Cooking has different meanings for different people. Its meaning varies from person to person. For some it is a part of everyday life, for some a hobby and for some it is therapeutic. A mother cooks for her children and in return gets the most precious gift, a smile on her family's face. It also can be a hobby where all the creativity is channelized into creating new and innovative dishes and of course a stress buster. Cooking offers a kick start to a new you after a long and a stressful day. Everyone who cooks needs to be given some cookery advise at some point and finding the right source can be tricky.
Cooking and eating is fun and fulfilling but what is more important is to follow the right ways and techniques while cooking and consuming you favorite foods. All of us have at some point during our childhood learnt about the food pyramid which shows us the right amount of servings of certain foods one should have. But do we even remember what the proportions of those foods should be? Thus the USDA in the year 2004 has set new guidelines for the Food Pyramid Recommendations. USDA has also found that almost 90 percent of Americans do not follow these recommendations.
Cookery advise can range from the ideal food servings to cooking tips to serving tips. But the most common and widely suggested cookery advise given is to have four to five servings of fresh fruits and vegetable every day.
Other cookery advise includes:
Add color to your plate and have good servings of red, yellow and green fruits and veggies every day. They are high is essential victims, minerals and antioxidants.
Incorporate whole grains and milk products in your daily diet.
Balance your diet with right amounts of meats and veggies.
Limiting the use of sugar, oil and fatty foods is important.
Opt for white meats like poultry, and sea food instead of red meat.
Switching over to olive oil in place of vegetable oil or butter for everyday cooking will prove to offer great health benefits.
Add a variety of cheeses in your diet.
Use whole wheat breads and buns.
Opt for backing in place of frying
Shallow frying absorbs more oil that deep frying so avoid it as much as possible.
This is an extremely healthy and refreshing veggie and sprouts salad that both kids and elders will definitely enjoy. You will need dices vegetables like cucumber, green, red and yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, blanches corn kennels, bean sprouts, chopped parsley, lime juice, olive oil and seasoning. In a bowl mix all the ingredients and season with salt and crushed white pepper. You can also add in cheese bits and vegetables of your choice. Serve chilled. This can be served before or after meals and is also great refresher after a long and stressful day.