followers can find out about different recipes and guests that will be appearing on her show. Twitter followers love hearing about Rachel’s dog Isaboo.

South Carolina’s Tyler Florence is incredibly popular on social media outlets. Fans of Tyler’s shows, books and restaurants can find him on both Facebook and Twitter. Tyler’s charisma carries over to his tweets. He has over 400,000 followers. He always manages to add the most delicious looking pictures to illustrate his tweets.

Bobby Flay is another cook that is so popular on various social media outlets. Iron Chef fans love keeping up to date with Bobby Flay’s life. He has been able to tweet progress on his new burger joint, Bobby’s Burger Palace. Bobby loves tweeting about what he is eating. Fans love it too. He is always encouraging fans to cook and eat well.

Giada De Laurentiis loves tweeting about her adorable daughter, Jade. Fans delight in getting great recipes and photos directly from Giada. Seeing what Giada is cooking at home is another benefit for her followers. She is able to use her Twitter and Facebook accounts to educate about her charity efforts with Oxfam. She feels strongly about poverty in the world and the plight of starving families everywhere. She also tweets and posts about her various product lines, books and show schedules.

Alton Brown remains one of the wackiest fan favorites on social media websites. The character in his profile picture on twitter is actually a puppet made in his likeness. Fans appreciate his interesting way of approaching the culinary arts. He is, after all, a self-described culinary loner. Geeks and food-lovers alike follow Alton to see what he is cooking.