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How Much Can You Save by Eating at Home?

Mar
19

In the latest articles, I shared with you some methods of making a favorite food healthier, to make possible enjoying such foods completely guilt free. In today’s post, I would like to talk about an issue that many people are facing today: spending too much money on eating out. By choosing to eat at home, you can end up with plenty of money in your pocket, but the question is: how much can you really save by eating at home?snacks

When I thought about saving money by eating at home, the first thing I did was to write down everything I bought as food and drinks when outside the home. And I am talking about everything. You would be surprised to see how much money you can end up spending on snacks and diet cokes alone. While they may not seem like real food – which they aren’t – they still go inside your belly, and they still cost you money, and added up, you can easily see that you can spend quite a lot of money on trifle things like this.

fruits-vegetablesAnother thing I did was starting to go shopping for groceries on scheduled days. And, when I do that, I try to get in bulk as much as possible. Fruits and veggies are available in both fresh and canned format, and if you get enough ingredients for fill your pantry and your refrigerator for an entire week, you will notice that you will spend less money every day.

Here is another tip I have adopted and I am sticking to, in order to save money by cooking at home: I have a scheduled menu for the entire week. Although this may sound a bit too boring and too predictable, the truth is that I save a lot of time by knowing exactly what to cook and how to cook. Secondly, I cook food for 2 or 3 days so that I do not have to spend a lot of time cooking every day.

So, you may still wonder how much money can be saved by eating at home? According to my calculations, in a year, the savings amount can range from several hundreds to several thousands of dollars. As anything in life, eating out is more of a habit than anything else, and you can drop it, as you would any bad habit that you know it is wrong and bad for your health and for your finances.

I hope this post motivates you to start cooking at home and saving money on the long run.

Can your favorite dish be healthy?

Mar
07

Oftentimes, enjoying my favorite food just won’t be possible if I am to stick to healthy eating habits. With quesadilla being my all-time favorite food, my resolution to observe healthy eating this year may need to be shelved for the nth time. Thankfully, I found this healthy quesadilla recipe that uses unique ingredients supplemented with healthy and light substitutes so I won’t have to sacrifice on the intense flavors I really love. Quick and easy to follow, this awesome Spicy Chicken Quesadilla recipe provides me that spicy Mexican-inspired flavor to make it a convenient go-to dinner time meal I can make in no time. I can even just forego the pickled jalapeno peppers to make a kid-friendly treat!quesadilla

Oh, and of course, this recipe won’t be prepared the best way without a good quesadilla maker, which I was lucky to track down thanks to the valuable information I found on this cool site.

Like I said, the ingredients are healthy. I start with a cup of chopped boneless and skinless rotisserie chicken breast. quesadilla2I combine that with ¼ cup of unsalted canned black beans that I first rinse and drain before this step. I add ⅓ cup refrigerated fresh salsa to the first two ingredients. Salsa is chock full of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, which is great for gum disease. I add ¼ cup of frozen kernel corn that I thaw beforehand and add this to the other ingredients. The last ingredient to go into the mixture is 1.5 tablespoons of chopped pickled jalapenos, which, as I said earlier, can be left out if you are serving this healthy quesadilla to your kids. I make sure all the ingredients are incorporated thoroughly into one another. I make it a point to use a medium bowl so there’s enough space to do all the mixing.quesadilla 3

I then divide the chicken mixture into even-sized tortillas, making about four quesadillas in all. I recommend using eight 6-inch flour tortillas for this recipe. I sprinkle cheese evenly on each quesadilla and then top with the four other tortillas. You can always use a large skillet over medium-high heat, but I have found that a premium quality quesadilla maker provides the best results. I cook the quesadillas one by one, and the quesadilla maker I use has always been able to deliver that delightfully golden brown color and fantastic texture I want in an authentic Mexican-style quesadilla. For a more intense flavor, I serve the spicy chicken quesadillas with 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream.

There you have it! A terrific Mexican style quesadilla that won’t add in the pounds but is tops on the flavor meter!

Fats, friends or foes ?

Feb
24

 

Recently, there are many assumption that fat or oil related with fatness, hearth sickness, hypertention, and high cholesterol causes. Opinion that fat cause health sickness is partly true. But, we need to consider that fat is also needed to our health. Fat provides energy to our body much more than carbohydrate and protein. Besides fat function is as vitamin A, D, E, and K transporter. Fat needed to be bewared of but not to be afraid of.

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To straighten fact or myth about fat, it is better we realized first the various of fat that we eat everyday. There is fat called trans fat. Indirectly, trans fat is what we consume usually, that is when we eat cookies, margarine, fast food, etc. Besides that, there are fat called as saturated fat and unsaturated fat. Saturate fat is a fat, generally, at animal protein. Unsaturated fat contained at some cooking oil products and fish. Fat like omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9 is unsaturated fat which during the time have been very popular and have many benefits for health.

However, fat cannot be decided as friend or foe. As prominent nutrient that human needed, fat must be in everyday menu. But, we still must beware of it because over consumption fat will also caused health problem, such as heart sickness, high cholesterol, and fatness.

 

 

Danger of Trans Fat for Health

Till now, we have recognized some food types source of fat, for example cooking oil, margarine, and butter. Fat, as does carbohydrate or protein, hardly required by body as source of energy and vitamin solvent.

At 2001—2002,  total consumption of fat or oil in the world is 92 million metric of ton. Around 29 million metric of ton among comes from soybean oil and 25,4 million metric of ton from palm oil.Both types of the oil are having strength and weakness. Soybean oil contains low saturate fat as source of trans fat.

Meanwhile, palm oil which doesn’t contain trans fat, instead contains relative high saturate fat. Eat pattern with high saturate fat can bother heart health. Some people consider that saturated fat from animal protein is riskier than saturated fat from palm oil or coconut.

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Now, based on recent discovery, trans fat bewared of as one of heart sickness cause. Trans fat issue is still controversy. Trans Fat obtained from partial hydrogenation process of cooking oil which its we know as margarine. Partial hydrogenation is useful for increasing oxidation stability. That makes product not easy causing rancid aroma through oxidation process. Naturally, trans fat also created in mammals gastric, for example cow. So, products like butter or milk contains trans fat about  2—5%.

People say and even well-known specialists Indonesian margarine which made from palm oil doesn’t pass partial hydrogenation process so that doesn’t create trans fat. Indonesian margarine created from emulsion processing and blending (mixture) oil. If margarine made from soybean oil, usually, the process is through partial hydrogenation.Trans Fat found at some food products, such as biscuit with cream filling, multifarious of snack which is delicous or crackers ( usually, at composition is contains shortening), and french fries.
Trans fat can make food texture become soft in mouth or easy to melt, crispy, delicous and delicate. Generally, children likes this foods.

Characteristic of trans fat at food stuff cannot be detected with sense. We can only recognize it through the name (camouflage name) in composition, such as partially hydrogenated vegetables oil, shortening, and hydrogenated fat.

Trans Fat assumed to be riskier than saturate fats. Trans fat has important role in increasing blood cholesterol progressively. Trans fat is often associated with heart sickness or high cholesterol advent.
Starts January 2006, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in America has obliged inclusion of trans fat content in packaging food product. According to them, trans fat content in food product need to be considered as part of information which must be submitted to consumer through packaging lable.

Families must comprehend trans fat and its influence for health. Thereby, they will more careful in choosing food product for children.

Can You Enjoy Homemade Food as Much as Restaurant Food?

Feb
20

 

With all kinds of eateries spread all over the country, from fast food venues to sophisticated restaurants, many people may ask themselves why they should even bother to cook at home. There are several important benefits that home cooking brings, but you need to learn a few things about it so you can truly enjoy your homemade meals as much as the foods you are eating at a restaurant. Starting with the beginning, a few recipes that are greatly enjoyed by many people are very simple ones, like pizzas, quesadillas and tortillas. They may be the norm in almost every eatery around, but you can make your own at home and have them taste the same, if not better than what you can have in a restaurant.

 

Is it possible to cook amazing food at home?

The answer is, simply, yes. There are just two categories of things you need to cook such simple recipes at home: the right ingredients and the right tools. I have never suspected that you can make a tortilla or a quesadilla at home until I tried some really great kitchen appliances myself. I used to think that a tortilla is the result of someone’s arduous work to make the flat-bread so thin, but after I used a tortilla maker that does the same thing really fast, I am more than pleased with the tortilla recipes I make at home.quesadila

If you are wondering from where you can get ideas for making your own pizzas, tortillas or quesadillas, I suggest trying this cool site. The website is filled with great ideas for homemade recipes that include these popular dishes that you must have thought that can only taste great when made by a professional cook.

 

Simple tips for great homemade cooking

Cooking is not rocket science and the humanity has not always had restaurants and chefs to cook for other people. If you want your homemade cooking to taste just as great as restaurant food, here are a few clever tips you can start using right away.

  • Go for fresh ingredients – canned ingredients may work just fine, but fresh tomatoes can really make your homemade pizza taste just like the ones you usually have at your favoritefood2 pizza place.
  • Go for prime ingredients – do not get skimpy when it comes to cooking for yourself and your family; good quality ingredients make food taste great, and you will also have an easier time getting your recipes right when you are trying them out for the first time.
  • Get creative with spices – a secret of professional cooks working in restaurants is that they do not hesitate to use spices; this does not mean that you should become too generous with the salt, but that you should try various combinations of spices that stimulate the digestion and the appetite, without wrecking havoc in your circulatory system.

 

Benefits

Do not forget that cooking at home can bring you many benefits. You will be in charge of the ingredients and you will know exactly what you are eating, which means you can control the intake of fat, salt and sugar. Plus, you will end up saving quite a bit of money in the process.healthy-eating-benefits