Pasta Dishes For Summer

One of the easiest dishes that you can make during the summer is pasta. It can be made with ingredients that are healthy as well as light and refreshing.

Capellini is ideal for blending with cherry tomatoes and basil. The thin noodles make it easy to add a light dressing as they will be covered compared to thicker noodles that sometimes need more dressing for flavor. If you like bow-tie pasta, then consider adding roasted red peppers, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a bit of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Corn and sliced tomatoes can be added to any pasta dish. It’s best to use smaller tomatoes so that they are easier to work with instead of slicing a large tomato and getting the juice it mixed in with the pasta. Mini ears of corn can be used, or you can grill an ear or two or corn before taking it off the cob and adding it to your pasta. Brocolli is another ingredient that is refreshing for a summer pasta. If you want something a little more hearty, then add a cheese sauce on top so that you get a dish with rich and creamy flavors. Crab meat is also a component that works well with pasta. Add a bit of lemon juice and pepper for a light dish that can be served as a main course or on the side.

Using Vegetables In Your Cooking

As was highlighted in this Huffington Post article, vegetables can be incorporated into almost any additional for delicious taste and nutritional benefit. That is something we should all try.

My family loves to roast vegetables. Squash, zucchini, and pepper all get roasted, which gives them a hot, juicy taste and a unique flavor that really compliments the natural flavor of the vegetable. From there, you can make a bed of vegetables for fish, create a healthy topping for a burger, create a veggie-heavy platter of kabobs, or even just pop them in your mouth for a healthy snack instead of eating chips. By putting vegetables on top of your fish, you also make it easier for those pesky, picky eaters who just won’t touch certain vegetables.

You can also incorporate vegetables more into the actual dishes you make themselves, too. Throwing cut-up and roasted peppers into rice can give it a zest and bring it to life. Putting peppers and corn into chili is a mainstream way of incorporating vegetables into your meat dishes, increasing the flavor and adding nutrients that otherwise wouldn’t have been there. Throw in a pepper and zucchini into your salad, throw peas into your casserole, and incorporate spinach into your pizza recipes and any quick omelet.

There are so many simple steps you can take to ensure that more vegetables make it into your cooking and therefore into your body. It just takes a creative mind, and a commitment to cooking healthy.

What To Do With Summer Leftovers

Have you ever hosted a party and had several leftovers that you didn’t know what to do with? Find inspiration with a summer theme whether it’s using the grill or combining fresh vegetables and fruits with the dishes that are already prepared.

Corn on the cob is one of the items that you might find that is left over after a party. You think that guests will enjoy the vegetable only to find that it’s more filling than you thought. You can cut the corn off of the cob to make a fiesta salad or to make a creamed corn as a side dish.

Don’t let strawberries turn brown after they are used on a fruit platter. Instead combine them with a bit of cream to make popsicles. You can also use them to make a homemade ice cream topped with chocolate syrup or sprinkles. Watermelon is another fruit that you likely notice is left over after a party. Turn the watermelon into a fun punch for another celebration, or combine it with other fresh fruits for a refreshing smoothie.

If you make BBQ ribs and have a few left over, then use the meat in a taco, or make a pork sandwich with more sauce added on top. This is also a way to use some of the side dishes that you prepared, such as baked beans or potato salad, as they can go along with the new meat dish.

Product Recognition Is The Perfect Way To Figure Out That Mystery Ingredient

Most foods these days have labels on them, which allow people to recognize them, wherever they are seen. But it may not always be easy for a home chef to know what every ingredient is, especially if they see the product in the hands of another person or at a mysterious market. Anyone who sees an ingredient that they are interested in, and maybe they would like the product for themselves, is encouraged to use product recognition apps. Product recognition is usable, after a picture is taken of an unknown item, and then the application will analyze the picture.

After analyzing the picture, the application may come back with an exact match, allowing the person to know where the product is located, how much it costs, and even allowing them to purchase the product right away. If the application is not able to recognize the product, it can use other resources, in order to analyze the picture, and determine a close match. Product recognition is a much easier way to find a product, other than shopping around from store to store, hoping that you’ll come across the product on your own. Product recognition is the main feature of cool new app Slyce.

Slyce has technologies, which allow anyone to find a product that they may want. Since it’s always possible to see great products, while we are out on the road, we may not always know who the product creator is, where to find it, or what the cost may be. It may be a bit embarrassing to ask the person who’s holding the product, to give you more information about it, especially if they are unknown to you. Product recognition technology, allows you to snap a photo of the product, and the technology analyzes it, saving you the time it takes to search for the product on your own.

Slyce has created several technologies, which allow for product recognition, via printed ads, as well as taking an actual picture of the item, and the applications can analyze the pictures very well. Since Slyce works with six of the biggest retailers that are in the USA, the technology they provide, is able to bring back a match of many products. Once a match is made, it’s even possible to purchase the item right away, and have it shipped to your home. Imagine the amount of time that is saved, just by using Slyce technologies?

The applications are free to download, so you can begin using the product recognition app right away, allowing a product that you take a picture of to be analyzed. The pictures are analyzed in different stages, allowing for a close match, if not an exact match. Product recognition is different than it once was, and now it’s much easier to use an application, in order to find the exact product that you may see, while you’re out with your phone. If you don’t know about an item you’ve found, snap a picture, and use the app to find it.

Cut Rice Calories in Half with This Cooking Trick

Rice is an inexpensive way to stretch a meal, but the reduction in meal costs comes with a high calorie price tag. Marc Sparks even said that a half cup of rice contains 100 calories, and that’s a significant amount of calories considering that white rice is typically eaten by the cup-fulls and is part of a bigger meal. But there is a way to have your money-saving, meal-stretching rice and eat it without packing on the pounds. All you have to do is add a little fat to the cooking water. That’s right, add fat to the rice to reduce the calories.

Rice contains two types of starch, digestible and resistant. The more resistant starch a food contains, the fewer calories it contains. Cooked rice contains more digestible starch, and that is transformed into sugar and quickly absorbed into the blood stream after eating. By adding a little of a specific fat to the cooking water, you can change the molecular structure of the cooked rice so it will contain more resistant starch and therefore fewer calories.

Add a spoonful of coconut oil into boiling water, then add uncooked rice. Allow the rice to cook for 40 minutes, then drain and refrigerate for at least 12 hours before eating. Re-heat when ready to eat.

This cooking trick reduces the amount of calories by half, making a half cup of cooked rice contain only 50 calories.