Ideas for Snacking on Vegetables

Cooking Techniques
A lot of people feel like they should be eating more vegetables, but often they don’t have many ideas when it comes to doing so. Here are some quick and delicious ways to make vegetable snacks to keep you going throughout the day: Kale chips. A quick and easy alternative to potato crisps. Try adding tamari for some extra flavour. Hummous. You can make it yourself and add vegetables in, such as peppers, and use it to dip vegetable sticks. Carrot and cucumber are especially good. Salsa. You can make it with all kinds of different vegetables, and can eat it with cracker bread as a healthy alternative to tortilla chips. Homemade vegetable soup. A small cup will make a satisfying snack. Vegetable juice. If you have a juicer, you can juice all kinds of vegetables to find a flavour you like. Vegetable dips. There are endless recipes around, and you can eat them with bread sticks, cracker bread or crudités. Skewers. Tomatoes and peppers are good candidates for putting onto a skewer, and you can make them Keep reading

Cauliflower Crust Pizza – a Delicious and Healthy Alternative to Pizza Dough

We’ve previously looked at how to make the perfect pizza, but if you want a lower fat, gluten-free alternative, a cauliflower crust makes a brilliant alternative. Follow this easy recipe: Cut off the cauliflower florets and put them into a blender. Once they’re ready, they’ll resemble breadcrumbs. Put the cauliflower into a bowl, cover with cling film and microwave for five minutes to soften. Tip onto a clean tea towel and allow the mixture to cool. Once it’s cool enough to touch, squeeze as much of the water out as you can. There will be a lot! Mix the cauliflower with an egg, and anything else you might want to add to the crust. You can use herbs, spring onions, parmesan cheese or anything else you fancy. Line a baking tray with baking parchment, and grease it. Spread the mixture out into a thin circle on the tray. Make it as thin as you dare – this will help to crisp it up. Bake at 200°C/ gas mark 6 for about 20 minutes, until golden. Remove from the Keep reading

Cooking Outdoors With a Chiminea

Cooking Equipment
Cooking outdoors is a popular pastime, especially during the summer months. We’ve already looked at how to create the perfect BBQ, and some of the food which can be cooked on it, but there are all kinds of options for cooking outdoors. One popular outdoor cooking appliance is the chiminea. Usually made from metal, a fire is built inside and smoke is released through a chimney at the top. They’re an attractive way to heat outdoor spaces, and can also be used for cooking food. One option involves using the heat from the chimney, and placing pans on top of it to cook dishes like scrambled eggs or stews. Depending on the design of your chiminea, you may need an additional platform to place it on, but smoke should just be released from the front instead. Most chimineas will come with a wire grill which can be placed over the fire, so you can also use this for cooking food. This operates in exactly the same way as a traditional BBQ, so it’s perfect for grilling meat, fish Keep reading

The George Foreman Grill

Cooking Equipment
At the time of its release, the George Foreman grill was truly revolutionary; it allowed people to grill their own food without bathing it in fats and oils which could mean their health was harmed. Nowadays, the George Foreman grill has a number of copies out there, all of which are perfectly fine as a grill. The new variations of the foreman grill have a number of options which increase the value of the device even further. For instance the floating hinge; this is a hinge which can accommodate any size of meat or vegetable, or even multiple sizes, as it will rise up further to ensure an even grill to anything you place in the grill, to a reasonable size, as well as dish-washable grill plates.

The Value a Slow Cooker Can Have For Your Kitchen

Cooking Equipment
A slow cooker is one of those truly indispensable additions to anybody’s kitchen, as, despite the name, it is a great time saving device, and produces far tastier food than a microwave. So what is a slow cooker? A slow cooker is a cooking device that runs over extended periods of time (cooking things slowly), which makes one of the situations it is most commonly used in is for working people looking to quickly add a bunch of things to a pot in the morning so that they can come home and have dinner ready for them. It uses very small amounts of energy, comparable to a light bulb, so it is actually more energy efficient than most other methods of cooking. You can cook a lot of different meals with a slow cooker, but typically you produce sauce heavy meals and stews. You can also cook things like lasagne, shepherds pie and a lot more.