How to be a Better Cook Part Four – Recipes for Success

Posted: October 22, 2013 in Series
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More than the directions for making a dish, they help you eat healthier foods, get better nutrition and more effectively manage your weight.

So don’t just jump at the first recipe you see.

Choosing the right recipes, according to your diet goals, tastes and cooking preferences, will improve your chances of making healthy cooking a part of your life.

  1. Pay Attention to Ingredients – It’s the whole point of cooking for yourself: to keep track of what you’re eating. So don’t just pick a recipe because it has a pretty picture. Look closely at everything that goes into each dish. Cooking can be one of the most creative things you do. Don’t be afraid to add ingredients you like and remove those you don’t. Or substitute ingredients for healthier options.
  2. Use a Variety of Recipe Sources – From Mom’s meatloaf scribbled on a bit of paper, to recipe books and the backs of food packages, always keep looking for new recipes or interesting twists on old ones. Every cook and recipe writer has different styles and the more you learn about them, them better your cooking will be.
  3. Get to Know a Recipe Before Using It– Recipes can get a little detailed at times. And, in our enthusiasm to get cooking, we often just scan through them and miss important details. Read each ingredient and direction thoroughly. Get to know the language of recipes. “One cup of cheese, grated” means you start with one cup of cheese and then you grate it. “One cup of grated cheese” means you grate cheese until you have one cup of grated cheese.

Also look for ways to save time and effort. Start heating your wok while you’re still preparing the vegetables.

Recipes are also a great topic of conversations. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, tips and advice, or just to see how others use the same recipes. And talk to a nutritional specialist who will help you find healthy recipes that keep you diet balanced and your nutrition at the right levels.