No Ice Cream Maker? No Problem

In a recent food.com article, author “Budget Bytes” gives the reader a brief rundown on how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. This simple tutorial gives you some basics to get started, but omits a few key pieces to the puzzle.

The article begins by briefly describing what makes good ice cream (tiny ice crystals versus big ones) and how to do it. The process begins with building a base, which the author partially explains, but, for some reason, does not provide a recipe. As it turns out, the article links to a recipe written by another user at the very end. The target audience seems to be people who do not generally make ice cream, so it’s a little confusing as to why the author would not give a full rundown on how to make the base.

The rest of the article gives a step-by-step on what to do after making the base and why. Next, you chill it in a container with a large surface area before freezing. After that, you throw it in the freezer and let it solidify slightly before pulling it out, mixing and repeating the process. Alternating between mixing and freezing breaks up larger ice crystals that might be forming to create a smooth ice cream texture.

The article delivers a smart, concise guide to making ice cream without a maker though, it would be more helpful with a recipe for ice cream base within the body.

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.

From Cake To Fruit Dip With A S’more

The S’more is a treat that can easily be changed depending on the flavors that you enjoy. Find an ingredient that you like that can be incorporated into the S’more, such as pretzels or cereal, to give a boost to the taste.

Slice a few pieces of fruit, such as pineapple and apples, and dip the slices into a S’mores dip. Melt chocolate chips in a cast iron pan with small pieces of crushed graham crackers. Top the chocolate with marshmallows. Once everything is melted in the oven, dip your fruit into the sweet gooey mess.

If you’re looking for an idea to make for a birthday cake, then try a S’mores cake. Prepare a dark chocolate cake with layers of a marshmallow filling. Small pieces of graham cracker can be blended with the filling. Top with melted chocolate that falls over the sides of the cake along with crushed graham crackers. Brownies are easy to change into a S’more. Simply bake a traditional brownie recipe, and top it with a chocolate ganache, marshmallows and graham crackers. You can also blend graham crackers into the brownie batter. Cheesecake might not be something you would consider making with a S’more, but if you prepare a sweet potato cheesecake and top it with marshmallows and chocolate, then you’ll have a delicious edition of the campfire treat that can be served at a special event.

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.

Healthy Ways To Cook Your Meat

Everyone likes their meat cooked differently. Most of my family likes their meat cooked well or even rare. I prefer my meat well done, and cooked through and through. However, concerns about the health of charred meat is making room for others to come up with healthy ways to cook your meat with high heat, including in this article posted this week on Huffington Post.

There’s a lot to be said for people who don’t eat meat at all, especially for how few calories from fat they consume while still managing to get the essential vitamins and nutrients necessary for good health and body strength. however, that kind of life just isn’t for everyone.

But if you change how you cook the meat you eat and make a difference for your health, that’s better than doing nothing at all. Some people cook their meat over charcoal on a grill and an aluminum sheet between the meat and the charcoal, in order to minimize the carcinogenic effect of charcoal on meat. The meat still comes out tasting just as good, still has a succulent, smoky flavor, and still satisfies you like a piece of meat cooked the old-school way.

Changing that one aspect of cooking meat, and considering going pinker in how far you cook your meat, is just one of the many simple ways you can make sure the meat you eat is as safe and beneficial to your health as possible.

Quesadillas Are the Cheapest, Easiest and Healthiest Meals

When you’re looking for a healthy meal or snack that is also easy to make and cheap to buy the ingredients for, quesadillas top the list. There are so many ways to make delicious and healthy quesadillas, so we’ll share some of these ideas with you below.

The BLT Quesadilla

You thought you could only make a BLT with bread, mayonnaise and all the rest of ingredients, but a quesadilla BLT is healthier and maybe even tastier than its classic cousin. All you have to do is put all the ingredients in a quesadilla and add some mozzarella cheese. If you don’t want to put the lettuce and tomato inside the quesadilla, add it on top!

Classic Mexican Quesadilla

For a classic Mexican quesadilla, put black beans, corn, salsa and mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese inside a quesadilla and pop it over some heat on the stove. Add guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and cilantro on top as garnishes.

Pizza Quesadillas

You don’t have to order out to have a delicious pizza at home. Just make a pizza quesadilla with some dipping sauce. Put a quesadilla in a pan with some olive oil on the stove. Add mozzarella cheese, some marinara sauce and any toppings you like. Pepperoni, peppers, onions, mushrooms, ham, pineapple, sausage and green and black olives are always a good idea, but you can go a bit simpler if you want. Put another tortilla on top and flip to cook. Cut the quesadilla into triangles and use some leftover marinara dipping sauce and parsley for garnishes.

Using Fresh Herbs Can Save You From too Much Sodium

Most people want to add a lot of flavor to the dishes they create in their kitchens, and herbs can contribute greatly to this. In fact, using fresh herbs in your cooking can actually save your life. This may sound like an overstatement, but it’s not.

Why herbs are so important to cooking

It’s important to use herbs in your cooking because they can replace salt, and as we all know, salt in large quantities can contribute to many serious diseases. Consuming too much sodium on a regular basis can cause high blood pressure, which in turn can contribute to strokes and heart attacks. In addition, too much sodium will make you feel bloated, and it can mask the actual flavors in the foods you’re eating.

Creating an herb garden in your kitchen

Making an herb garden is simple, and there are many curves that you can choose from. Most people who cook often like to have basil, rosemary, parsley, cilantro and mint in their kitchen gardens. All of these herbs can come in handy when cooking, and they can replace much of the salt that you would otherwise put into your dishes. For serious cookers and chefs, thyme can also be a beneficial herb to have a around. Some cooks also like to have dill for canning or making sauces. Oregano can also be helpful for soups and other Italian dishes. Adding herbs to your cooking is a great way to make delicious dishes that are also healthy or you.