By: Nikki Nies
By: Nikki Nies
By: Nikki Nies
Celebrity chef and food advocate, Jamie Oliver is at it again! With his motto of
Start with nutritious ingredients and savor the cooking experience
at the forefront of all ventures, his new collaboration with Stanford University Residential & Dining Enterprises Stanford Dining, students have the opportunity to not only learn how to cook flavorful meals, but better understand how to make them healthier without trading flavor. In addition, with an open concept kitchen, with glass partitions for onlookers to see food as it’s prepared, this will increase the students’ confidence, skill and provide more opportunities to interact with guests.
I wish I was closer to Stanford to take advantage of this unique opportunity. So, I hope if you’re in the surrounding Stanford area you sign up!
When: upcoming Fall 2015
By using Jamie Oliver’s curricula, recipes, and inspiring teaching style, students will walk away with a greater appreciation for ‘fresh food.’ Not familiar with Jamie Oliver, get up to speed on some of his latest projects, such as Food Revolution and his demonstration on what’s really in your kid’s chicken nuggets. Intrigued? Sign up today!
By: Nikki Nies
I’ve always considered my initiation into the spicy palette world as starting during the fall of 2012, when I was living with an Italian family that only cooked with extra heat. However, now that I think about it, I’ve appreciated the kick that chili garlic sauce brings to dishes for quite some time. What was introduction to chili garlic sauce? My mother made me Sesame Chicken Noodle Salad in 2008 and I’ve been obsessed with these flavors ever since!
If you tend to opt for the non-spicy, buckle your seat and join the ride of flavors that include ginger, chili garlic sauce and snow peas! You won’t be able to resist these flavors!
Prepare sauce from the first 6 ingredients in a jar. Shake well and let sit for at least a couple of hours at room temperature. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. While pasta is cooking, whisk the sauce in a very large bowl. Add hot pasta, green onions and chicken and toss well to coat. Add cilantro and optional pea pods and water chestnuts. Toss to blend. Will serve 4 dinner entrees or 6 lunch servings.
I recently made this recipe for another family that I’ve been graciously been staying with as I wrap up the chapter in my life in Illinois. They were surprised how healthy it was and had the right amount of vegetables and protein for them! While most of these ingredients can now be found in the local grocery store, it may be worth the investment to stop by your local Asian market and/or invest in the larger size bottles of oil or vinegar if you plan to experiment more with Asian flavors!
While cast iron skillets may be “heavy” in weight, they require a lot of tender loving care (TLC)! Not only do these skillets require special attention while cleaning, but they need to be seasoned properly to be used at optimally. Okay, they’re kind of high maintenance, but the care that is required is well worth it. As one of the oldest forms of cookware, they’re durable and reliable, heating evenly and retaining heat amazingly!
Tips for using cast iron skillet:
After a few rounds of using the cast iron skillet, you’ll be itching to experiment with your new skillet. How many of you have a personal history with your cast iron skillet? Was it passed down to you from your mother and/or having a history of stories behind it?
With the holiday season just around the corner, it seems fitting to talk about a giving activity–Cooking Matters, that is. Cooking Matters strives to make sure children have access to the healthy foods they need daily. Participants include mothers, fathers and whole families that want to make healthier meals on a budget, learn sound nutrition advice and how to cook delicious dishes!
As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign, for the past 20 years, Cooking Matters has made tremendous contributions with the help of volunteer instructors. More than 120,000 low income families have had greater access to the necessary tools and resources to eat healthier! In addition, Cooking Matters has been features on the Let’s Move campaign and recognized by the USDA for its excellence in nutrition education.
Want access to Cooking Matters while on the go? Make sure to download their free healthy app, that offers more than 90 recipes for you to make today! What’re you waiting for?!?
Photo Credit:Cooking Matters
While obesity is a preventable disease, we’re currently on the losing end of the war. It’s not only an American, first world problem. As a global epidemic, Jamie Oliver has once again, thankfully, taken it upon himself to lead a Food Revolution! While we’re by no means deprived of food, with so many options, more children than ever are malnourished due to the number of empty calories they consume on a regular basis.
Jamie Oliver explains the premise behind said Revolution!
“Since I’ve been working in America, I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who have come out to support the Food Revolution. More than 630,000 people have signed the petition, over 300,000 of you subscribe to our newsletter and thousands of you have written to me. The only message I keep hearing is that you believe your kids need better food, and that you want help to keep cooking skills alive. That’s why this Food Revolution matters.” -Jamie Oliver
It’s great to hear others acknowledge and understand the issue at large. The Food Revolution is a great platform to help inspire all to get back into the kitchen to cook real food from scratch and get away from the pre packaged, processed products that are ubiquitously calling our names! This movement has already made great strides toward health awareness and changing how we eat. Still not convinced change is needed?
Global obesity alarming #s:
What are you waiting for?!? There’s so many ways you can contribute to this revolution and be part of the change! Sign the global petition today! Learn more about this Revolution and how you can get involved today!
I grew up using a microwave as my go-to source of reheating food! When I moved into my first apartment last year, where there wasn’t a microwave provided in the unit, I didn’t realize how much I have come to rely on my microwave. Until I got to the store to buy a microwave, my roommates and I resorted to heating food up on the stove. For my generation, we admit we’ve had it easy technology wise. Yet, that doesn’t mean we’re willing to giving up our gadgets or “convenience” machines.
With that said, my time in Illinois has given me great insight and incentives to find ways to cut corners to make my money stretch while still eating a balanced, healthy diet. I will not sacrifice quality food,I am a nutrition student after all! Due to limited space and financials, my roommates and I have made do with some basic essentials, we had two pans and that’s all we need! As you can probably tell, I’ve learned how to stretch my food and utilize all my food and equipment to the fullest, this includes the microwave!
There’s tons recipes on line that are microwave friendly. Here are some recipes I’ve tried myself and have found to be equally as good as if it were made in the oven or stove top!
My days of only reheating food in the microwave are over. I now embrace the ability to make full meals in a cup or bowl in the microwave. Yes, you heard me! Whether you’re in the mood for whipping up breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and/or dessert, your reliant microwave is always available! An added bonus, less clean up =]!
Have you used your microwave for some great meals? What tips do you have for smoother microwave cooking?
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Several of my friends and family, including my parents, struggle with making meals that they can adequately eat since many of them are either not big eaters and/or would be cooking for one. While I personally don’t struggle with making too many quantities of food as I love not having to cook every night, I can understand why the extra leftovers can be daunting.
In case you need tips on what to do with leftovers, you’re in luck! There’s tons of ways to reduce spoilage and to make your meals last longer. However, if you need further incentive to get in the kitchen instead of opting for take out or a bowl of cereal, let me direct you to some worthwhile tips!
The best part of cooking for yourself? You get to eat what you want, how you want without any compromises! Yes, there may be more freedom in the kitchen in terms of artistic creativity, but it doesn’t mean you have to throw out all you’ve learned regarding healthy cooking!
I’ve found the best part of cooking for myself is that I’ve gotten quite well acquainted with my freezer. I don’t have to worry about rushing home to get dinner on the table, but when I make a casserole or have leftover soup, I can individually package the leftovers to get out for a later date.
For those of you cooking for yourselves, what tips have you found to make cooking hassle free?
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Happy September! We’re officially in the 4th quarter of 2014! With kids back in school and summer officially over, what better time to dive into new recipes than now?!?
I’ve praised several websites for their fabulous display of varying recipes. For example, Budget Bytes is definitely one of my go to placse when I’m trying to see the cost breakdown of ingredients. If I’m in the mood for a less traditional, yet delicious recipe, I’ll head to Skinny Taste! Yet, when I want more creative control in kitchen, I always find myself on Yummly.
What I love most about yummly is the incredible customization of searches. For example, if you want to exclude certain ingredients due to allergies, food preferences or due to the mere lack of ingedients in your pantry you can do that! Or if you want to go for a more savory recipe, but not sure what you’re looking for, Yummly’s got you covered. In addition, due to Yummly’s relationship with varying websites and blogs, you don’t have to worry about not finding a recipe you like. Their exhaustive connections are guaranteed to find you what you want!
Check out there advanced search engine and customize your searches to great flavors and tastes! Again, the best part of yummly, the options are endless.