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The Secret to Peeling Peaches and 7 Other Tricky Foods (Slideshow)

The Secret to Peeling Peaches and 7 Other Tricky Foods (Slideshow)


With a little know-how and a few quick tips you can learn to peel many of those tricky foods

Mango

Mangos have a large pit in the middle, which can make peeling difficult. First, place the knife about ¼-inch from the widest center line and cut down through the mango. Do the same to the other side. The ovals, or cheeks, of the mango are the flesh of the mango. Next, use a paring knife to cut vertical and horizontal lines in the flesh of the ovals, without cutting through the skin. Next, you can push out on the flesh and scoop out the diced mango.

Tomatoes

For quick tomato sauces, you can easily peel the skin off of tomatoes. First, bring a large pot of water to boil. Use a small pairing knife to mark an “X” shape in the top, root end, of each tomato. Submerge the tomato into the boiling water for one minute. Immediately immerse in a bowl filled with ice water and allow to cool. Using a pairing knife, gently peel back the skin from the “X” mark.

Ginger

To peel ginger, you can use a traditional peeler, or even a spoon. First cut off the portion that you want to peel, and using a spoon, gently scrape the skin right off. Additionally, you can use a cheese grater to grate the peeled ginger. This will get rid of the fibrous strands and leave you with the pure ginger.

Kiwi

It’s tricky to peel kiwis. If you use a knife, sometimes it can squash the fruit, leaving you will a big juicy mess. Instead use a knife to cut off the top and bottom. Slide a spoon in-between the flesh and the skin, making sure that the curve is inward. Slide the spoon around the kiwi and remove the skin. Then, you can use a knife to cut the kiwi into portions.

Roasted Red Bell Peppers

After you have blistered the skin in the oven or over an open flame, immediately put the hot pepper into a heat-proof bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let the pepper cool, then remove from the bowl, and the skin should come right off with your hand or a clean paper towel.

Garlic

The easiest way to peel garlic is to take a large chef’s knife and on a cutting board, press the flat side of the blade against a single garlic clove. The skin should peel right off and you can easily mice or slice.

Peaches

To easily peel peaches for a summer fruit pie, bring a large pot of water to boil. Use a small paring knife to mark an “X” shape in the top, root end, of each peach. Submerge the peach into the boiling water for one minute. Using a paring knife, gently peel back the skin from the “X” mark.

Pineapple

First cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple, so you have a flat surface on the bottom. Next, you can run your knife down the sides of the pineapple and cut off the skin, and remove all the brown bits as well. Be sure to remove the core of the pineapple that runs down the center of the whole fruit before serving.


5 Tricky Fruits and How to Eat Them

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, media personality and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine and more. augustmclaughlin.com

Have you been eating your daily recommended two cups of fruit? If you're like most adults, probably not. This shortfall could be robbing you of significant health benefits, such as improved weight control and a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. Eating a broad range of fruits, in addition to the usual bananas, apples and oranges, can help keep healthy eating interesting. On the next few slides, you'll find a few tricks to help turn seemingly tricky-to-prepare fruits into convenient, more appealing options. Plus, buying the whole fruits rather than pre-cut fruit will save you some money!

Have you been eating your daily recommended two cups of fruit? If you're like most adults, probably not. This shortfall could be robbing you of significant health benefits, such as improved weight control and a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. Eating a broad range of fruits, in addition to the usual bananas, apples and oranges, can help keep healthy eating interesting. On the next few slides, you'll find a few tricks to help turn seemingly tricky-to-prepare fruits into convenient, more appealing options. Plus, buying the whole fruits rather than pre-cut fruit will save you some money!


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A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

&ldquoWe had eaten very good cold chicken at noon but this was still famous chicken country so we had poularde de Bresse and a bottle of Montagny, a light, pleasant white wine of the neighborhood.&rdquo

The entire book is a celebration of the art of eating, and nearly every page is rife with dinner ideas. One memorable trip in Hemingway&rsquos A Moveable Feast includes meals of roast chicken, a dish that demands mastery.


Thai Takeout

Thai food is spicy and delicious, but it can raise your cholesterol if you don't choose carefully. The secret ingredient? Coconut milk. It makes curries smooth, and it's high in saturated fat. Scan the menu instead for stir fries or noodle dishes, and ask to have your dinner steamed or made with vegetable oil. Choose chicken rather than beef, throw in some extra veggies, and enjoy your takeout guilt-free.


First Trimester Meal ideas:

Start the day off right with these easy to make, super healthy breakfasts. Whether you prefer a sweet treat, something savoury, something vegan or something protein-packed – you’ll find a first trimester meal idea to suit you here.

Clean-eating Choc Chip banana Pancakes

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins

The first of our first trimester meal ideas is a delicious one. Pancakes are a classic breakfast time indulgence, but making a few simple adjustments to the recipe can make them totally guilt-free! Typically banana pancake recipes include 2 ripe bananas, 4 eggs, 1/2 a cup of coconut flour, 1 cup of milk, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1tbs of your chosen healthy sweetener (we love honey) and a pinch of cinnamon. Have a weakness for chocolate? Add cacao nibs – they’re like little healthy choc chips!

Tofu Breakfast Scramble

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins

This is a classic vegan breakfast, and a wholly nutritious dish to enjoy during your first trimester. A tofu scramble is essentially the vegan version of a scrambled egg and its absolutely delicious served over toast! A tasty version of the dish uses 8 ounces of extra-firm tofu, and adds thinly sliced red onion, slices of red pepper and 2 cups of kale fried up in just 1 tbsp of olive oil. Throwing in extra veggies is a great way to get your essential vitamins and minerals. Why not add a little Marmite to your toast too? You may love it or hate it, but it’s high in B3 which could help prevent miscarriages or birth defects!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Burrito

Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 10 mins

Get your sweet potato fix with this easy recipe, ideal for a lazy weekend. Dice up some sweet potatoes, along with an onion, pepper and some spinach. Saute with some chile powder until the potatoes are soft and the onion translucent. Add in 2 large eggs and scramble. Dish the mixture into tortillas and sprinkle with your favourite cheese – you’re good to go!

Raspberry Yoghurt Parfait

Prep time: 2 mins
Cook time: 0 mins

We had to add this into our first trimester meal ideas as its always a crowd-pleaser, and the quickest breakfast to throw together in a morning. All you need? Your favourite yoghurt (we love Greek yoghurt for this), your favourite granola or muesli, fresh raspberries (or any fruit at all!). Even better, make your own berry puree by blending up some frozen berries and place it at the bottom of your yoghurt! Treat it like an ice cream sundae and get creative with the toppings. Go healthy with nutrient-rich pumpkin seeds, or add a chocolatey twist with cacao nibs.


16 of the Best-Ever Beet Recipes

There are many delicious methods for preparing beets, from roasting to pickling to eating them raw, steamed, or sauteed. And thanks to their sweet-but-earthy flavor, the root veggie pairs well with plenty of foods and seasons: they taste (and look) just as perfect sliced and served on top of a spring salad as they slow-roasted next to pork tenderloin with potatoes.

Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite easy-to-make beet recipes that you can serve at breakfast, lunch, dinner, even dessert (FYI, beets are delicious baked into muffins with tahini. If you didn't know, now you know).


Cut Off Scored Mango Pieces

Using a sharp knife, run the blade against the inside of the peel to cut off each piece of scored mango. Do this either over a cutting board or bowl.

Eat the mango as is, use it in a fruit salad, or spoon it on top of yogurt or ice cream. Or turn the mango into mango lassis, a fruity version of a mint lassi. Just whirl chopped mango in a blender with yogurt and a bit of lime juice. Add ice for a slushy effect.

You can also use your diced mango in a mango passionfruit tart, mango cake, or ice cream. But this fruit is not only for sweet dishes and desserts mango can add delicious flavor and wonderful texture to savory recipes, particularly those with Thai origin.


12 Snack Mistakes That Are Costing You Money

It's not just buying things you don't like and throwing them away.

If you&aposre a big snacker, you are likely one to browse the aisles at the grocery store for the latest snack finds regularly. Or if you use snacking as a way to be creative with ingredients and try new foods, you&aposre probably putting together fun recipes at home every few days when supplies run low.

Indeed, one of the best ways to really utilize your snacks is by meal prepping you&aposre making the most of your purchases at the store and avoiding any wasted leftovers or blown bucks. You can also customize your snacks to whatever feels right to your cravings in the moment.

However, when so many tasty snacks look oh-so-tempting, it can be easy to lose sight of your wallet and spending habits. It&aposs also difficult to concentrate on the likelihood that you&aposre really going to eat those snacks in time before they spoil. We get it. Our snack appetites have been too big for our snack habits many times.

Unfortunately, those shopping habits and enthusiastic appetites have a downside besides wasted food. They can cost you money. Here, we share a few common mistakes you might be making when you&aposre shopping or making snacks, as well as how to fix them so you can be more pennywise with your snack money.

1. You buy single-serve snacks instead of bulk

You might assume bulk buying is always the cheaper option. Sometimes that is the case, and sometimes it isn&apost. If, for example, you like to snacks on nuts or add them to trail mixes, you&aposre totally losing money by avoiding the bulk section.

"Single packages of nuts cost far more per serving than purchasing them in bulk," says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, and author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club. "Make your own portion-controlled servings by dividing them into snack-sized zipper bags and keep extras in the freezer to extend the shelf life," she says.

2. You buy veggies but don't prep them right away

If you buy vegetables with the intention of eating them for a snack, don&apost put them away whole and unprepared. This will backfire because when it&aposs snack time, you reach for the quickest snack you can find — and the veggies end up going bad in the refrigerator because you don&apost have time or energy to wash and peel them, wasting the money you spent on them.

"When you get home from the store, immediately cut up the vegetables, put them in an air-tight container, and place them on the top shelf of your fridge," says Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT. They&aposll be the first thing you see and can grab when you want a snack, which is healthier for you and better for your wallet.

3. You get a bag that has lots of mini snack bag servings

Don&apost fall for this mistake — or this waste of extra packaging. "You end up paying a premium for the manufacturer to pre-pack your snacks, and you typically get significantly less of the snack food than if you buy a bigger bag without individual bags in it," says Lakatos. Instead, buy the bigger snack food bag and pre-portion it yourself. Use reusable silicone bags to avoid waste, too.

4. You go shopping while you're hungry

If grocery shopping has only one commandment, let it be this: Never go grocery shopping when you are hungry.

"This causes you to buy items you may never eat, since everything looks good when your stomach is grumbling," Lakatos says. If you&aposre hungry, eat a snack before heading to the store. Even just a handful of nuts or a quick snack bar will quiet your hunger and quell your impulse buying.

5. You buy snacks you can't resist finishing ASAP

You know your taste buds and proclivities. If you buy snacks that will tempt you to eat every crumb in one sitting, stop doing it. "You end up not only having to buy additional snacks because you know you&aposll go through them quickly but also expanding your waistline," Lakatos says.

6. You only buy brand-name snacks

You don&apost need to ditch all of them, but if you&aposre going for only brand-name snacks, you are paying a pretty penny for the known label. The fix? "Look for store-brand or no-name snacks that often are just as tasty and nutritious as the name brand," Lakatos says.

And here&aposs a secret: Many brand-name companies actually make the store-brand options for everything from cereal to snack bars. There may be minor differences, but they&aposre rarely significant enough to change the food too much.

7. You're noshing standing up or in the kitchen

If you snack as you stand in front of the pantry, deciding what you want to eat, you&aposll eat a lot of extra snacks you didn&apost intend to which can get pricey, Lakatos explains. Look through your kitchen and decide what you want to snack on, pre-portion it, and eat that portion seated at the table.

8. You're buying out of season

"Buying a snack, like a small package of out-of-season berries in the winter, will cost you as much as $3 to $4 more than in the summer," Lakatos says. Buy in season produce or use frozen fruits and veggies to save money. They are just as (if not more) nutritious when frozen.

9. You shop without a game plan

If you don&apost walk into the store with a list or clear understanding of what you need, you may end up buying a large array of snacks (and other foods, too) you might never eat. "Make a list of a few snacks you know you&aposll want so you don&apost waste money on the foods you won&apost eat," Lakatos says.

Or, consider using a grocery delivery or pick-up service. Shopping from an app or website can help you avoid temptation and streamline your purchases.

10. You shop just one store

If you shop for all of your snacks at the grocery store, where snack items have high mark-up prices, you are wasting money hand over fist. "Shop at wholesale retailers like Costco, BJs, or Sam&aposs Club where everything from fresh produce to hummus and pretzels can be found at a discount," Lakatos says.

11. You always buy pre-cut fruit and veggies

Unless it&aposs a tricky fruit, like pineapple or mango, there&aposs no reason to buy pre-cut, says Beth Stark, RDN, LDN, a Pennsylvania-based nutrition communications consultant and recipe developer. "If you can spare a few minutes to wash, seed/peel and cut fresh, whole fruit you&aposll be doing yourself — and your wallet — a favor," she says. "Conveniently packaged, ready-to-eat fruit can cost up to three times as much as the whole fruit itself."

12. You buy pre-packaged trail mix

These can get pricy, for a small serving. "Making your own trail mix takes almost zero effort, saves money, and allows you to customize the ingredients to your own flavor and nutrition preferences," says Stark.

Try this super-simple formula to make a satisfying, nutritious and energizing trail mix for less:

"Whole-grain cereal (Wheat Chex, Cheerios or Quaker Oatmeal Squares), no-sugar-added dried fruit (raisins, dates, apricots or prunes), lightly salted or raw nuts (almonds, shelled pistachios or pecans), lightly salted or raw seeds (sunflower seeds or pepitas), optional dark chocolate chips, candies, etc," Stark says. Place in a sealable bag or container and eat within a week for maximum freshness.


Velveeta

Velveeta makes delicious cheese dip, but how long is it good for? Unopened, Velveeta lasts a solid six months from its packaging date. Usually, you can roll with the "best-buy" date, but since it's filled with preservatives, it'll last a good while past what the package claims. After you open it, you don't have to throw it in the fridge, either.

We hate to break it to you, but you're not dealing with real cheese. Velveeta is a "cheese product," so it doesn't have to be in the fridge. It's recommended, but you don't have to. Once it's opened, you have a whopping eight weeks to use it. If you put other stuff in it, however, consider refrigerating it.