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Healthy Cooking Tips

Are you stuck at home and now are responsible for cooking everyone 2 or 3 times a day?  You usually don’t have time to cook.   Now you have all the time in the world, but don’t know what to cook.  I’m here to help!  I want to share with you my healthy cooking tips!

I love simple easy recipes that even the beginner cook can prepare.  Each week I have been sharing a how to video on making dinner on my YouTube channel. I thought I would share my recipes to get your creative culinary ideas flowing.

Sometimes as a beginner cook, you can feel intimidated by lengthy recipes.  Start with simple recipes with ingredients you have on hand.  As you get more comfortable with the process then you can experiment!

The best part of cooking at home is that you can customize the meal to your own tastes!  Do you love garlic and onions?  Do love hot and spicy?  Or do prefer more mild flavors?  It’s all under your control.  As you start experimenting you will find the combination you love!

Crockpot

I love the crockpot for easy dump and forget dinners.  You can start it in the morning and it’s ready when you are for dinner.  I love to use bone broth as the liquid base.  It provides a lot of nutrients and flavor.  Bone broth (used bones to make) is different than regular broth (used just the meat to make).

Before you put that crockpot liner in, think about the chemicals that bag was made with.  Do you want those to be in your food?  Didn’t think so!  Just use a napkin and oil your crockpot.  That helps with clean up later.

Check out my YouTube videos for recipes and a quick how to make video:

Beef Stew

Lemon Chicken Soup

Louisiana Gumbo

Winter Squash Soup

Sheet Pan Meals

Sheet pan meals are great one dish meals.  Pick your meat and vegetables and cook all on one sheet pan.  Use parchment paper and clean-up is so easy.

I typically use avocado oil and my favorite seasonings.  Some of my favorites are garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and rosemary.  My girls love the simplicity of using the Everything but the Bagel seasoning.

Turkey Taco

Check out my YouTube videos for recipes and a quick how to make video:

Greek Chicken with Dairy-free Tzatziki Sauce

Mustard Dill Salmon with Potatoes and Broccolini

Beef and Broccoli

Cinnamon Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Ranch Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Squash

Skillet Meals

Skillet meals are more one pot meals with simple prep and clean up.    I like using a well-oiled cast iron skillet.  I typically use ground meat because it’s super easy to have on hand.  Skillet meals are perfect for the nights when I get home and don’t have a lot of time to come up with something for dinner.  They are quick and easy!

Beef Broccoli

Check out my YouTube videos for recipes and a quick how to make video:

Skillet Frittata

Gluten-free Chicken Strips

Sloppy Joes over Baked Sweet Potatoes

Turkey Tacos

Experiment

I love to cook, but I realize everyone doesn’t.  I love to experiment with different flavors and vegetable combinations.  Give yourself permission to try new things.  You just might find a new family favorite!  Where baking has to be more exact, cooking meals doesn’t have to be precise!

I love to come up with meal ideas for what I have on hand.   That comes in handy especially now when we’re limited on groceries.  If you need help with this, email me and I can give you some suggestions.

I also love my kitchen gadgets, but you don’t need them to cook.  Check out my favorites on this page.

Start with your meat of choice and vegetables.  Drizzle some avocado or olive oil.  Add some seasonings.  Roast in the oven at 400 for 25-30 minutes or cook in the skillet.

Healthy Cooking Can Be Easy

Cooking healthy doesn’t have to be hard.  We eat Paleo-ish.  This means all my recipes are gluten-free.  They are also mostly dairy free and sugar free.  We always use the better oils for cooking- avocado, olive, and coconut.  We use spices to amp up the flavor.

You can build meals easily from your freezer.  Frozen vegetables are super easy to have on hand.  Layer your plate with a bed of lettuce no matter what you serve to add one more sneaky vegetable in.  Sweet potatoes are more nutrient dense than regular potatoes, but both are easy to store in the pantry.

The more you can incorporate a variety of vegetables into your meals the more you will actually crave them!  Yes, that’s right!  I’m a recovering picky eater who hated vegetables as a kid and now I love them.  Find the way of cooking them that you love!

You have plenty of time to experiment with cooking so practice now!  You’ll be ready when life gets back to normal.  Better health starts in your own kitchen by being in control of your ingredients and knowing how to nourish your body!

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