Whether it's a sweet juicy slice of watermelon, crisp tart piece of granny smith apple, or creamy smooth morsel of chocolate, food makes me happy. It isn't just about enjoying these foods but the memories behind them.
If you ever visit my great grandmother during the summer, you would find one or more watermelons at her house. It wouldn't take much for me to be able to convince my great grandma to let me crack one open. Even though it was just the two of us, we could make a dent in it. With its naturally sweet candy like flavor, why would you ever want to cover it up? My grandma would say it's better with salt sprinkled over it. Yuck! I could never bring myself to partake in this act. Sweet and salty I do like, whether popcorn & chocolate or salted caramel, but not salt and watermelon. No matter our differences, the smiles on our faces could never be erased.
I get really excited when I can share my passion for food with others. When I was asked to speak to a weight loss group and share my healthy cooking tips, I immediately began thinking about what helpful tips I could share.
Because of my love for food, I have come up with ways I can enjoy it without feeling guilty.
These are my cooking tips I shared with them and want to share with you.
-Use olive oil for sautéing, oven-baking, grilling
-Use unsalted butter when needed in cooking to control salt amounts in dishes
-Quality ingredients Count!
Good quality vs. poor quality
-balsamic vinegar (use for preparing a quick & healthy salad dressing)
-chocolate chips (Ghirardelli- rich chocolate vs. Nestle-waxy cheap flavor)
-Be creative with VEGETABLES!
-Roast vegetables to enhance their flavor. Ex- brussel sprouts, zucchini, squash, etc.
-Use a pizza stone to crisp vegetables for chips Ex. Sweet potatoes, kale chips
-Use a pizza stone to prepare oven “fried” vegetables Ex. Squash, zucchini, etc.
-Use vegetables to make a healthier low fat dip. Ex. Butterbean hummus
-Pile on the vegetables onto your pizza to fill you up without adding extra calories
-Prepare a pesto out of herbs, spinach, or other greens. Use it for a dip or as a
-To sweeten desserts or drink, use cane sugar which is natural, unrefined, and contains nutrients.
Happy Eating is easy and Healthy Living is even easier with my cooking tips!
Share your thoughts and tips with me.