5 Ways to Cook Fast and Cook Healthy

With the new year not far away I’m sure a lot of you are gearing up with your fitness plans and but fitness isn’t just about what you do at the gym. It’s mostly about what you do it. To be precise, it’s about the diet.

To stay fit, build a leaner, stronger body you have to eat right. So here are a few kitchen hacks from KitchenGuyd.com to help you eat healthy yet be quick.

Flavor with spices

For flavor, most chefs would recommend you to use fresh herbs but chopping, dicing etc. is something I have always hated. Luckily, that’s where the spice drawer comes into action. Powdered ginger, garlic or even herbs work equally well.

Apart from that spice are also known to aid with weight loss. Cumin is one of the most effective spices. Apart from that Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Mustard, Turmeric, Ginger are few others.

Herb ice cubes

I always prefer buying fresh herbs from the market when cooking as they provide the best flavors but the problem is that the leftovers often go to waste until I recently came across a neat trick to use them.

All you need to do it blend the remaining herbs with some water or olive and, stuff them in ice trays and let it freeze. You can then add them to smoothies, omelets, and dips. Just keep track of the flavors you’re freezing.

Herb ice cubes

Find the right snacks

I love snacking especially in the evening but it’s hard to find stuff that’s healthy and not every time I or maybe even you would love to cook either, right? So what do you do when hunger strikes at 5?

Well, I have a jar at home stuffed with protein bars. Protein bars are easy to carry and fit in your pockets. Apart from that, they are available in tons of different flavors. The 10g of proteins will keep you fuelled for the rest of the day.

Make soups and broths like a boss

Like I mentioned above, I hate chopping and dicing and while soups and broths are some of the healthiest foods to have I’m often too lazy to prep them but here’s an easy way to do it and that too with the waste leftover from the previous cook.

All you need to do is throw in all the onion and carrot peel, celery tips etc. into a pressure cooker, use the right spices such ginger, garlic, pepper, salt etc. and no time you’ll have an amazing, yummy broth ready. Now that’s how you get your money’s worth.

Bake it healthy

Find it hard to avoid the yummy cakes and muffins? Well, baking can be done the healthy way too. You just need to find the right substitutes for the sugar and the fatty products and my recommended substitute is a banana.

Make sure the bananas are ripe. Simply peel them the throw it into the freezer. When needed, thaw it and add it to the cake batter.

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Cakegirlkc : 7 Ways To Properly Clean Your Pellet Smoker

If you want your pellet stove to last for a longer time and want to prevent any kind of accidental fires, then it is important that you clean your pellet smoker regularly and take special care of it. Proper maintenance of a pellet stove can increase its life and improve its efficiency, allowing you to grill and smoke food with better results.

So, here are 7 ways in which you can clean your pellet smoker efficiently:

  1. Cleaning after every use

One of the best ways to keep your pellet smoker clean at all times is by making sure you clean it after every use. For this, you would need your pellet smoker to run at a high temperature for a few minutes. This will help in unsticking the food items which were previously stuck to the smoker and melting any fat which is still accumulated on your smoker. Then, you will need a brush to remove the food items from the grill grate.

  1. Cleaning the built-up soot

If you want your smoker to function properly and provide your food items with adequate heat, then you would need to check for the build-up soot inside your smoker and clean it off with the help of a wire brush.

  1. Clean the glass

Another thing to keep cleaned in your smoker would be the glass which will help you in knowing whether the fuel is burning properly or not. To clean the glass, you would need to turn off your smoker first and then wait for 30 minutes for it to cool down before you start cleaning the glass. If you completely wanna change your smoker, check best pellet smokers and grill.Once the smoker has cooled down, you take a paper towel and a commercial glass cleaner to clean both the outside and the inside of the glass.

  1. Remove the clinkers

One important thing to clean from your smoker is the clinkers that are formed due to the melting and the solidifying of the ash. These clinkers can block the air flow and disturb the fuel and oxygen mixture to the burn pot. So, you need to remove these clinker with an ash tool.

  1. Empty the auger tube

If you don’t want your smoker’s feed system to get completely blocked, then you need to let your auger tube and fuel hopper to empty regularly to prevent sawdust and pellet debris from building up inside.

  1. Let your smoker cool down before cleaning

One of the best ways to ensure that you have completely cleaned your pellet smoker is by letting it cool down first before you start wiping it down with a wet cloth. This will allow you to clean thoroughly and remove any stuck food pieces to your smoker with great ease.

  1. Collect the grease

Make sure that you collect all the grease from your cooked fatty meats and store it in someplace where it won’t get in the hands of any animal. You don’t want grease to be spilling around your smoker as it can lead to a grease fire.

Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe for Marriage Anniversary

Marriage Anniversary is a special occasion in your life. No matter, whether it is yours 1st anniversary or 25th. You can do lots of things to make this day more special and eventful for your loved one. Today 1st Mar is our anniversary. We have completed 7 successful years or married life. I celebrated it with my husband by preparing this chocolate cake.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 self-raising flour (maida), sifted
  • 1/4 cocoa, sifted
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • Few drops vanilla extract
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk

homemade marriage anniversary chocolate cake

For Icing

  • 25g dark chocolate
  • 25g chopped butter
  • Chocolate bolls

Method

Sift flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt in a bowl and mix them.

homemade marriage anniversary chocolate cake

Now in another bowl beat egg add milk, oil, vanilla essence and water and then beat it again. Pour this egg mixture into flour mixture. Light beat again. This cake batter will be quite thin.

Preheat the oven at 180°C. Grease a 7 inches aluminum dish and dust it with flour. Pour the mixture into the dish and bake it for 20 to 25 minutes.

homemade marriage anniversary chocolate cake

After it is baked, take it out of the oven and let it cool.

For icing take a bowl; Mix melted chocolate and butter and let them cool. Spread the chocolate and butter mixture on the top of the cake. Decorate it with chocolate bolls.

 

Homemade Apple Sponge Cake Recipe-Tooty Fruity Apple Cake

Apple Sponge Upside Down Cake

The power of apple in the sponge cake.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Baking time: 30 minutes

Apple Sponge Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Eggs – 1
  • Refined wheat flour (maida) – 125g
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Baking Soda – 1 tsps
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Caster sugar – 5 tbsp
  • Butter – 70g
  • Milk – 6 tbsp
  • Hot water – 4 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Tooty Fruity – For Decoration

Method:

First of all soften the apple slices in microwave for 30 seconds and keep them aside.

In a bowl add caster sugar in melted butter. Mix it well.

Add egg, flour, milk, water, baking soda, baking powder and vanilla essence and mix well after every addition.

Grease the baking dish and then dust with sugar. Put a layer of soften apple slices into the dish as shown in picture.

Now pour the cake batter.

Now bake it about for 30 – 35 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 ºC.

Make upside down of the cake in a serving dish and decorate it with tooty fruity.

Enjoy delicious Apple upside down cake.

Homemade Mango Cake Recipe With Less Sugar

Mango Cake

This cake I made for those who are interested less sugar and calories in health point of view. I didn’t use any sugar substitute. For more taste you can add more sugar and more butter and decorate it with creamy frosting.

Mango Cake Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Baking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Eggs – 2 small
  • Refined wheat flour (maida) – 1 ½ cups
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Butter – ½ cup
  • Salt: ½ tsp (In case of using unsalted butter)
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Mango extract – 1 tsp
  • Orange color – ½ tsp
  • Mango – ¾ cup diced

 

Method:

Sift flour, salt (optional) and baking powder in a bowl. Preheat the oven at 180 ºC. Now beat and cream the melted butter and sugar. Add eggs one after one and mix it well.

Add milk then essence and color to get a bright color and lovely smell. Now pour the sifted flour mixture into this wet mixture and gently fold it.

Now add mango dices in this mixture. Pour this mixture in a greased baking dish.

Bake it in a preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. And then test it with the help of a toothpick, if it comes out clean remove the cake from oven and let it cool.

Invert the cake to remove it from the baking dish. You can serve it in fish shape too.

Enjoy the cake guilt free.

Lunchbox Special Homemade Muffins for Kids

Today I am sharing a simple lunch special muffins for kids. My daughter liked it very much; I hope you’re your kids will love it. Let’s start.

Muffin for Kids

Basic Muffin

This is basic muffin recipe which I gave pineapple flavor, but you can skip adding the flavor.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Baking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients: For 6 muffins

  • Eggs – 1
  • Refined wheat flour (maida) – 200g
  • Baking powder – 2 tsp
  • Sugar – 100g
  • Oil – 70ml
  • Salt: ½ tsp
  • Milk – 125ml
  • Pineapple essence – few drops
  • Tooty fruity – 20-25 (optional)

Method:

Beat the egg in a mixing bowl and then add oil and milk. Then add the sugar and whisk until dissolved. Now add few drops of pineapple essence.

Shift all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mix them.

Preheat the oven at 180 ºC. Mix dry ingredients mixture with egg mixture and fill 2/3rd of the muffin molds by this mixture. Put 3-4 pieces of tooty fruity on the top of every muffin and place the molds into the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Remove muffins from oven and take a toothpick test, if it comes out clean then your muffins are ready. Enjoy these easy to make delicious muffins with your kids.

Cut the cake into big pieces and enjoy the tangy flavor of it.