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Who said Noodles Cant Be Healthy?

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For such lazy times! You can digg out your favourite packet of instant noodles and turn it into a complete and nutritional noodle meal which will make a quick and easy dinner!

It is always handy to keep some instant noodles at home as they’re a good quick meal when you’re just too busy to cook a heavy meal. However, with some creativity, you can always make a bowl of noodles into a healthy meal!

Try adding these healthy ingredients:

Vegetables:

Search your fridge for some healthy greens such as lettuce, mushrooms or carrots. If you don’t keep fresh food in your house, stock up, so you can toss them into the noodles.

Dried food:

You can soak a few dried mushrooms or dried soy bean skin in with your noodles for instant added nutrition.

Meat:

Meat can be a very tasty ingredient to add with your noodles Meat can also come in handy if you have nothing to cook but need the added protein!

Eggs:

Eggs are a great addition to alot of recipes. To make your noodles that extra bit tastier, scramble 1 or 2 eggs with black pepper and mix it with your noodles!

2 Quick Healthy Recipes For You and Your Family To Enjoy!

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Heres 2 quick recipe ideas to get you started on a journey to creating those quick healthy food ideas which will not take up alot of your time!

Recipe 1:

Tuna Salad

Ingredients:1 tin of tuna
low fat Mayonnaise or salad cream
Salad (lettuce, cress, carrots, cucumbers or onions)
Black pepper (optional)

This is very good quick and healthy recipe which is very easy to prepare and will not take up too much time. First, find a decent size bowl which is where the tuna salad will be prepared. Open the tin of tuna, drain the oil, then empty the tuna into the bowl.

Next, open a bottle of mayonnaise or salad cream and pour half of the contents into the bowl of tuna while mixing. Mixing the tuna is important so that the tuna does not end up looking too lumpy.

Wash the lettuce or cucumber in warm water, this is to properly wash off any small insects that may be found while preparing. After washing, put salad into the bowl of tuna and mix. Add black pepper and these you have it……Tuna Salad

Optional ingredients include:

olive oil
croutons
tomatoes
anchovies

Recipe 2:

Banana and oat Smoothie

Here is another idea to add to your list of great cooking tips! Even though the idea of a porridge drink does not sound too appetizing, this drink really is delicious and extremely healthy. Porridge has been proven to lower cholesterol, and having this drink will be a great addition to your healthy diet plan.

Ingredients:400ml cold milk (semi skimmed)
2 bananas
2 table spoons of Porridge Oats
Honey (optional)
4 ice cubes

To make a delicious healthy porridge oat smoothy, put all of the ingredients listed above in a blender, and blend for one minute and drink immediately.

5 Quick Tips On Cleaning Your Kitchen After Your Meal

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Now your done cooking that traditional family recipe, theres nothing more important than seeing your kitchen back to how it was before, by using simple and effective cleaning techniques which is important in terms of hygiene. Raw meat, poultry, fish and other raw foods can cross-contaminate foods that have come into contact.

After handling these foods such as raw meat and fish always wash your hands using anti bacterial hand wash, also wash and wipe down utensils and surfaces thoroughly before preparing food, especially cooked and ready-to-eat foods.

Here are 5 great tips on how to have a very hygienic kitchen:

1. Use separate cloths and/or sponges while cleaning; one very good tip is to make very good use of disposable cloths which are very cheap to buy. If you are going to be using a standard cloth, wash it in soap and hot water and then place in a disinfectant, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.

2. Keep all food cupboards clean and tidy. When you take cans of beans or peas from the cupboard to prepare your lovely recipes, wipe over the tops first with a damp cloth to remove any dust and germs.

3. If you are preparing food fit for an army, for example a family meal. It is always important to take off your watch, rings, bracelets and any other jewellery as well as washing your hands with a good anti bacterial hand wash before you start.

4. Cover all cuts, burns and sores and change any bandages or plasters that are beginning to loose their stick. Whats more important is to pay attention to any open wounds on hands, fingers and arms.

5. Store food correctly to find out how to store your food correctly, follow the manufacturers guidelines and check the ‘Use By’ dates which are usually located at the back of food packets. Also keep your food covered.

New Years Special Meal Anyone??!!

With 2008 fast approaching, why not cook up a meal that will nicely see you through to the new year! On todays menu we have:

Roast Beef

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Preparation time: 40 minutes.
Cooking time: 2- 2 ½ hours.
Oven temperature: 220 C, 425 F, gas 7.
Ingredients:
1. Sirolin rib- 1.75-2.25 kg/4-5 lb, boned and rolled.
2. Table Salt
3. Ground Pepper
4. Dripping- 2 oz./50g.(For the Yorkshire Puddings*)
5. Plain flour- 4 oz/100g.
6. 2 Eggs
7. Milk- ½ pint.

Cooking Instructions :

1. Place the beef in a roasting tin with the thickest layer of fat on the top.
2. Lightly season the beef with table salt and pepper (all purpose seasoning also works well) and spread with the dripping.
3. Roast the beef in a preheated oven, basting several times. A great meal suggestion would be small roast potatoes alongside the joint.
4. Take the beef to a warmed serving dish with the roast potatoes and those lovely Yorkshire puddings!.

Do You Need A Romantic Christmas Dinner Tip?

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Here are a few ideas to help you make a perfect romantic evening for you and your partner!:

– A romantic dinner should be a stylish meal idea so that you’ll impress your partner and have time to enjoy together.

– Think ahead and rent a Christmas DVD, this will be the perfect opportunity to cuddle your partner in bed, watch the movie and play games together. Perfect!.

– Plan a day of romantic activities together just for the two of you and make your romantic Christmas a memorable occasion…

– Look up recipes or meal ideas that will get you and your partner in the mood for a romantic and shall I say memorable Christmas!

– Another great romantic meal idea is garnishing your plates..this should bring out your decorative touch. You can also use scented candles or potpourri to create a romantic atmosphere.

Need Help Setting A Beautiful Christmas Table

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Hosting a Christmas dinner party for your family and friends can be quite a task…especially knowing that you have to cook a big enough turkey with the right recipes, get the setting right and most importantly making your guests feel welcome, ensuring that this Christmas will be memorable to them for all the right reasons.

Here are a few tips that will make your Christmas dinner event go without any hitches:

Use an Impressive Tablecloth

This is a basic rule that everyone must follow and get right! First, use an impressive tablecloth with a table runner, place mats and napkins as you never know who who could leave pieces of turkey all over the table!. Another good tip is try using Christmas themed prints and avoid giving your table a busy look as the table may have cramped look and guests will be thinking ‘where is the food going to go?’ Finally, always keep attention focused on your centerpiece, which is your brilliantly cooked Christmas meal.

Use Appropriate and Stylish Cutlery

White plates are always in style. The best thing about white cutlery is that you can dress them up with lots of Christmas themed accessories which will give that casual or playful look. Its good to have a relaxed environment without being too formal, so having a Christmas theme set on your table will definitely lighten the mood. You can also try mixing colors and styles which always adds interest and looks very pretty.

Small Gifts

What will really get your guests happy and in the Christmas spirit, will be neatly placed small gifts placed on the table. Christmas gift ideas can be be Christmas ornaments, Christmas sweets, peanuts or other imaginative gifts.

Finally,

The Centrepiece

The centerpiece must compliment the table. Even if you want to be creative in how you make the centrepiece, you should in any case remember to avoid certain common mistakes:

1. avoid compositions which are too high because they can block the view of the diners

2. the centerpiece must not be too big for the table

3. then there’s the container which holds the centerpiece: it will be better to use a low and unnoticeable container, or if it is visible see that it goes well with your creative table decorations.

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Chicken Stew

This family recipe is a great Winter meal that even the kids will enjoy!:

chicken-stew

Ingredients:
1.5 lbs cooked chicken (boneless)
1 can chicken broth
1 can vegetable broth
3 cups of water
2 tbsp oil (olive oil for the healthier choice!)
6 potatoes, chunks
2 stalks celery chopped
1 onion chopped
assorted vegetables (beans, peas, corn, carrot work well!)

Step 1:
In the biggest pot you can find, sauté the celery and onion in oil until soft. Add broths, chicken and water (use tin of chicken and measure 3 cups of water). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.

Step 2:
Once step one is completed, peel and add potatoes. Let simmer for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Add vegetables; any favourite will do, frozen or fresh.

Simmer an additional 10 minutes until vegetables are tender.

With dishes prepared, Serve hot!! Serving suggestions include rice or French stick bread.

This easy Chicken recipe is soon to become one of your favourites! Try it out and let me know your comments!

Corn starch, Bisto or flour can be added as a thickener, but if you use extra potatoes and lots of vegetables it doesn’t really need thickening.

Enjoy!