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Unhealthy Food Preparation Methods to Avoid

If you love cooking, then you must have tried most of the techniques and recipes you will usually find in basic cookbooks. However, there are food preparation methods that you need to avoid if you’re health-conscious or if you’re looking for ways to change how you prepare food for the family.

Avoid deep-frying and pan-frying. You can’t deny that deep-fried food is tasty, but the cooking oil used can be a source of saturated fats and cholesterol. Although you can substitute unhealthy cooking oil with natural oil, you can’t be sure of the ingredients used if you’re dining at a restaurant or buying street food. The same goes for pan-fried food, because the shallow cooking method increases fat and cholesterol.

Wash the ingredients, including vegetables. You should wash the ingredients thoroughly before cooking, including the vegetables to remove leftover pesticides and dirt. You should still wash them even if they are organically-farmed, because they were still exposed to chemicals during the harvest, transportation, and sale. Just rinse them under running water before chopping or dicing.

Don’t use plastic when preparing food. Although there are microwave-safe plastics that you can use to heat up your food, pick ceramic containers which are safer. Microwaving isn’t a bad cooking technique and using plastic as a food container is a good idea, especially for carrying food and water, as long as you do not expose the material to heat.

Roast and bake properly. Both roasting and baking are healthy food preparation techniques, but you need to make sure that the heat doesn’t dry the food completely by covering the food and adding water, wine, and natural oils. It’s also important to substitute unhealthy ingredients (butter and other ingredients with saturated fats) with better and safer alternatives.

Avoid using butter if you can. Butter is a staple ingredient in most baked goods and pasta, but they contain saturated fat which can be bad for people with cardiovascular issues. If you need to use butter, you can use other alternative ingredients that are healthier, such as avocado, olive oil, applesauce, nut butter, Greek yogurt, and pumpkin puree.

Steam instead of boil. Boiling ingredients can possibly dehydrate them of the beneficial vitamins and minerals, that is why steaming is a better option because the hot water doesn’t touch the food directly. You can prepare a lot of tasty recipes by steaming meat and vegetables.

Barbecue using electric grill, not charcoal. Barbecued food is healthy as long as you use the cooking method properly. You might want to use an electric barbecue grill instead of using charcoal, because the material is considered a carcinogen. An electric grill is also environmentally-friendly and will make preparation faster because you can avoid charring the meat.

6 Pasta Sauces You Need to Try

Tired of your usual homemade spaghetti? Try one of these pasta sauces for a different pasta experience.

Acciughe
• Ingredients: Bucatini pasta, soaked and filleted anchovies, one-half cup olive oil, minced garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, two teaspoons minced flat-leaf parsley, and ¾ cup finely-ground bread crumbs

• Preparation: Prepare the anchovies and other ingredients, then cook the pasta for ten minutes. Prepare the sauce separately by sautéing the olive oil, anchovies, garlic, and chili flakes. Add the parsley when the anchovies are cooked. Drain the pasta and toss it with the sauce. Serve with sprinkled breadcrumbs.

Aglio e Olio
• Ingredients: spaghetti, 250 grams cleaned and deveined prawns or shrimp, olive oil, one minced garlic, 1 teaspoon chili flakes, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, salt, and grated Parmesan

• Preparation: Boil the spaghetti separately. Sauté the garlic, chili flakes, shrimp/prawns for two minutes. Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. Finally, add parmesan and parsley before serving.

Amatriciana
• Ingredients: spaghetti or Bucatini, 28 ounces of whole peeled tomatoes, olive oil, diced pancetta/guanciale, 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 6 pieces basil leaves, salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, and grated pecorino/parmigiano-reggiano.

• Preparation: First, puree the tomatoes and boil the pasta. To prepare the sauce, sauté guanciale/panacetta, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Next, add the pureed tomatoes, salt, pepper, and basil. Stir for 15 minutes then toss the pasta and sprinkle the parsley and cheese.

Burro
• Ingredients: penne rigate, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons formaggino, ½ cup grated parmigiano Reggiano, and salt.

• Preparation: Boil the pasta according to instructions, then drain the water and place in a mixing bowl. Add leftover pasta water, cheese, formaggino, and butter. Mix all the ingredients.

Cacciatore
• Ingredients: 4 pieces chicken thighs, 2 pieces chicken breasts, all-purpose flour, olive oil, salt and pepper, 1 chopped red bell pepper, 3 chopped garlic cloves, ¾ cup dry white wine, 1 can diced tomatoes (with juice), 3 tablespoons drained capers, dried oregano leaves, chopped basil leaves, and ¾ cup chicken broth.

• Preparation: Sprinkle salt and pepper on the chicken then dredge in flour. Sauté the chicken then set aside. Sauté bell pepper, garlic, onion, then season with salt and pepper. Next, add white wine and simmer for 3 minutes before adding the tomatoes, broth, capers, and oregano. Add the chicken pieces in the sauce, then simmer for about 20 minutes.

Frutti di Mare
• Ingredients: spaghetti, cleaned mussels and clams, peeled shrimp, squid tentacles, extra virgin olive oil, 4 grated garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, ½ cup white wine, basil leaves or chopped parsley, arrabiata tomato sauce (already prepared), salt, and lemon.

• Preparation: boil spaghetti, then drain and set aside. Sauté garlic, red pepper flakes, clams, and mussels. Pour the white wine then cover the pan for a minute. Add the shrimp, then cover the pan for another minute. Add the squid tentacles and cook for another minute before adding seasonings. Pour the arrabiata tomato sauce on the seafood and toss before adding the spaghetti. Serve with lemon wedges.

Famous Suppliers of Sweet in Singapore

Singapore is known as a financially stable country. Due to this, many business establishments are rising in the country. Actually, a lot of them cover the foods and beverages group like restaurants, food chains, bars and more. Also, chocolate and candy shop belong in this group.

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In Singapore, there are plenty of them and they are growing. In fact, there are many chocolate and candy shops around the world that venture the business in the country because a lot of businessmen for other countries put their trust to Singapore. As Singapore is one of the leading countries, candy and chocolate factories are like mushrooms that pop out abruptly; however, there are established and famous brands of sweets in the country which include:

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  • Yamakawa Super – As it named clearly state; it is indeed a Japanese store. This store offers sweet products like ice creams, biscuits and chocolates.
  • The Cocoa Trees – Are you a chocolate aficionado? Well, this store makes you select a wide variety of famous chocolates like Toblerone, Swiss Delice, M&Ms Droste, Hawaiian Host, The Belgian and more. Aside from their sweet chocolates, their store can be easily found. Actually, many of its branches (10 branches) is only located at the Changi airport and the other 7 store are scattered in the country.
  • Candylicious – This brand of sweets has more the 500 classes of chocolates as well as candies to satisfy a person’s craving. Also, they have gummy bears that you can select.
  • Candy Empire – Different sweets from all over the globe is what Candy Empire offer. Also they provide aromatic snack that comes from US, Australia and Europe.

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Going Gaga Over Nuts

You love nuts. That is okay. In fact, that is good because you get a lot of benefits from eating it. Nuts are simple yet full of nutrients. The good thing about this is they are not that expensive. You can eat nuts as much as you want without thinking of overspending.

 

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So, what are the benefits of nuts? Here’s the overview according to the recent findings last month given by The New England Journal of Medicine:

  • Anti-cancer component: According to the studies, people who eat a lot of nuts can reduce their chances of acquiring cancer. Nuts have a component that can significantly reduce cancer.
  • Reduction of death rate: People who consume more nuts die later than those who do not eat nuts. According to the findings, people who eat nuts 7 (or more) times a week is less likely to die early.

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  • Reduction of chronic illnesses: Finally, nuts are proven to reduce chronic illnesses like diabetes, blood vessel disorders and hear diseases.

The only thing that you will not like about peanuts is its fattening abilities. You have to know that an ounce (of nuts) has more or less 160 calories. There is no perfect world. You get a lot of benefits from nuts yet it is fattening. To meet halfway, you should exercise. That would be best.

What are good nuts? It would depend on you. Here are some suggestions – almonds, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pistachios and walnuts. In fact, peanuts are included in the list. If you want to be healthy, you can get the assistance of nuts.

 

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