Fifty years ago people spent 40 hours per week in the kitchen, now they are spending less than 4! These days there seems to be less time and more activities so if you find a short cut that works for you, take it! There is no stress in the kitchen if you stick with my recipes and you will see how putting a healthy meal on the table is easy and delicious! If you are new to the kitchen and feel intimidated let KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence be your guide to deliver figure-friendly, family pleasing meals. Here are nine tips to help you keep your kitchen stress free and stick with healthier eating habits. Below you will find this fantastic Beef Brisket recipe with only four ingredients from my Kitchen 101 book that basically cooks itself!
1. Have over-ripe bananas? Don’t toss but instead freeze to pull out and make banana bread at any time. Freeze with or without peeling in plastic freezer tip-top bags. Try this Banana Chocolate Chip Bread for leftover bananas.
2. Don’t have bare shelves…think of a well-stocked pantry as a permanent shopping list. It is much easier to cook a home cooked healthy meal when you keep great basics stocked in your pantry – whole grain pastas, canned low sodium veggies, olive oil, spices….
3. When using a slow cooker, don’t leave the top of. Did you know you can lose up to 20 degrees of cooking heat in as little as 2 minutes. A quick peek, may only change the temperature 1-2 degrees. The brisket recipe below is a great slow cooker choice as is my Sesame Honey Chicken.
4. Know your substitutions…need sour cream? Use Greek yogurt instead. For buttermilk—1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
5. Use correct freezing instructions – always use proper containers and zip-lock freezer plastic bags to keep your dish fresh and free from freezer burn. Don’t fill to the top as food will expand when freezing.
6. Don’t cook everything on high. Almost everything you ever cook will cook more evenly and thoroughly on low or medium. You only need high to sear or brown, or if you’re trying to bring something to a boil.
Beef Brisket from KITCHEN 101
Serves 16-20 (4-5 ounce servings)
1 (5-6 pound) brisket
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 cup water
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 cup ketchup
1. Season brisket heavily with garlic powder. In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour over brisket in baking pan or roaster. Cook, covered, 4 hours or until tender.
Terrific Tidbit: Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef. To make brisket sliders, fill sweet rolls with brisket and add Brie and red onion.
Calories 302 kcal
Calories from Fat 35%
Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 105 mg
Sodium 357 mg
Carbohydrates 14 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Total Sugars 13 g
Protein 34 g
Dietary Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 4 lean meat
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