Healthy Eating Recipes
Since cooking is such a singularly personal endeavor, I always hesitate to share instructions on how to prepare my favorite dishes. Experience has taught me that cooks are a diverse group with regard to expertise, tastes, common sense and even frugality. The question is how do I tailor a recipe so that it is successful for everyone who tries it, taking into account all of the above-mentioned variations?
Healthy Eating Recipes - Do you know the basics?
There are so many techniques and bits of knowledge that are part of cooking and baking, that it is often difficult to know how much information to include in the instructions. In other words, how much basic cooking knowledge can we assume?
Take my measure
There is also the problem that I rarely measure ingredients, except when baking. Baking is a more exact science than mere cooking, because the proportions of say, yeast, salt, baking powder, etc., will have a tremendous effect on the quality of the finished baked goods. Time and temperature in the oven is also a critical part of the baking process, so you dare not tamper with these too much, if you want your baked goods to look and taste as the recipe promises.
As you like it
On the other hand, if you are cooking soup, or preparing a casserole, you may alter the amount of seasonings and other ingredients to taste, or even make a soup thicker or thinner according to your personal preference. You may also simmer the soup for a longer or shorter period without too much difficulty.
Of course, this is where common sense should intrude. You probably shouldn’t add 1/2 cup of cayenne pepper to any recipe, regardless of your culinary tastes. If the recipe calls for that amount, your common sense should tell you that it is a typo that should probably read 1/2 teaspoon! In addition, you will need to simmer your soup long enough for it to be cooked properly, but not so long that the ingredients turn to mush!
You might not think that frugality would affect a person’s ability to follow instructions. However, I have learned that a frugal cook will approach cooking in a way that would not occur to a more extravagant chef. If the instructions call for what a frugal person might consider “expensive” ingredients, that person may seriously change the the outcome by changing the amount or type of ingredients it includes. This could be disastrous to some taste buds.
Dive in at your own risk!
With the above-mentioned warnings in mind, I have included here for your enjoyment some of my favorite dishes. Most of these are completely my own, either developed from scratch or by altering other dishes that I have discovered over the years.
Please feel free to modify these healthy eating recipes and make them your own. Keep in mind, though, if you change the recipe too much, I cannot be held accountable for the results! Those of you who are frugal must grit your teeth and put in all the cheese, or nuts or asparagus, etc. that the instructions require--or accept the consequences!
Enjoy these healthy eating recipes!