Cook It Quick Newsletter - March 2011
Questions or Comments? Email Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator
Avoid Green Ring on Hard-Cooked Egg Yolks
Hard-cooked eggs in the shell can be refrigerated up to 1 week, a boon for busy cooks!
Step-by-step cooking instructions, recipes, larger version of video: American Egg Board Website
Latest USDA figures show cholesterol in a single egg has decreased 14% to 185 mg. "... evidence suggests that consumption of one egg per day is not associated with risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) or stroke in healthy adults," (Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010).
Sweet potatoes often make the top 20 list of nutritious foods.
Here's how to use an inexpensive potato ricer to quickly mash microwaved sweet potatoes.
No need to peel them first! Includes an easy, low-calorie recipe idea!
Cooking goes faster and/or can be more fun when done with friends or family. Kids who are picky eaters may eat better when they help prepare a meal.
Practical Tips for cooking with inexperienced and experienced cooks. Includes sample recipes.
The Whole Grain Stamp, though not mandatory, is found on many grain products that contain at least half a serving (8 grams) of whole grains per serving. Many foods with the Stamp contain more whole grains. Inside the Stamp is a declaration of the grams of whole grains per serving for that particular food. More information on use...
(Image Courtesy Oldways and the Whole Grains Council, wholegrainscouncil.org)
Rice Bowls, an idea from the USA Rice Federation, are a great way to add vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains to meals.
They are an easy, one-dish meal and also a great way to "recycle" leftovers into another delicious meal. Made with brown rice, they also help you meet the 2010 Dietary Guidelines to make half your grains, whole grains.
(Image: Screenshot from USA Rice Federation website)
This recipe from Iowa State University Extension Spend Smart, Eat Smart program is fast, inexpensive, and freezes well. It includes a Spanish translation.
(Image: Screenshot of recipe from the Iowa State University Extension website)
Perhaps you have a drawer full of recipes you've clipped from magazines, newspapers, etc. But it takes forever to sort through them when you want to try something new, and you usually go back to your tried and true recipes. Here are some suggestions for getting them organized.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommend eating 2 servings of seafood weekly.
This short video from the National Fisheries Institute gives easy tips and recipes for adding seafood to meals. Additional recipes and tips are at this website link.
(Image: Screenshot of seafood video from the National Fisheries Institute)
A Simple Solution to Avoid Scratching Nonstick Skillets during Storage
Using nylon or wooden utensils is recommended for nonstick skillets, fry pans and sauté pans to avoid scratching them. What precautions can you take to avoid chips and scratches when stacking them in your cupboard?
The simplest solution is to place inexpensive paper plates between them. In fact, the least expensive paper plates -- which are flexible -- work better than more expensive rigid plates.
Make the Most of Your Melon Baller
Melon ballers can save time in more ways than scooping out melons balls. Use for:
Add Uncooked Pasta to Soups
If you just want to add a handful or two of pasta to soups, there is no need to cook it first.
Just toss dry pasta into the soup and stir to distribute throughout soup. Simmer soup an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until the pasta is cooked. Make sure there is enough liquid so the pasta will be covered. Stir soup occasionally while pasta is cooking.
NOTE: If your family doesn't or won't eat a 100% whole grain pasta, try one of the pastas that are about half whole grains. They may not even know the difference!