Food for Thought: Save time on weeknight meal prep
TIP OF THE WEEK
With so many dishes requiring time-consuming special preparation, you may find yourself looking for ways to shave a little time. The key is to buy back precious minutes without sacrificing the taste and quality your loved ones expect when they gather for a weeknight meal.
To ensure you're always ready to create delicious dinners, keep these tips in mind:
• Build recipes around staples you already have on hand, to shave off some grocery shopping time. To create a variety of dishes, keep a ready stash of basic items like rice, pasta, potatoes, and a large assortment of herbs and spices.
• Look for ingredients that offer convenience, such as being pre-cooked or pre-measured. For example, 10-minute quick-cooking long grain rice is pre-measured in a convenient colander bag that can be prepared on the stove or in the microwave.
• Save time slicing, dicing and chopping by using frozen or store-prepared fruits and vegetables. Cutting preparation time will leave you free to focus on tending to another dish, or spending more time with your family.
With a few time-saving measures in place, you'll have a dinner so tasty no one will even wonder what shortcuts you took along the way.
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NUMBER TO KNOW
1: According to the experts, you should reheat your leftovers no more than once. When you put your leftovers in the microwave or oven, it’s also important to make sure the food is heated thoroughly.
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EASY RECIPE: Apple-Raisin Breakfast Quinoa
1 cup quinoa, rinsed 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 cups low-fat or fat-free milk 1/2 cup water 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tart-sweet apple, chopped 1/2 cup raisins 1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1. Toast quinoa and cinnamon in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, about 2 minutes.
2. Add milk, water and brown sugar; bring to a simmer and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until liquid is absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Fold in chopped apple, raisins, and walnuts and let stand a few minutes, covered, to heat through. Serve with additional milk.
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Vanilla beans are native to which country?
A. Mexico B. Japan C. Brazil D. Australia
Answer at bottom of rail.
WORD TO THE WISE
bottarga: Often called the poor man's caviar, bottarga is the Italian word for a dense cured fish roe made from tuna, gray mullet or swordfish. To make bottarga, the roe pouch of the fish is massaged until its air pockets disappear. It is then dried and cured in sea salt, hardening into a dense tablet after a few weeks. The bottarga is then cut into logs and coated in beeswax, resembling a petrified sausage, a technique which has been traced back to the Phoenicians.
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FOOD QUIZ ANSWER
A. Vanilla beans are native to Mexico.
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