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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

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When looking for and preparing vegetables for meals, many people overlook the spaghetti squash. This large oblong-shaped member of the winter squash family looks a bit intimidating and without some help, many people would cut it open and then wonder what to do with it. The reality is that spaghetti squash is a very simple vegetable to cook and can be prepared in a variety of ways. The squash can...

Baking Soda or Baking Powder?

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Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, is usually used in baking for leavening purposes. The baking soda reacts with acidic ingredients in the recipe to help the product rise. This occurs because baking soda is on the basic side of the ph scale, and when it combines with an ingredient on the acidic side of the ph scale, it bubbles and causes the food to rise. Recipes that call for baking soda...

How to Cook and Store Ruby Red Swiss Chard for Health Benefits

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Red ruby Swiss chard is a dark green leafy vegetable similar to spinach with a bright red stem. It has an earthy and bitter flavor but is also salty because it is naturally high in sodium. Although consumers should be aware of its sodium content, Swiss chard is loaded with multiple vitamins and minerals. It would be a smart addition to almost anyone’s diet. Each serving has seven times the...

Which Are the Best Oils for Healthy Cooking?

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Finding a healthy cooking oil is not necessarily easy. Your local supermarket’s shelves are likely stocked to the ceiling with different choices in oil, but unfortunately the majority of them are not particularly healthy. Most are vegetable oils that have been processed in a way that damages their fats through oxidation, either mechanically or chemically, which makes them slightly rancid even...

Water Kefir: How to Brew Water Kefir

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Water kefir, also sometimes called tibicos or ‘water crystals’, is a drink made from a culture of bacteria and yeast that are contained in a ‘polysaccharide biofilm matrix’. This might not sound delicious (indeed it may sound positively evil… ), but actually this is a very common drink in a number of countries and one that is much like carbonated soda drinks...

Making a Healthy Smoothie

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When you look at guides that tell you how many different nutrients we are supposed to get in our diet it can be somewhat daunting, and for most of us it seems like an impossible task getting hundreds of vitamins and minerals down our throats to meet all our needs. Then on top of that you’re supposed to eat all the different food groups, make sure you get enough fiber in your mix, and...

Tips for Cutting Onions Without Tears

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We all know that you cry when you cut onions, it’s just one of the facts of life. While it can often be amusing though, where it’s very severe it can be quite unpleasant, and in some cases it can even be enough to risk making you make a mistake and cutting your hand. Nobody gets that upset when they’re chopping vegetables, so why do you cry when you’re cutting onions in...

How to Cook Pasta Perfectly

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Cooking pasta is a lost art and it can be a disaster if it isn’t cooked properly. The number one rule is to never leave your pasta to cook alone. Be near the stove the whole time because timing is the key to the perfect pasta. Below are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your pasta comes out right. 1) Make sure you have enough water in your pot. If you are cooking a pound of pasta, you should...

How to Make a Pasta Bake

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A pasta bake can be a useful main course that can be changed easily to cater to a certain taste of a person or people. The great thing about a pasta bake is that it can be made using any kind of vegetable, seafood, meat or a combination of any. Let’s say that you are a meat eater and you have a vegetarian coming over to dinner, just switch the two or make it with just cheese. Pasta bakes are...

How to Make Fresh Pasta

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If you are deciding to make, or have already made pasta you will know that it is exciting yet a very trying and timely process. You may want to quit throughout the ordeal, however once you get those beautiful strings of dough, pride will set in and you will continue to want to make pasta every chance you get. Simple tips to remember when making pasta: 1) It is a slow and rigorous process so spend...

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