How do I hard boil an egg? What do I do with a beet? Is there an easy way to cook all of these squashes? Perhaps all this all sounds a little too familiar. As the great Julia Child once said, “no one is born a great cook.” If anyone was in a place to give advice on the subject she was certainly the authority.
It is a process that is learned. In my cooking career, I know that I have mastered a handful of simples dishes, and often recreate them with great frequency. Scott and I enjoy the same “recipes” most nights for dinner. If you want to call them recipes. Once in a while we get fancy, and will follow something more involved. Those are usually reserved for a date night at home or if we are feeling adventurous. However, I do feel a little silly when I realize I do not know how to make some of the true cooking basics.
I have a board of recipes on Pinterest that I have personally developed for the blog. I have another one dedicated to delicious dishes I see around the web. The latter grows signifigantly every day! However, there are basics where I often have to turn to the almighty google, and seek out the search bar. These are more like simple cooking hacks. I figured having them in one location might come to your rescue the next time you would really like a hard boiled egg for your salad.
Basic Cooking Hacks
Hard Boiled Eggs
The Goods: I actually used to skip out on this one because it seemed like it was really complicated. It is not! If anything it is one of the simplest things you can whip up in the kitchen! I like to have them on hand for snacks.
The Hack: Rinse your eggs and place them in a pot of water. The water should just be enough to cover the eggs. Place the pot on stove and bring the water to a rolling boil by turning the heat to high. Once the water has reached this boiling point turn off the burner. Allow the eggs to sit in the pot of water on the stove as it cools.
I make about 5-6 at a time and store them in glassware in the refridgerator. Nice and simple right?
I bought pre-packaged beets at Trader Joe’s forever. Then I stopped going to Trader Joe’s quite so much. I still wanted those beets! So I bought them loose at the grocery store. They are usually in a bin in the produce section. I can advise you they are cheaper this way as well.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Wash your beets with produce cleansing spray and a scrub brush. These are root vegetables and are usually covered in dirt. They need to be cleaned up a little bit before they are consumed. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Take each beet individually, and coat it in coconut oil and then wrap it in another piece of the foil. Place them all on the cookie sheet and allow them to cook for at least an hour in the oven. The bigger the beet the longer it will take to cook completely.
Allow them to cook and then peel off the skin and chop them up. Make sure to wash your hands right away as the right ones stain something fierce.
Sweet Potato Fries:
No need to go organic here and you can buy them by the bag or loose at the store. The more the better! Scott and I like sweet potatoes quite a bit.
These are in fry formation, but of course they are really baked. Not fried. Sorry for the confusion, folks. However, this is really a basic and simple way to cook sweet potatoes. If you cook them individually it can take over an hour. This 60 minutes can feel like an eternity when hunger is calling.
Preheat the oven to 425. Scrub the potatoes individually to get them clean and then chop them up. I like to place them in a bowl and coat them with coconut oil, cinnamon and a bit of salt. Then I line them up on a rack over a cookie sheet.
Since they are indivudally separated they cook faster and more evenly. The spices and coconut oil are my personal preference. You could just line them up, and into the oven they go.
I set my timer for 30-35 minutes and done.
I stayed away from this one for a long time. A quick stir fry on the stove seemed somewhat easier. It is not! Plus you can cook more of the roasted veggies in the oven at the same time and not have to monitor them.
Any vegetable of your choice.
Preheat the oven to 375. Place the veggies on a cookie sheet and dust the seasoning of your choice on top. Allow them to roast for 30 minutes and turn them over to cook evenly at around the half way mark on the clock.
I realize it is summer, and we do want to avoid tons of cooking with the oven. My advice is to try to time these out so you can do them back to back to avoid heating up your kitchen too much. Or if you are in a “to heck with hot food phase” then it would be best saved a resource for later.
So there you have it! Basic Cooking Hacks, right? Simple is best in my book. I love easy things that I can make on the fly.
If you found this info helpful, I wrote a post a few months back with my best Meal Prep Tips which you can link to here.
Have a fabulous weekend, and I will catch up with you kids on Monday!
Question of the Day:
- What are your basic cooking hacks?
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