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Cooking Tip-How to Braise Meat

Cooking Tip-How to Braise Meat

Submitted by: Stan Plytynski

If you want to enjoy a gourmet meal using inexpensive cuts of meat then you’ll want to learn how to “braise”. Braising means browning the meat oil and/or butter then slowly cooking in a covered roasting pan. The meat is covered in a liquid which usually includes some combination of water, broth and red or white wine. Cooking time can take from one to several hours as this method is used to tenderize and intensify the flavors in the meat and accompanying vegetables. Despite the time frame, most recipes are usually fairly simple and don’t require any advanced skills.

Follow these basic steps and you and your family or friends will thoroughly enjoy the results.

Step 1-Choose your favorite cut of meat. Lamb, beef, veal or pork shanks are very common in these recipes. Beef shoulder roast, chuck roast or brisket are also good choices. These cuts are usually tougher with higher levels of collagen. Collagen, when cooked at low temperatures for an extended time creates a gelatin which helps the tenderizing process. You can use chicken but it should not be skinless and bone should be in. Legs and thighs work best. The real secret is in the slow cooking.

Step 2-Brown the meat in some type of fat…olive oil, butter or some combination suggested in the particular recipe. The browning process is intended to add color and flavor enhancement. Frequently, the recipe may call for rolling the meat in flour seasoned with salt and fresh ground pepper. Again….a flavor enhancement. The browning process is done in a Dutch oven or large heavy pot with a lid. The browning step may take 10 -20 minutes to cover all sides of the meat. It only cooks the surface of the meat and the earing locks in flavor.

Some tips….the meat should be patted dry and free of moisture or it will “steam” more than brown…don’t crowd the meat so any moisture can escape. Size of the portions, if not whole, should be the roughly the same for even cooking.

Step 3-Add liquids. As I mentioned earlier, depending on the type of meat and recipe, you can use wine, water, stock/broth...usually a combination of these liquids. At this point you will usually add onions, garlic, spices, vegetables and any other flavoring you may like. Some cooks/recipes say don’t cover the meat & vegetables entirely. I have covered with liquid and the results are very good.

Step 4-Cover the Dutch oven or pan. You can cook over a stove top or in the oven. I prefer the oven as it provides more even cooking on all sides and results in the best flavor and tenderizing. Follow the recipe for the correct oven temperature. Remember it will always be low….300-325* or less.

Here are some typical cooking times...

Lamb shanks….4-6 each a pound…2 ½ hours

Veal shanks….4-6 each a pound…2-2 ½ hours

Shoulder roast…3-4 pounds…roughly an hour per pound

Chicken (remember bone in/skin on)….1-1 ½ hours

Give ‘braising” a try….you don’t have to be a gourmet cook to enjoy a wonderful meal!



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Crockpot Dessert Recipes - Make Your Favorite Recipes Without the Oven

Crockpot Dessert Recipes - Make Your Favorite Recipes Without the Oven

Submitted by: Susanne Myers

Does shuffling around your dishes in and out of the oven get complicated during a big holiday meal? We like to have several desserts, so that usually means something's got to come out of the oven so the desserts can start going in. Juggling food around never works out well.

Why not put your crockpot to work for you this year? Transform your old favorite dessert recipes into crockpot dessert recipes and free up your oven for what it was meant for... the Turkey and Green Bean Casserole!

I chose three of my family's favorite desserts to make this year in my crockpot in order to free up my oven space and stove top for other dishes. Let's see how we can put my crockpot to work.

Apple Brown Betty

If you make this dessert in the oven, you have to time it just right so that you're pulling it out only a few minutes before serving. That's because it's better served hot with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. You can basically use all the ingredients you normally do, but I add a little more butter. You're going to cook it on low for a couple hours so that's all the timing required. No last minute switching casseroles around so you can get this dessert done at the perfect time.

My recipe is sort of a variation of both apple crisp and bread pudding, so a crunchy topping is optional. If you like, you can mix together the ingredients for the topping in a saucepan, then top the apple dessert either in the bowls or in the slow cooker just before serving.

PB and Chocolate Brownie

Brownies are always yummy, but this brownie dessert tops them all with the added peanut butter! You begin with a regular brownie mix, but the dessert isn't cut into squares like normal brownies. You spoon the dessert into bowls instead of cutting them into traditional brownie squares. Serve while hot so that the added ice cream or whipped topping melts a little.

Top this brownie dessert with some sprinkles of Reese's Pieces or other candy topping that you like. Cut a peanut butter cup in quarters and garnish with one quarter for each serving. You want to time the cooking and serving of this so that you are ready to scoop up your dessert just minutes after you shut off the heat.

Pecan Crust Cheesecake

One of my favorite desserts is cheesecake. It's fun using what can be considered a mini oven. Basically, you use the same recipe you normally would. The important thing to keep in mind is you'll be using a 7" springform pan so you need to make sure it will fit . A 5 or 6 quart size is usually big enough, but measure to be sure. Then, make a simple graham cracker crust with some finely chopped pecans added, form the crust in the bottom and up the sides a little in your pan. Make the filling according to the recipe you normally use, then fill your pan.

You'll need to put a small rack in the bottom to hold the springform pan off the bottom. If you don't have a rack that fits, just pull a good length of aluminum foil off the roll and form a donut shape out of it to support the pan. Put that on the bottom and put your pan in. You want to cook your cheesecake on high for several hours, then shut off the heat and let it sit in there for another hour or until it's cool enough to handle. Then you'll cool it completely on a rack before you remove the pan from the cheesecake.

You shouldn't have to spend your holiday shuffling food all over your kitchen! Leave your main dishes alone to cook in peace and quiet by making crockpot dessert recipes and solve the food juggling dilemma.

About the Author: Susanne Myers at HillbillyHousewife.com wants to help you make fabulously tasty treats for your family and dinner guests. Find lots of crockpot recipes, tips, and ideas in the Hillbilly Housewife's informative guide, Crockpot Cooking Made Simple. Get your copy now and start enjoying the pleasures of crockpot cooking today!

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Simple Tips for the Best Super Bowl Party Ever

Simple Tips for the Best Super Bowl Party Ever

Submitted by: KC Kudra

The final football game of the season is coming up. You want to invite all your cronies over to enjoy the biggest game of the year with you. However, how will you keep them content and fed? The good news is, there are lots of ways to not only keep your guests happy, but you can enjoy the game, too!

Think about all those tailgating parties you attended during the football season. You can plan your Super Bowl party the same way! Use lawn chairs in your living room for extra seating. Make great tasting snacks and set them out like a buffet so everyone can eat, as they like. Stock up on heavy duty paper plates and plastic silverware... it will make your cleaning up a breeze. Use those memories of tailgating to create a theme of camaraderie at your party.

Supply plenty of cold beverages. Soda, water, and beer will be the easiest to serve as well as what is expected. Keep them cold in chests full of ice. We are invoking that tailgating fun remember? Screaming and cheering brings on a lot of thirst, so be sure to stock enough!

Now for the food. You must have food for a good Super Bowl party. Snack foods are the best. They are easy to make and easy to eat while you are yelling at the game. Think of things like chicken wings, meatballs, nachos, pizza... anything that tastes great and you can eat with your fingers. Other foods like chili are always welcome, too. Serve everything up on platters or in crock pots so everything is ready when your guests want to eat.

Sub sandwiches are a great Super Bowl treat. Pile them high with cold cuts, lettuce, and tomato. Serve it up with lots of chips and dips. Finger foods like pigs in blankets and sausage rolls are super simple to make and they taste great. Keep it simple and fun so you can enjoy the party, too.

Not everyone is a big football fan, and it is inevitable that there will be a few who just do not care too much about watching. Let them congregate in a nice corner with lots of goodies to eat so they can visit and have a good time. If some guests are bringing children, set up a play room with toys they can enjoy during the game. Give them some snacks and they will have a great time.

Making Superbowl party food should be stress free and simple. You should be able to enjoy the game if you wish, or stay with the guests who prefer to visit. Either way, choose foods that make it easy for you. If you can prepare some the day before, all the better. Offer the food throughout the afternoon so it is not all gone at one time.

You should be able to relax on Super Bowl Sunday, or at least join in the mayhem as your team makes the winning touchdown. Football fans do get intense at times. Either way, you should revel in feeding your guests delicious snacks and having a ball.

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Crockpot Appetizer Recipes - Turn Your Old Favorites Into New Sensations

Disclaimer:  The following article has useful information that maybe useful to our readers, but it also discusses use of an alcoholic beverage as a cooking ingredient. Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) does not promote alcohol consumption because we don't drink alcohol based on our religious convictions. If you drink alcohol, please do so in moderation.

Crockpot Appetizer Recipes - Turn Your Old Favorites Into New Sensations

Submitted by: Susanne Myers

Now that the holiday season is right around the corner, you've probably started dragging out your recipes, including your favorite crockpot appetizer recipes. Everyone loves those tasty treats and you know your dinner guests like to grab a few bites as they mingle.

Even when planning a big sit-down meal, your dinner guests will always make room for a few tasty bites before dinner. The trick to serving good appetizers is serving an attractive and delicious variety of dishes. This may be easier said than done when you have become so accustomed to making certain appetizers year after year.

It's time to put your crockpot to work for you as you improve on your classic appetizers like cheese dips, cocktail wieners, and meatballs. Your holiday gathering is special. Shouldn't your appetizers be special, too? Let's take a look at how to make your old favorites a bit more special:

Cheese Dip - You can certainly make a simple little cheese dip that would be delicious, but, don't you want to make a dip that your guests will remember, and talk about, and ask you for the recipe? How about an Artichoke and Cheese dip? By adding some chopped artichoke hearts to your favorite cheese dip you've perked this appetizer up enough to make it memorable.

You can also add flavorful ingredients like Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and red pepper flakes to really kick this cheese dip up a few notches. Cook in your crockpot on low for about 2 hours, and keep warm to serve with your crackers, chips, or bread.

Cocktail Sausages - Think way beyond those little wienies and serve up an easy, but fancy, batch of sweet and tangy Apple Sausage Appetizers instead. Use any combination of ingredients such as brown sugar, honey, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard, then instead of adding Vienna Sausages, cut up some good apple smoked sausage, some tart apples like Granny Smith, and some sweet onion and add that to the crockpot.

If your guests were expecting the standard cocktail wienie appetizer, they'll be pleasantly surprised when they bite into this sweet and spicy treat. Combine the ingredients in your crockpot, set it on low heat, and let cook for about 2 hours. Check to make sure the apples and onions are just cooked through but not turning to mush, then serve warm.

Meatball Bites - Those little meatballs swimming around in barbecue sauce are tasty, but are they special enough for your holiday event? Go ahead and make your mini meatballs out of your favorite recipe, but when it comes to the sauce, it's time to do something special. Beer is the ingredient that kicks this appetizer recipe up a couple pegs. This Tangy Meatball Appetizer will have your guests wondering what makes the sauce so yummy. Start by making your favorite meatball recipe, form the mini meatballs, then brown them in a heavy skillet with cooking oil. Once they're brown, put them in your crock pot.

Mix together in a separate bowl a combination of ingredients starting with beer. Add any or all of the following ingredients to the beer - spicy tomato juice, mustard, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, or anything that sounds good to you. Pour this sauce over the meatballs in the crockpot, turn the heat to low, and let it cook for about 2 hours or a little more until you're sure the meatballs are cooked thoroughly. You won't find these meatballs on just any buffet!

Nutty Snacks - I always think some pretty bowls of assorted nuts placed on tables around the room is a nice touch. But, instead of just dumping some mixed nuts in a bowl, why not cook up a batch to surprise your holiday guests? Because pecans are often associated with sweet snacks and desserts, these Cajun Style Pecans will be quite the surprise, indeed!

Choose the spices that you would normally associate with a good Cajun dish. You'll probably want ground onion and garlic, of course, and cayenne pepper, chili powder, oregano, basil, and thyme. Mix these together, then add to some melted butter and pecans in your crockpot. Cover your crockpot and turn it to high for about 10 minutes, then uncover and turn to low. Continue cooking on low, uncovered, for about 2 hours. Stir the contents a few times to keep the pecans coated and toasting evenly. After they're done cooking, just cool the pecans by spreading them on a baking sheet, rack, or paper towels.

We all have our favorite appetizers that have become a tradition over the years. We can still enjoy these same appetizers, but don't they deserve a little updating? And don't our guests deserve a little special treat this year? Surprise them by tweaking your old crockpot appetizers and maybe you'll start some brand new traditions!

About the Author: Susanne Myers at HillbillyHousewife.com wants to help you make great appetizers and other tasty dishes for your family. Find lots of crockpot recipes and more in the Hillbilly Housewife's informative guide, Crockpot Cooking Made Simple. Get your copy now and start enjoying hot, hearty meals every night!

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Make Some Healthy Fruit Smoothies - The Perfect Cool Treat

Make Some Healthy Fruit Smoothies - The Perfect Cool Treat

Submitted by: Susanne Myers

Healthy fruit smoothies are the perfect snack during the hot days of summer. Packed with fruit, they cool you down as you sip them while rehydrating and providing you with plenty of vitamins and fiber. Get out your blender and create your own favorite version. Smoothies can be made with just about any fruit. Try a few until you find some favorites that will become your summer snack of choice.

Kids will slurpo down these smoothies without even realizing that they are getting plenty of fresh fruit and milk. They will love the fact that they get to have a "milkshake" for breakfast or snack.

The Basic Ingredients Of A Good Fruit Smoothie

The ingredients for a good smoothie are very basic: plenty of fruit, a little yogurt, milk or juice. That's about it. Just put everything into a blender and blend until smooth. You can add more or less liquid (that's the juice or milk) to get the consistency you like best.

To Freeze Or Not To Freeze

My favorite smoothies are usually frozen and I use frozen fruit for them. Frozen fruit can be found in your grocer's freezer aisle year around and you can also freeze your own when you find yourself with more fresh fruit than you can eat. Berries are usually best frozen whole, while bananas can be peeled and sliced before freezing. If you are using fresh fruit, you can add some ice to turn your smoothie into a frozen treat.

Using a combination of fresh and frozen fruit, or adding plenty of ice cold milk or juice will result in a cold instead of frozen smoothie. I suggest you try them both ways and see which kind you prefer.

By the way, just about any smoothie made with fresh fruit can also be made with frozen fruit. You may just want to add a little more liquid if the smoothie is getting too thick for your blender to process.

Yogurt, Juice Or Milk?

We already established that we need plenty of fruit for a good smoothie. The other main ingredient is usually yogurt, juice or milk. Personally I like non-fat yogurt a lot in my smoothies. I use either vanilla or Greek yogurt along with a splash of any juice sitting in my fridge. If you are not a big yogurt fan, try using some milk instead or use your favorite fruit juice. Even if you are using yogurt you will need a splash of milk or juice to get the smoothie to a drinkable consistency.

Dairy-Free Options

Of course you don't have to have dairy in your smoothies. You can blend just about any fresh or frozen fruit with your favorite juice. For that creamy smoothie consistency try adding some frozen banana slices to any smoothie.
Other great options are soy, rice or almond milk. Just blend your favorite fruit with one of those dairy free "milk" products. If you are trying to up the protein content of your smoothie and make it a little more filling, add some soft tofu to your smoothie. Just be sure to add a little splash of soy milk or juice to think it out to a drinkable consistency.

To Sweeten Or Not To Sweeten

Last but not least, let's talk about sweeteners. They are of course completely optional and whether or not you need them depends on how sweet the fruit you are using is. I also find that if I add vanilla yogurt or orange juice I don't usually need any added sweetener.

When I do add a sweetener it is usually stevia, a natural no-calorie sweetener. Other options are sugar, simple syrup or honey. Taste your smoothie before you add anything to sweeten it. If you feel it does need that little extra sweetness, add a little and blend it in for a few seconds.

About the Author: And now I would like to invite you to whip up a smoothie. My personal favorite right now is this delicious strawberry pineapple smoothie drink. Get out your blender, grab some fruit, yogurt, juice and ice and blend up one of these delicious smoothie recipes today. They are as healthy as they are delicious.

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Affordable Meals With the Use of Canned Soup Recipes

Affordable Meals With the Use of Canned Soup Recipes

Submitted by: KC Kudra

Canned soup is an inexpensive meal that is easy to make. All you have to do is open up the can and heat up the contents. Unfortunately, this can get boring fast. What is an amateur cook to do? If you are in a hurry, you are probably not going to be able to cook a full meal from scratch. The good news is that you can improve any can of soup to make things more interesting, without things getting complicated.

The right additions can turn your canned soup from a bland sort of meal to a fabulous one. For instance, a few extra vegetables can make things a lot more fun. Chop up whatever you have around and saute it quickly in a pan, or just cook it a little in the microwave. Add the partially cooked veggies to your soups and improve the flavor right away.

Frozen Vegetables Make a World of Difference

Do not forget the frozen vegetables, either. Adding a handful of frozen corn or peas to a can of soup can make it a lot more interesting, especially when you are talking about chowders and cream soups. It does not get much easier than this - just add the veggies and heat.

What about Other Items Such as Meat

For those who would like to make their soups a little meatier, leftovers may be the answer. Save up the extra bits of chicken, beef, pork, or seafood from a previous meal, heat them up in the microwave, and add them right into your canned soup. You can use any kind of meat at all, as long as you use safe handling techniques.

For those who do not usually have much in the way of meaty leftovers, canned meats can come to the rescue. There are great canned chicken, shrimp, crab, and other meat options out there that can really help you add interest to your soups. It is amazing how easy soup recipes can be.

How about Some Added Fiber with added Grains

Grains make great soup addition, as well. If you have a half cup of rice, a spoonful of pilaf, or half a serving of pasta left some night, don't throw it out. Instead, put it in a bag in the fridge, and then add it to your next soup meal.

How to Spice Up that Soup

Check out your spices and condiments. Some of them can make a boring soup much more interesting. A sprinkle of garlic salt, basil, oregano, or red pepper could add that flavor you have been looking for. A splash of sherry or wine, or a little bit of an interesting vinegar (balsamic is great) are also excellent options. You can get creative with your options, too. A little bit of soy sauce adds an interesting depth of flavor.

Cheese is great on top of soups, or heated in cream soups and chowders to create something new. Alternatively, try adding a spoonful of sour cream to a canned soup, after you have heated it up. The extra richness could make the meal a lot more appealing.

About the Author: If you would like to find out more about cooking with chicken, or you are looking for a few new recipes, there is only one place to go, when you are looking for soup recipes you would think it would be easy to choose, wouldn't you? Do you know how many recipes are available for soup at this site? http://www.ChickenNoodleSoups.com - Soup This Good Really Can be Healthy!

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Put Your Crockpot To Work During The Cold Winter Months - A Week Of Crockpot Cooking Ideas

Put Your Crockpot To Work During The Cold Winter Months - A Week Of Crockpot Cooking Ideas

Submitted by: Susanne Myers

If getting from your car to your door seems like a march through the tundra during cold winter days, a trip to the grocery store may be excruciating to think about. You may be entertaining thoughts of staying in your nice warm car and driving through a fast food place for dinner instead. But, that sort of impulse can really defeat a grocery budget, even though the nice warm car is tempting.

How can you feed your family a nice hot meal without suffering those icy cold trips? By planning one shopping day with one goal in mind - creating enough crockpot meals for at least one whole week. Let's see how this can be accomplished.

You'll want to gather up your favorite crockpot recipes, picking a variety of dishes so your family doesn't get tired of the same old food. Make a grocery list that includes everything you need for the week based on the recipes you've chosen. Check your pantry for the standard supplies, too. Now do all your shopping for the week.

When you get home, carefully wrap and freeze the meat for the meals later in the week, chop up all your veggies for each meal and seal in containers. You are well on your way to a week of cozy meals without having to venture out in the cold. Here we go.

Sunday: Begin the week with a wonderfully aromatic Rotisserie Chicken. Your crockpot will produce a nice, crispy and juicy chicken just like a deli rotisserie. Make it a Sunday dinner by including your garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.

Monday: A Crockpot French Dip Roast is an easy way to serve a hot and satisfying sandwich for dinner. It may be just a sandwich, but it sure seems more like a meal when you use a good, hearty hard roll and add mozzarella cheese on top.

Tuesday: Time to spice things up a bit with a hearty Mexican Chicken meal. You control the spice, so this meal will satisfy everyone's tastes. Spoon generous portions over some hot rice, and no one walks away hungry. You may have enough leftover chicken from Sunday for this dish.

Wednesday: This is your night to go meatless with a fabulously rich Minestrone Soup. You could replace the beef broth with chicken broth if you choose, but, as is, this is a frugal meal that will please even your staunchest meat eater.

Thursday: Time to surprise your family with a Crockpot Turkey Breast dish that is wonderfully tangy and sweet. The turkey simmers in a beautiful sauce made with cranberry and onion. It looks and tastes incredible.

Friday: One day of the week is always busier than the rest. You'll be glad to have a refrigerator full of leftovers for that day. Arrange your leftovers on the counter with plates, bowls, and silverware, and have your family line up. It's Smorgasbord time!

Saturday: The races are on TV and we're not budging. So, when it comes time to eat, putting a platter of Pulled Pork Sandwiches on the table and having everyone help themselves, is a great way to enjoy the races and fill our tummies without missing a moment of the action.

Sunday: A quiet day at home, topped off by an incredible Tangy Chicken dinner is a day to remember. Gather the family around the table and see their faces light up when you uncover a platter of juicy chicken surrounded by colorful pineapple, green pepper, and carrots swimming in a bed of tangy sauce.

Stocking up and preparing for a week's worth of meals ensures that you have a house full of food for your family. But, equally as important, when your family finally gets home in out of the cold, they will walk into a house fragrant with the savory aromas of a delicious dinner ready to enjoy. Give this plan a try for one week and I guarantee you won't miss those stops at the drive-thru for a moment!

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Get Up and Start Cooking With Margarine

Get Up and Start Cooking With Margarine

Submitted by: Sue Batty

Ever thought about giving up butter and using margarine instead for cooking? If not, then we are here to inspire you with some fantastic reasons why margarine makes a great butter substitute for cooking plus offer some exciting recipe ideas to liven up your lunches, dinners and baking.

First off, cooking with margarine instead of butter is a small step that can help you on your way to a healthy, balanced diet; did you know that the plant oils that margarine is made from contain omega 3 and 6 fats that keep our bodies fighting fit and ready for action? Including margarine in your cooking means that you’ll be increasing your intake of these essential nutrients (which the body can’t produce on its own) while simultaneously cutting down on the bad fats – quality margarine contains less saturated fats than butter and only mere traces of trans fats.

When you’re using margarine for cooking, be it frying up a juicy steak or grilling a delicious kebab, margarine has an extra bonus feature that lots of people don’t know about: it spits out far less when it gets hot like cooking oils and butter often can. Instead, liquid margarine goes clear to let you know that your pan is hot and ready to go – how good is that? Plus it is so versatile that you can use it straight from the fridge, without having to warm it up or wait for it to soften. It makes cooking and baking quicker and easier!

We have loads of great recipes to try online – there are those who swear that cooking with margarine is the key to the perfect curry; margarine can also add a thicker, richer consistency for warming winter soups. Why not try this fantastic margarine powered lasagne from Flora?

Preheat your oven to moderate 170°C (fan assisted), 350°F, gas mark 4. Then place 350g of mince, 1 large, chopped onion and I clove of peeled garlic in a pan and fry, stirring until the beef is browned. Crumble in one Knorr cube and stir in. Add 600g of canned chopped tomatoes, 2-3 tbsps of tomato purée, a handful of freshly chopped herbs; thyme, sage, oregano, pepper etc. and I large glass of red wine. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook the 175g of lasagna in boiling salted water for 10–15 minutes, until soft. For the sauce, bring 425 ml milk to the boil with 1 small onion, a carrot and a bay leaf. Leave to infuse for 10–15 minutes with no hear. Strain the milk and place back in the pan with 2tbsps Flora Cuisine and 25g of flour. Stirring constantly, bring to the boil and simmer for 2–3 minutes until thickened and smooth.

Cook in a preheated oven for 30–40 minutes – then serve!

Just six easy steps to a delicious lasagne for the whole family. So you see, switching to margarine for cooking doesn’t mean compromising on taste – with so many varieties of margarine there’s a blend to suit every taste and to fit every lifestyle choice – whether you’re vegan, losing weight, cutting down on salt or trying to lower your cholesterol! And, with so many recipes to inspire and excite, mealtimes need never be boring again!

About the Author: “I’m Sue Batty, the margarine experts, for many years now and I’m also a chef. I always use margarine in my cooking; I always have and I always will, because it’s the obvious healthy, tasty and simple-to-use solution to all of my cooking needs” – For more information and top tips on cooking with margarine, visit http://www.enjoymargarineeveryday.com/cooking-with-margarine

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Shepherds Pie Recipe: Ground Beef Shepherds Pie Recipe

Shepherds Pie Recipe: Ground Beef Shepherds Pie Recipe

Submitted by: Brandy Summers

A hearty meal of shepherds pie will give you that warm glow during the colder months. This recipe features ground beef, potatoes, cheese and mushroom soup.

5 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 pound ground beef
6 slices American cheese
1 (10.75oz.) can condensed golden mushroom soup
3 teaspoons butter (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place the potatoes into a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain and mash.

While the potatoes are cooking, crumble the ground beef into a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook and stir until evenly browned. Drain off the grease. Stir in the mushroom soup.

Transfer mixture to an 8-inch square baking dish. Layer the slices of cheese over the meat. Spread mashed potatoes evenly over the top. Dot with butter.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.


=> Shepards Pie Recipe: Down Home Shepherds Pie

Another homemade version of shepards pie featuring ground beef, potatoes, corn, beans, cheese and gravy.

1 (7.6 oz.) package potato flakes
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 onion, finely diced
1 (15 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (15 oz.) can green beans, drained
4 (10.5 oz.) cans brown gravy
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 pound American cheese slices

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare potatoes according to directions on box. Set aside.

In a large skillet, sauté ground beef over medium heat for 1 minute. Add onion to skillet and continue to cook until beef is no longer pink and onion is beginning to brown. Drain off some of the grease.

Add corn, green beans and gravy to the skillet. Mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread potatoes over the top. Layer cheese slices over potatoes.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese turns golden brown.


=> Sheppards Pie Recipe: Chicken Sheppards Pie

This sheppards pie recipe features chicken, potatoes, garlic, cheese and spices.

8 potatoes
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup milk
1 medium head roasted garlic
1 pound chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
1 cup corn
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the head of garlic in half and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap garlic in aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.

Peel, chop and boil the potatoes until tender; drain. Mash potatoes. Add butter, milk and the roasted garlic; mix well. Set aside.

In the bottom of a casserole dish, arrange the chicken evenly on the bottom. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Layer on the peppers, corn and all but 1/4 cup of the cheese. Spread mashed potatoes on top.

Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until brown around the edges.


=> Shepherds Pie Recipe: Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe

If you like shepherds pie, but don’t have time to fuss over a longer recipe, you can whip up this version in a short time. It’s still homemade and will hit the spot perfectly.

1 pound roast beef, cooked and cubed
2 onions, sliced thinly
1/2 cup homemade beef gravy
4 cups mashed potatoes, cooked

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Layer the roast beef in the bottom of a 2-quart casserole dish. Layer the sliced onions on top and pour on the gravy. Spread the mashed potatoes on top.

Bake for 1 hour, or until potatoes are browned.


=> Shepherds Pie Recipe: Turkey Shepherds Pie

This version of shepherds pie will take a little bit more effort, but you’ll be rewarded with a savory pie featuring turkey, red potatoes, zucchini, green beans, mushrooms, cheese, spices and a whole wheat crust.

5 large red potatoes, peeled
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup milk
2 (9-inch) whole wheat pie crusts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1 pound ground turkey
1 large carrot, julienned
1 zucchini, thickly sliced
1/4 cup canned green beans, halved
6 large fresh mushrooms, quartered
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons butter, diced

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Boil potatoes until tender. Mash with 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine and milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Saute onion and carrots in olive oil until soft. Stir in the ground turkey, parsley, thyme and garlic. Once turkey is almost browned and broken up, add zucchini and mushrooms. Salt and pepper to taste; drain. Stir in the flour.

Divide meat mixture into two whole wheat pie crusts. Sprinkle cheese over meat, if desired. Spread green beans over the cheese. Spread mashed potatoes evenly
over mixture. Dot with butter.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until potatoes are slightly browned.


=> Sheperds Pie Recipe: Savory Sausage Sheperds Pie

A real hearty sheperds pie meal for sausage lovers.

1 pound sausage, uncooked
1 (12 oz.) jar beef gravy
1 (10 oz.) package frozen mixed vegetables
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (24 oz.) package prepared mashed potatoes

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a skillet, crumble and cook the sausage over medium high heat until brown. Drain on paper towels.

In a bowl, combine the sausage, gravy, vegetables and Worcestershire sauce.

Pour mixture into a greased 2-quart casserole dish. Spoon the mashed potatoes evenly on top. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

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Health Food | Health Benefits of Fruits | Natural Nutrition | Health Benefits For All Fruits | Benefits Eating Fruit to Lose Weight | Fruits Juices Benefits

Health Food | Health Benefits of Fruits | Natural Nutrition | Health Benefits For All Fruits | Benefits Eating Fruit to Lose Weight | Fruits Juices Benefits

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The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family Rosaceae. It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits.The tree originated from Central Asia, where its wild ancestor is still found today. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples resulting in a range of desired characteristics. Cultivars vary in their yield and the ultimate size of the tree, even when grown on the same rootstock.

At least 55 million tons of apples were grown worldwide in 2005, with a value of about $10 billion. China produced about 35% of this total. The United States is the second leading producer, with more than 7.5% of the world production. Turkey, France, Italy, and Iran are also among the leading apple exporters.

Health benefits for Apple

The proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” addressing the health effects of the fruit, dates from 19th century Wales. Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Compared to many other fruits and vegetables, apples contain relatively low amounts of Vitamin C, but are rich source of other antioxidant compounds. The fiber content, while less than in most other fruits, helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer. They may also help with heart disease, weight loss, and controlling cholesterol, as they do not have any cholesterol, have fiber, which reduces cholesterol by preventing reabsorption, and are bulky for their caloric content like most fruits and vegetables.

There is evidence that in vitro apples possess phenolic compounds which may be cancer-protective and demonstrate antioxidant activity. The predominant phenolic phytochemicals in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2.

Apple juice concentrate has been found to increase the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in mice, providing a potential mechanism for the “prevent ion of the decline in cognitive performance that accompanies dietary and genetic deficiencies and aging.” Other studies have shown an “alleviat oxidative damage and cognitive decline” in mice after the administration of apple juice.

The seeds are mildly poisonous, containing a small amount of amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside; usually not enough to be dangerous to humans, but it can deter birds.

2. Banana

anana

Banana is the common name for herbaceous plants of the genus Musa and for the fruit they produce. They are native to the tropical region of Southeast Asia, and are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea. Today, they are cultivated throughout the tropics.

Banana plants are of the family Musaceae. They are cultivated primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent for the production of fibre and as ornamental plants. As the banana plants are normally tall and fairly sturdy, they are often mistaken for trees, but their main or upright stem is actually a pseudostem. For some species, this pseudostem can reach a height of 2–8 m, with leaves of up to 3.5 m in length. Each pseudostem can produce a bunch of green bananas, which when ripened often turn yellow or sometimes red. After bearing fruit, the pseudostem dies and is replaced by another.

Health benefits

Along with other fruits and vegetables, consumption of bananas were associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and in women, breast cancer and renal cell carcinoma Individuals with a latex allergy may experience a reaction to bananas.

Banana pape

Banana fibre is also used in the production of banana paper. Banana paper is used in two different senses: to refer to a paper made from the bark of the banana plant, mainly used for artistic purposes, or paper made from banana fiber, obtained from an industrialized process, from the stem and the non usable fruits. This paper can be either hand-made or made by industrialized machine.

3. Cranberry

Cranberry

Cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs or trailing vines in the genus Vaccinium subgenus Oxycoccos, or in some treatments, in the distinct genus Oxycoccos. They are found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Cranberries are a major commercial crop in certain American states and Canadian provinces see Cultivation and uses below. Most cranberries are processed into products such as juice, sauce, and sweetened dried cranberries e.g. Craisins, with the remainder sold fresh to consumers. Cranberry sauce is regarded an indispensable part of traditional American and Canadian Thanksgiving menus and European winter festivals.

Since the early 21st century within the global functional food industry, there has been a rapidly growing recognition of cranberries for their consumer product popularity, nutrient content and antioxidant qualities, giving them commercial status as a “superfruit”.

Health benefits and potential health benefits

Cranberries have moderate levels of vitamin C, dietary fiber and the essential dietary mineral, manganese, as well as a balanced profile of other essential micronutrients.

By measure of the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity with an ORAC score of 9,584 units per 100 g, cranberry ranks near the top of 277 commonly consumed foods in the United States.

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