Foods That Don’t Go Bad

Foods That Dont Go Bad

When you visit your local supermarket, the expiration dates of food you shop for are probably among the details you check out first. For any person who loves cooking, ensuring that every ingredient used is fresh is one of the top priorities.

Not only would fresh ingredients make your cooking taste better; knowing that your food has fresh ingredients would give you peace of mind that the food you cook would not result in anyone being sick.

No matter how hard we try to consume the food we purchase before they go bad, there are certain times that we inevitably forget about their expiration dates that we would not have any other choice left but resort to the regrettable task of throwing them away.

Well, I’ve got good news for all home cooks who dread throwing away precious food and ingredients – some of the regular food items we usually stock at home don’t go bad or don’t expire.
Salt is one of the food ingredients that don’t go bad – but it has to be stored properly so that it would be protected from moisture, humidity, as well as extreme heat or coldness. Once moisture comes in contact with salt, it could ruin your salt’s consistency. Not that it would pose health dangers once consumed, it simply would be hard to use for cooking.

Another staple ingredient you can find in almost any kitchen is sugar. Sugar, when properly stored, can last forever. As we all know, sugar has a tendency to turn rock hard; so make sure to store it in an airtight container to preserve its texture. Keep the sugar away from extremely high temperatures, too.

While powdered milk from grocery stores normally have best by dates, they don’t actually go bad. Keep the powdered milk in a cool and dry place and store it in an airtight container, too.
Natural honey can last for centuries when the jar remains sealed and far from any factors that can affect its texture. Honey will stay edible even after a long time but its appearance may change, its shade may change, or its natural smell may subside.

White vinegar is a condiment that does not expire. Actually, white vinegar is being used to preserve and extend the shelf life of some other foods. Keep your white vinegar in a sealed bottle in a cool and dry storage place.

Another condiment with no expiration is Worcestershire sauce. Distilled vinegar is one of the main ingredients in creating Worcestershire sauce so it is easy to understand why it does not expire. Its consistency may change over time, though.

Just like Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce could last a lifetime. Soy sauce’s main ingredient is salt, and since salt does not expire, soy sauce acquired the same property.

There are many foods that you don’t necessarily have to throw away. With a little research, you can even save some cash because you don’t have to buy new ingredients when you still have old ones perfectly usable at home.

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Healthy Smoothies

Healthy Smoothies

Smoothies have been gaining popularity (for both fitness buffs or not) for many years now. Being a healthier, more nutritious snack choice, it’s easy to understand why lots of people choose to have smoothies for snack.

Due to the nutrients you could possibly gain from drinking smoothies, some people actually have smoothies after working out in order to replenish the energy they have lost.

Aside from being a healthier and convenient choice for busy people, smoothies quickly gained popularity because of the easy way you can make them at home.

There are a whole lot of choices when it comes to smoothies. While the most common ingredient for a usual smoothie is fruit, there are smoothies made from leafy green veggies. Since a smoothie made from green vegetables does not exactly taste good, some add fruits, fruit juices, yogurt, and even milk. Other common ingredients include nuts and beans.

However, while we may be resorting to this yummy treat as a substitute for a meal, many nutritionists warn that some smoothies have loads of sugar and could actually have a bad effect on our health.

Dieticians advise that fruit juices may contain high levels of sugar which can make you fatter instead of fitter. As a matter of fact, a single serving of 150ml smoothie could contain sugar that’s the same as the sugar content of a small cola. Experts recommend a smoothie which has the perfect ratio of all the nutritious elements to achieve the goal of a ‘healthy smoothie’.

So, what are the components of a real ‘healthy smoothie’?

According to experts, a perfectly healthy smoothie should be made up of 50 per cent base, 25 per cent veggies, and 25 per cent fruits.

A healthy base for a smoothie could be almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water, spring water, raw milk, or freshly squeezed juice. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, make sure to keep the pulp since it is a good source of fibre.

No matter how healthy your smoothie is, remember that nothing beats a full, balanced meal. It is ideal to have a maximum of just one serving of smoothie a day.

Bear in mind that there can be no replacement for actual healthy meals; not even healthy smoothies. A single glass of a healthy smoothie could help your body receive the nutrients only vegetables and fruits can give. Additionally, don’t forget to eat much needed meat – they can give you the protein your body needs.

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Mexican Rice & Beans

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 30 Minutes Yield: 2-4 Servings

Ingredients

Rice Ingredients
1 cup rice
2 cups water
1 tablespoon oil
Pinch sea salt
Bean Ingredients
1-3 tablespoons oil
2 cups of onions, chopped
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
4 cocktail tomatoes, blended or 8 tablespoons
diced organic canned tomatoes, blended
1 jalapeno, cut length-wise and seeded (keep seeds for more spice)
1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed
1 bay leaf
1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
1 teaspoon oregano
1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
1⁄2 cup cilantro

Directions

Rice Method

1. Rinse the rice until water runs clear.
2. Warm the oil over medium-high heat.
3. Add the rice stirring frequently for approximately 2-3 minutes.
4. Add 2 cups of water. Stir and reduce the heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until all the water has absorbed.
5. Once all the water has absorbed, turn the heat off and fluff the cooked rice with a fork.
6. Remove from heat, cover and set-aside until ready to serve.

Bean Method
1. Warm oil in large pan over medium-high heat.
2. Add the onions and sauté until soft, then add minced garlic and jalapeno and saute until fragrant (be sure not to burn garlic) then add blended cocktail tomatoes.
3. Continue to stir until tomato texture begins to change consistency (5-10 minutes).
4. Add beans and combine well. Continue to cook for few minutes on medium-low to warm the beans.
5. Transfer to a serving dish and remove bay leaf and jalapeno if desired and mix fresh cilantro throughout.

Serving Tip:
Serve with fresh lime, sliced white onion and avocado slices. If you are feeling lazy and you can’t be bothered to make this dish yourself I have actually tried a decent high protein ready meal alternative from MuscleFood in the UK. Muscle Food freshly prepped meals are essentially healthy TV dinners that are excellent for hitting your macros for when you are on a diet but don’t have the time to cook yourself. You can get a discount code for Muscle Food to save a bit of money if you do want to try a Muscle Food high protein microwave meal.

Macros

Per Serving: 355 calories, 20g fat, 35g carbs, 12g protein

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Teriyaki Marinated Salmon Filets

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Prep Time: 3 Hours Cook Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 3 Hours, 10 Minutes Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients

2 salmon filets (preferably wild or organic)
Sesame seeds
Sliced green onions to garnish (optional)
Marinade (great for fish, beef, chicken & pork)
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled & grated
1⁄4 cup coconut aminos
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Mirin (Japanese cooking wine, or rice wine vinegar, or sherry)

Directions

1. Whisk all marinade ingredients together in a large bowl to combine evenly.
2. Add salmon filets and let sit for 30 minutes (on counter) or 3 hours to overnight in fridge.
3. When ready to cook, preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly oil. Set salmon filets on bake sheet with space in between them. Pat with a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds.
4. Transfer to oven and broil on top rack with oven door closed for about 10 minutes. If salmon is starting to get too much golden color and looking like it might start to burn, just move it down a level.
5. Salmon is cooked when it is opaque and flakes. Sprinkle with finely sliced green onions and enjoy!

Macros

Per Serving: 765 calories, 44g fat, 13g carbs, 79g protein

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Pecan Pear & Apple Bake

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 25 Minutes Total Time: 35 Minutes Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

3 pears, cubed
3 small apples, cubed
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1⁄4 cup pure maple syrup plus 2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons coconut flour, divided
1⁄8 teaspoon ground ginger
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1⁄4 cup pecan halves
1 tablespoon cashew meal or flour
1 tablespoon organic butter (or coconut oil)

Directions

1. Grease deep square ceramic cooking dish.
2. Preheat oven to 375F.
3. Toss pears, apples, cranberries, 1⁄4 cup maple syrup, 1 tablespoon coconut flour, ginger, cinnamon, fresh lemon juice and pecans together into the prepared cooking dish and mix well.
4. Top with a mixture of 1 tablespoon coconut flour and 1 tablespoon cashew flour, and organic butter.
5. Place in preheated oven and bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
6. Remove dish from oven and stir well. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup and continue to bake for an additional 5 minutes or until apples and pears are cooked to desired softness.
7. Spoon onto serving plates. Enjoy with ice cream or dairy free alternative.

Macros

Per Serving: 309 calories, 10g fat, 58.5g carbs, 2g protein

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Power Cookies

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 12 Minutes Total Time: 17 Minutes Yield: 13 Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
1⁄4 cup dark chocolate chips or raisins
1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg, room temperature
1 tablespoon mashed banana
1 tablespoon coconut flour
2 tablespoons organic butter (or coconut oil)
4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds
2 dried apricots, chopped
Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. In a large sized mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well (excluding the chocolate chips).
3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients and mix well.
4. Carefully pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine well.
5. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop or tablespoon, place small balls of batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
6. Place the raw sunflower seeds and chopped apricots on the top of each cookie.
7. Place the cookie sheet into the preheated oven and cook uncovered for 12 minutes or until done.
8. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
9. Cool completely before enjoying.

Macros

Per Cookie: 106 calories, 4.5g fat, 13.5g carbs, 2.5g protein

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