How to Cut Back on Soft Drink Consumption

Today, the media has flooded the public with different soft drink ads, but the increased focus on rising obesity statistics, should help some individuals cut back on their soft drink consumption.

Even though soft drinks remain a popular choice for beverage consumption today, there are steps to help a person cut back on soft drinks.

Here are some suggestions to help a person curb their soft drink consumption.

* First of all, if you are used to drinking one or more soft drinks a day, try alternating sparkling mineral water, in lieu of your usual soft drink. It might be that you are accustomed to the carbonation and fizz of a soft drink, and therefore have acquired a taste for that particular beverage. While you are still getting the carbonation in sparkling mineral water, you’re not consuming the added sugar and caffeine associated with many soft drinks. This of course, with daily use, over prolonged periods of time, can contribute to added calories, possibly obesity, and other health problems. The best scenario is that gradually, you may actually prefer or become accustomed to the mineral water, as your beverage choice.

* Try to incorporate more fruit juices into your diet. There are so many fruit juices available for the consumer on the market today, such as new tropical fruit blends, as well as the familiar orange, grape, apple, pear, and others. It’s recommended that you choose 100 % fruit juice, to avoid any added sugars that aren’t necessary or good for a healthy diet. Adding fruit juices to a person’s diet is an excellent way to obtain vitamins and minerals, to help maintain a healthy body.

* Adding more milk to your diet is also an excellent choice for another beverage choice. Milk supplies a person with protein, vitamins, and of course, calcium for strong bones and teeth. It is true, what the classic milk commercial states, is that, “milk likes you”. If, however, you have a milk allergy, there is an alternative, such as soy milk, which also is fortified with vitamins and calcium, along with providing essential protein.

* Drink more water. Drinking water may help to curb the desire for a soft drink. An increase in a person’s fluid intake may make them less likely to reach for the daily soft drinks that were part of their routine. A person’s body is about 72% water weight, which is an important fact to note, since about 2/3 of people don’t drink enough water daily to prevent some forms of dehydration.

* Cut back on purchasing and keeping many, or any soft drinks on hand, at home, work, or on the go. You won’t be tempted as much to consume soft drinks if you don’t have them around. Instead keep more fruit juice, mineral water, and milk available as a beverage choice. If you’re packing a beverage to take along to the gym or any outdoor sports activity, grab a bottle of water instead of the usual sports drink.

Finally,  although cutting back on soft drink consumption may be a challenge, it can be more attainable when healthier drink choices are added to your daily routine.

Source:
1. How to Cut Down on Soft Drinks | Healthy Eating | SF Gate
2. Fine Fermented Foods
3. How to Cut Back on Soda – The Leaf

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How to Make Baked Fish Stuffed with Crab

This is a recipe that a very good friend of mine tried on me. He knew that I am not a big lover of fish but that I do like crab. He thought that if he could create a dish that would combine the two I would come to like it. I will admit that it was very tasty.

This is quite a simple dish to create and goes well with salad or rice. Serve with fresh vegetables and a nice glass of chilled white wine.

What You Will Need:

4 pieces of streaky bacon rashers

30g of butter

55g of sliced spring onions

1 large celery stalk, diced

The grated rind of 1 large lemon

1 tablespoon of fresh parsley, chopped

30g of crumbs made from day old French or Italian bread

Salt and pepper

170 – 225g of white crabmeat

1 egg, beaten

4 whole pieces of fish – trout or red snapper – 450g each, gutted and boned for stuffing

Directions:

One. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5 or 190 degrees.

Two. Place the butter in a frying pan and fry the bacon until they are crispy. Drain the back on paper towels and then chop into pieces.

Three. Drain all the fat into a bowl except for one teaspoon and place to one side. Brush a little of the fat on a baking dish or roasting tin that will fit the pieces of fish. Then put to one side.

Four. Heat the remaining fat in the frying pan and add the spring onions and celery. Stir occasionally for 5 to 7 minutes until soft.

Five. Take the vegetables, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, parsley, salt and pepper and mix them together. Then fold in the bacon and crabmeat and bind with the egg.

Six. Take the fish and open each one like a book with the skin side down. Take the bowl of stuffing and spread it over one side of the fish, packing it firmly. Then take the other side of fish and close gently. You can use cocktail sticks to keep it closed if necessary.

Seven. Place the fish in the prepared baking tray or dish. Brush the tops with a little bit of the fat you placed to one side earlier and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the fish is cooked.

Eight. Transfers the fish carefully to warmed serving plates and immediately serve.

Source:
1. Crab-Stuffed Tilapia Recipe | Taste of Home
2. Cinnamon for Diabetes
3. Crabmeat-Stuffed Flounder Roulades Recipe : Emeril Lagasse …

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How to Cut an Avocado

For a country bumpkin from the Midwest, the avocado seemed like an alien species. I found myself considering mankind’s first encounter with this bumpy green fruit and wondering whatever possessed them to think of it as food.

My first culinary encounter with the avocado came while standing in line at a “health food” deli and sandwich bar watching lunch being prepared. With flourish and flair, the cafe owner sliced an avocado, removed it from its rind and splayed it across my liverwurst and bean sprout sandwich. What finesse! Such embellishment of skill and beauty. It was a shame to close the sandwich!

After many years of intent observation and practice in my own kitchen, I feel prepared to share the secrets of avocado preparation.

CHOOSE AN AVOCADO that is not mushy or easy to dent under the press of your finger. It should be soft, yes, but close to firm.

GRIP THE AVOCADO gently on one side with one hand.

CUT THE AVOCADO lengthwise, using a sharp knife (larger than a paring knife but no bigger than a steak knife). The knife should make contact with the pit or seed but not pierce it.

TWIST THE AVOCADO SLIGHTLY to separate the halves and expose the pit.

REMOVE THE PIT. This can be done in a variety of ways but I prefer using a teaspoon to scoop out the pit. Other popular ways include piercing the pit with the blade of a sharp knife and “rocking” it out. Inevitably, I slice my hand.

SLICE THE AVOCADO “MEAT” without removing the skin. For the sandwich with an avocado “fan”, run the knifepoint vertically through the meat, creating thin slices of equal thickness. Use a rather large spoon to scoop out the slices. Place on the open face of a sandwich and splay into a fan shape.

CHOPPED AVOCADO is a delectable addition to any green salad. Simply follow the same instructions as above, making thicker slices vertically. Then repeat horizontally and remove the chunks with a large spoon.

Avocados are higher in potassium than a medium banana. Avocados are a good source of vitamin K, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate and copper. Avocados have a high fat content of up to 88% of their total calories. One cup of avocado slices contain about 235 calories.

Source:
1. How to Cut, Slice, Peel & Pit Avocados – How to Prepare Avocados …
2. What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal
3. How to Cut an Avocado – YouTube

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Homemade Cookies that Make Great Christmas Gifts

Bake up some fun with one of these three delectable homemade cookies that make great Christmas gifts: Magical stained glass cookies, yummy White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut cookies or sassy Gingerbread Men. All three have a good shelf life and hold up well when packaged and shipped.

*STAINED GLASS SUGAR COOKIES*

Stained glass cookies are easy to make but look like works of art. As the Life Savers melt and then harden again, they truly do look like stained glass.

Sugar cookie dough

Life Savers

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

*Place each color Life Saver in a Ziploc bag and crush. Set aside.

*Roll cookie dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured surface.

*Cut with cookie cutters. Cut inside this with a smaller cookie cutter, leaving an outline.

*Gently place this outline on the foil lined cookie sheet.

*Spoon the crushed Life Savers into the center of the cookie.

*Bake for about six minutes. Cool completely before removing from cookie sheet.

*WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA COOKIES*

Who can resist the decadent taste of white chocolate melting in your mouth and the exotic crunch of macadamia nuts grown only in Hawaii? A crowd pleaser for sure!

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup butter (room temperature)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg (beaten)

2 1/4 cup flour (all-purpose)

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

2 bars white baking chocolate (chopped)

1 cup macadamia nuts (chopped)

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

*Cream sugar, butter, vanilla and egg in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

*Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well.

*Fold in white chocolate and nuts.

*Drop rounded tablespoonfuls, two inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

*Bake for ten to twelve minutes

*Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

*GINGERBREAD MEN*

Decorate these gingerbread men cookies with royal icing and wrap in saran wrap before placing in a gift bag or box. These can also be hung on a tree (make a hole for hanger before baking), placed in a stocking or added as a gift’s decoration.

3 cups flour

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 sticks butter-room temperature

3/4 cup brown sugar-packed

1/2 cup molasses

1 egg

*Sift first six ingredients several times into a large mixing bowl.

*Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

*Add the molasses and egg to sugar mixture and beat well.

*Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.

*Cover dough and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

*Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on floured surface.

*Cut cookies with a cookie cutter and place one-inch apart on ungreased sheet.

*Bake for about 8 minutes until edges begin to brown.

*Cool several minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*Decorate with icing of your choice.

Children of all ages will love these delightful homemade cookies that are easy to make. Bake up some love in your kitchen this Christmas with homemade cookies that make great Christmas gifts.

Source:
1. 30 Homemade Food Gifts – Edible Christmas Gift Ideas
2. Warrior Diet
3. Top 25 Food Gift Recipes | Taste of Home

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Have you a Recipe for Bubble and Squeak

In my childhood Boxing Day meant cold turkey and bubble and squeak! Today bubble and squeak has moved on from a way of using leftovers to a recipe in itself and can be found in top restaurants at huge prices.

Bubble and squeak is an old traditional English dish that was made with the leftover vegetables from a Sunday dinner and served with pickles; it got its name from the bubbling and squeaking noises as the vegetables were cooking in the frying pan.

The main ingredients in this dish are potato and cabbage, but any other vegetables can be added and the traditional Boxing Day version almost always contained Brussels sprouts (because don’t we ALWAYS cook too many sprouts every year!). Today you can even buy Bubble and Squeak frozen or chilled in supermarkets; my old granny would be amazed at this!

Bubble and Squeak can be made into a more substantial meal by adding cooked bacon or ham. It is certainly a really good way of getting the children to eat their ‘greens’. It is a really easy dish to make and the fact that you are using leftovers makes this dish economical and quick to make.

I have two recipes for Bubble and Squeak which I’d like to share, first the traditional one that I have grown up with, the second is my Christmas Bubble and Squeak which is a great lunch recipe for a lunch using up the vegetables from Christmas and made into a light lunch recipe.

BUBBLE & SQUEAK

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or if you want to be really traditional use beef dripping)

1 medium onion, skinned and finely chopped

450 g potatoes, cooked and mashed

225 g cooked cabbage, finely chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD

1. Mix together the potato, cabbage and onion and season to taste.

2. Take tablespoons of the mixture and shape into round cakes.

3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan (skillet) until smoking.

4. Fry the patties to a crisp golden brown on both sides.

CHRISTMAS BUBBLE & SQUEAK

Serves 4

 INGREDIENTS

400g potatoes cooked and crushed

200g Brussels sprouts, cooked and roughly chopped

4 eggs

2 small onions sliced

1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or if you want to be really traditional use beef dripping)

METHOD

1. Mix together the potato, sprouts and onion and season to taste.

2. Take tablespoons of the mixture and shape into round cakes.

3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan (skillet) until smoking.

4. Fry the patties to a crisp golden brown on both sides.

5. Keep warm in a low oven while you poach the eggs.

6. Poach and drain the egg, then top each patty with a poached egg and serve.

Bubble and Squeak is so tasty that its worth cooking too many potatoes and vegetables just so that you can make it the next day!

Source:
1. Bubble and squeak
2. Cantaloupe vs. Honeydew
3. Bubble & squeak | BBC Good Food

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Fruit Yogurt Yogurt with Fruit Prune Layer Yogurt Plum Danone Danon Yogurt

I really love Danone products and one of my favourite yogurts is the Fruit Layer Prune. It comes in a pack of four. The pots contain 125 g yogurt and fruit. They are available for 1.65 pounds in Sainsbury’s. At the moment they are on offer so you can buy two packs for 3 pounds. You can find it in most of the supermarkets for about this price.

The Activia yogurt contains the Bifidus Actiregularis yogurt culture which helps to reduce the digestive discomfort. The prune layer is on the bottom of the pot and there is a non flavoured yogurt layer on the top of it. I tried the yogurt before I mixed them and I found it sour so I mixed it quickly. It became sweet and fruity. The prune layer contains fruit pieces in it and its texture is similar to jams. After mixing the two layers the yogurt became pale purple coloured. It has nice fruity scent and flavour.

For me Danone yogurts are treats. I really love their creamy texture and the sweetness of fruits. They contain added sugar as well but the energy content of them is lower than the energy content of chocolates and cakes. I think they are even healthier.

The ingredients of the yogurt are as follows: Yogurt with Bifidus ActiRegularis® (Whole Milk, Skimmed Milk Concentrate / Powder, Cream, Yogurt Cultures), Prune (9.4%), Sugar (5%), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Stabilisers (Modified Maize Starch, Pectin), Flavouring, Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Calcium Phosphate).

The nutritional values per pot are as follows:

Energy: 113 kcal

Protein: 4.1 g

Carbohydrate: 16.3 g

of which sugars: 16.1 g

Fat: 3.5 g

of which saturates: 2.3 g

Fibre: 0.3 g

Sodium: 0.06 g

To sum up Danone Activia Fruit Layer Prune is a layered yogurt which contains a thin layer of prune jam on the bottom of the pot and a thick layer of unflavoured yogurt on the top. After you mix them you will get a yogurt with fruit pieces in it. The colour of the mix becomes pale purple. It has lovely prune scent and taste. Its sweetness is about right. As the Danone Activia yogurts usually contain the special Bifidus Acturegularis bacteria this yogurt contains it too. This helps your digestion. I think this yogurt is even more effective because prune strengthens the yogurt’s effect on our digestion. Prune contains loads of fibre which makes the yogurt even healthier. The creamy texture makes it moreish…

Source:
1. Yoghurt – Calorie King
2. Eat Your Spinach for Stronger Eyes
3. This document has been prepared at the Diabetes Education Centre …

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Grilled Salmon Mediterranean Cooking Snow Peas

Mediterranean Grilled Salmon

2 Alaskan Wild Salmon Filets – Frozen from Trader Joe’s is great – Thaw in the refrigerator

2 Medium Tomatoes

10 Red Grapes

Seasoning for Salmon

Honey

Olive Oil

Balsamic vinegar – white or red

Tamari

Liquid smoke or other hickory flavoring

Sea salt

Pepper

Dill weed – fresh or dried

Snow Pea Delight

3 cups fresh snow peas

1 cup dried gourmet mushroom mix (Costco) or your favorite fresh mushrooms

small onion

1/2 cup raw almonds coarsely chopped and toasted

feta cheese

The many textures, flavors and colors of these ingredients go together scrumptiously and satisfyingly without the aftertaste of guilt!

Lay a large piece of tin foil on a baking sheet. Rinse the salmon filets quickly in cold water and lay out on the foil – skin side down. Drizzle honey on each filet followed by about a tablespoon of olive oil on each. Sprinkle balsamic vinegar and tamari over the top of each filet. Add a few drops of liquid smoke or other hickory flavoring directly to the filets and follow with a liberal sprinkling of sea salt, pepper and dill weed. Place the filets in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes or so while you are preparing your other dish.

While the salmon is marinating, chop the almonds and toast them in an open skillet, turning frequently until they are browned. Remove from heat and leave them to cool in the pan.

Soak the dried mushrooms in a bowl until softened – usually about 5 minutes, or if you are using fresh mushrooms, cut them in chunks.

While the mushrooms are soaking, slice the onion in thin slivers and set aside. Thickly slice the tomatoes and set aside. Cut the grapes in half and set aside. Tear the little stringy tips off of the snow peas and set aside. Drain the softened mushrooms.

Preheat the grill. I use a propane Weber barbecue that has a thermometer and I heat it to around 450 degrees

In a large skillet, saute the onions in a small amount of oil. When the onions are beginning to brown, stir in the snow peas and mushrooms and get them good and hot. Turn down the heat and prepare to get the salmon on the grill.

Take the salmon out of the fridge and arrange the tomato slices around the outside of the filets and drop the grapes on top. Grill for 10 minutes. Do not over-cook. Meat should be pink and flake apart easily.

Arrange the salmon with tomatoes and grapes on a plate. Add a generous helping of snow peas and onions garnished with toasted almonds and feta cheese.

Serve with a chilled White Chardonnay.

Source:
1. Mediterranean Snow Peas Recipe – Allrecipes.com
2. Foods High In Vitamin K2
3. 10 Best Snow Peas On The Grill Recipes | Yummly

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Great Recipes for Weight Watchers

Modeled after the popular Dukan diet, these are some of the dishes  that I enjoyed tremendously whilst losing 6 kilograms in slightly less than 2 months. Instead of feeling deprived as most diets do, the recipes below make a satisfying meal. The use of easily available spices and natural flavors also gives a  sense of culinary adventure and a can-do attitude to the weight watcher.

So, it was more than a triple triumph as in the process of weight loss, my blood sugar and blood pressure went back into the healthy range. The appreciation of fresh food made from scratch and knowing what I am feeding myself empowered me as I  took control and responsibility over my diet.

All portions mentioned are good for one person.

Dish : Grilled teriyaki tofu

Firm tofu blocks are ideal for grilling as they make for easy handling. The tofu picks up the character of the marinade without overpowering the taste buds. Packed with plant protein, this dish makes a very satisfying meal.

Ingredients :

1 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon grated ginger

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 blocks of firm tofu

Method :

Cut tofu to bite sized cubes.

Mix sauce,  water, honey,  grated ginger and sesame oil in a bowl.

Pour marinade and tofu in a plastic bag and marinate tofu cubes  for one hour.

Drain the marinade and skewer the tofu blocks onto 2 barbeque sticks.

Place the tofu sticks under the grill until the  tofu is slightly charred.

Serve with any of your favorite pickles.

Dish : Grilled salmon fillet

Oily fish such as the salmon is an easy fish to grill even for a novice cook. Due to its more robust taste, strong tasting condiments are ideal in bringing out the flavor of the fish.

Ingredients :

1 salmon fillet, the size and thickness of your palm

A pinch of pink salt

Pepper flakes

A wedge of lemon

Method :

Season the salmon with salt and pepper flakes.

Put the fillet on a lightly oiled plate and grill until the fish is brown and flakes easily with a fork.

Serve with lemon wedges.

Dish : cabbage and chicken wraps

The crunch of diced carrot coupled with the smoothness of minced chicken makes this dish a sensory experience  in itself.

Ingredients :

100 g of chicken breast, minced

1/2 of a  carrot

1 egg white

5 whole cabbage leaves

Pepper sauce, for garnish

Method :

Blanch the  cabbage leaves in hot water until they are semi transparent. Drain and leave the cabbage leaves to cool.

Finely dice the carrots. 

In a mixing bowl, mix carrots, meat and egg white  until the mixture is well combined. Season with pepper and a little salt.

Spoon the meat mixture onto the center of the cabbage leaf. Fold the cabbage like a parcel, bringing up the left and right side of the leaf to cover the meat. Finally, roll up the meat parcel to encase the meat in the center.

On a steaming basket, place the cabbage roll with its seam side down. Steam for at least 15 minutes to ensure chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Serve hot with a dash of sweet and spicy chilli sauce.

Dish : beef and asparagus rolls

Ingredients :

3 pieces of  sliced lean beef, the size of your hand and about half the thickness of your finger

3 large asparagus

1 teaspoon of  garlic paste

Scant amount of pink salt

Method :

Trim off the woody tip of the asparagus. Blanch the asparagus  in hot water and drain well.

Lay the sliced beef on the work top and spread a very thin film of garlic paste on the surface of the meat. Sprinkle with a  pinch of pink salt.

Wrap up  the asparagus with the sliced beef. Secure meat and asparagus with a toothpick.

On a lightly oiled pan, sear all sides of the beef roll  on medium heat, seam side first.

Remove the toothpick. Serve with any sauce of your choice.

As with any dieting program, exercise moderation in your food intake and maintain an active lifestyle to enjoy the long lasting benefits of a successful  weight management program. Eat well and live well !

Source:
1. 15 Best Weight Watchers Dinner Recipes – Community Table – Parade
2. Bilberry Benefits For Heart Health
3. 75 Best Weight Watchers Recipes – SkinnyMs.

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Gifts for Coffee Lovers

Whether they love gourmet brews or a double-double from the local coffee shop, there are a number of gift ideas available for the coffee lover on your gift list.

A Keurig Personal Brewer is an ideal gift for the solo coffee aficionado. Available on a number of websites, including QVC, Kohl’s, and Green Mountain Coffee, these smaller models of the original single-cup coffee brewers retail for around $100. If your gift recipient already has a Keurig, check out Green Mountain Coffee for a huge variety of coffees, teas, and cocoas in the $15 range for 24 “k-cups.” QVC also has a variety of “k-cup” collections available; their packages are larger (96 to 108 pieces), but at $60 to $65 per box, the value is worth it.

If there’s a man in your life who loves coffee, check out the Coffee Beanery website (www.coffeebeanery.com). Their Ultimate Coffee Basket for Him ($45.99) includes two 16 ounce packages of Breakfast Blend and French Roast Coffees, sampler packages of six flavors of brew, a 16 ounce travel mug, three golf balls, and two golf tees. On the other end of the spectrum, the Just for Girls Coffee Basket ($32.99) features a Sweetheart travel mug and one pound of French Vanilla coffee, plus a sample of Chocolate Raspberry coffee and a package of Vanilla Coffee Sprinkles.

For a gift that keeps giving all year, check out the selection of “coffee clubs” at Coffee Tea & Spice (www.coffeecoffee.com). The 12 Month Sampler ($54.75) features a different four ounce coffee sample each month, in whole bean or ground choices. The first shipment includes a grinder brush (whole bean) or a measure scoop (ground), as well as a coffee grinder cleaner packet. The selection is also available in a one pound per month package at $163.50.

For fans of coffee shop coffee, the Starbucks Store website (www.starbucksstore.com) features two pound packages of some of their top brews, including Caffe Verona, French Roast, and Pike Place Roast, for $24.95. For super-fans, Starbucks also sells their “gear,” with a variety of t-shirt styles ($16.95) and a golf ball and visor set ($26.95).

For the coffee lover who enjoys the kitchen, look for a coffee cookbook. “The Best of Coffee: A Cookbook” by Sandra Gluck features more than 40 recipes using coffee as a flavor-enhancing ingredient, including cookies, pies, scones, and candies. The 96-page book is also loaded with beautiful food photos.

Source:
1. 20 Awesome Gifts for Coffee Lovers – Hongkiat
2. Slim Fast Diet Reviews: Does it Really Work
3. Gifts For Coffee-Lovers Under $50 | POPSUGAR Food

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Easy Egg Rolls

Egg Rolls are fun side dish to add to a traditional Asian homemade meal. The problem that many people have is that they require too many steps and too much time. With a few time saving tchniques, making egg rolls will become less of a chore and more enjoyable.

There are three areas that make egg rolls difficult:

1)The filling 2)The rolling 3)The frying

The key to easy egg rolls is to reduce the difficulty on each of these three levels.

FILLING

It is important to take advantage of pre-cut and pre-cooked items to make the filling a little easier

Vegetables: 1 bag of coleslaw mix and 1/2 cup of chopped onion.

Meat: Use 1 cup of pre-cooked shrimp, deli ham or chicken, or a can of chicken.

Sauce: 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/4 cup chicken broth, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Put all ingredients in a fry pan together with a little oil. Stirfry until the cabbage begins to reduce and the filling comes together.

ROLLING

The next problem with making easy eggrolls is in the rolling process. One of the key mistakes is to put too much filling in the egg roll. This leads to problems with rolling as well as frying. Keep it to a couple tablespoons.

Place the filling across the middle of the egg roll wrapper at a diagonal with at least one half inch from the edges. Then roll once to cover filling, then tuck the two side edges in and continue to roll. Have small dish of water available with a pastry brush. Give the last corner a quick brush with the water and seal.

Place on a pan lined with parchment and chill before frying. Do not stack them on top of each other.

FRYING

The last part of making egg rolls that keeps people from making them is the mess of frying the egg rolls.

It is best to purchase a deep fryer with a basket. This will keep most of the frying mess inside the fryer and off of the stove or counter. They will then fry evenly and not have to be turned. Do not put too many in the fryer at the same time.

Following these few tips makes egg rolls an easy and tasty proposition for any Asian oriented meal.

Source:
1. Easy Egg Roll Recipe – Food.com
2. why learning to cook can save your humanity
3. Easy Egg Rolls Recipe | MyRecipes.com

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