September 14, 2017

ADULTING 101: Cooking Tips.

What's cooking, good looking?

Yep, that's me! I have the sense of humor of a 60-year-old grandpa! The idea for this post came to me last night when I was cooking with one of my best friends. We were making burrito bowls (my favorite) and we started with the rice. Like a neanderthal she poured it right into the pan without rinsing it first and I was like... WHAT? No shade if you don't usually run your rice under water for a couple of seconds before cooking, but that's something I've always done (and my family too.) Maybe in your country rice comes pre-washed or something like that - I don't know, but that's not case where I live. So, after that the conversations went from why you should always rinse rice before cooking and other things that we've never learned about housekeeping before, like ironing and whatnot. Unfortunately, I can't help you with ironing.. I don't even own an iron and I never iron my clothes. However, I think I have some good advice to share about cooking. 
ONE // Always wash your vegetables before eating, with soap and water. 
This might sound like common sense to some people, but you'd be shocked at the amount of people who don't take the time to wash their vegetables before eating them. I've once dated a guy that would eat apples straight from the grocery bag.. ew! A ton of people touch your vegetables before it gets to your house, it's carried out in bags, bags are put into trucks, trains and even plaines before they arrive at your local store. And after that, it's put on display and every worker and shopper can touch it. Imagine the amount of germs it's in contact with.. All you have to do is take 1 minute to wash and you're good to go. 

TWO // Meal prepping is not a trend.
I see a lot of people making fun of fitness gurus on IG and Youtube because of meal prepping, but guys.. My grandma meal prepped her whole life and yours probably did too. Meal prepping is simply cooking more of something so you'll have leftovers to eat later in the week. It's not a trend and if you're not doing that you probably have way too much time in your hands in order to cook three meals everyday from scratch. You don't need to buy especial containers for every single meal, although it does save some time. I would highly suggest doing some sort of meal prepping if you're trying to be healthier or loose some weight. When you have something already prepared you're less likely to eat crap or order a pizza.   

THREE // Always rinse your rice before cooking. 
I don't know what they put on rice or other grains, but if you rinse them you'll see that something comes out of it. Something that's not pretty and it doesn't seem like you're supposed to be eating a lot of. I'm sure no one dies from eating rice without rinsing it first, but  I literally eat rice every single day so it's better to be safe than sorry. 

FOUR // You can microwave (or put in the oven) almost anything. 
Putting stuff in the oven saves you so much time it's insane. It's not only healthier (you'll probably be using less oil by not frying stuff), but you can literally put your vegetables or meat (I'm a vegetarian but I get that some people still eat meat) in the oven, set a timer and forget about them. It doesn't require constant supervision and you can use that time to read, study or work - there, I just saved you 30 min a day (or more depending on what you're cooking.) Another great tip is to use your microwave, if you went to college you probably already know some of the tricks this machine can do. It can boil potatoes, cook rice or oatmeal.. even bake a cake! This will not only save you time, but you'll have way less dishes to wash every night. Just don't put any metals in it, always check if the bowl you're using is in fact microwavable.  

FIVE // You don't have to peel everything. 
One of the main deterrents from me eating healthier was the peeling. I don't have the time or the patience to peel vegetables and I thought I had to because I've always seen my mom do it. You can definitely do that if you want to, but contrary to popular belief you don't have to. Now that I'm living by myself I don't peel anything (only onions and garlic - sometimes) and it has been life changing. Potatoes, carrots, eggplants or apples.. you can eat most vegetables and fruits the way God created them and it's fine - just wash them first! 

SIX // Clean the dishes as you cook. 
I hate washing dishes. It's my most dreaded house chore and if I'm being honest, I don't usually follow this advice. However, when I do follow this advice my life gets so much easier. When the food is ready or if you're already done eating, the chances of you getting up and actually doing the dishes goes down to about 20%. So, make things easier for you and follow my advice.. Wash the dishes as you go even if you don't feel like it and you'll thank me later. 

SEVEN // A sauce can save almost anything. 
If you burned a cake, overcooked a steak or something along those lines try covering it with a sauce of some sort. 

EIGHT // Frozen meals are not ideal. 
No matter the brand or how many green logos you put on the packaging... Frozen meals usually have additives and other chemicals added to it to extend its shelf life and that's not healthy. The only frozen meal I buy nowadays is pizza and that's not something I do very often because I don't want to have the option of eating pizza whenever I want - I can't be trusted when it comes to pizza, guys... The point is that a lot of brands try to convince you that frozen meals are a healthy alternative and can be consumed on a regular basis, but that's really questionable. I would suggest avoiding them.

NINE // Rice and potatoes go with everything.
Literally, everything. Any meat, tofu or other vegetables. They are healthy, easy to cook and you can add different flavors with herbs and whatnot. I always have rice and potatoes in my kitchen  and when I feel like I don't have anything to eat I make a meal out of just these two ingredients. 

TEN // Master 2-3 healthy meals you enjoy.
This is the best tip I have for you today. If you want to be healthy or if you're transitioning to a different lifestyle - maybe you're trying to go vegan or vegetarian - mastering two or three go-to healthy meals is key. Life is unexpected and sometimes, not matter how much planning and meal prepping you do on the weekends, you'll find yourself with nothing to eat and very little willpower to cook. On those days you have to have these recipes figured out so you can whip up something fast and not be tempted to order a pizza or eat a frozen meal full of sodium. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, it just has to taste good enough, be easy to cook and involve ingredients you usually have around the house. For me, my favorite go-to meal is burrito bowls.. I always have soy protein in the house, rice and taco seasoning. If you catch me on a good day, I might also have avocados and some greens to add to it. 

Do you have any tips to share with us?

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Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon! 

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