So far I learn that healthy vegtables only last one week! And that I need to learn how to flavor chicken and fish? And It hard to figure out which is whole grain! Anyway what advice would you give me? #QueenAppleGrowingup hahah!
Most Helpful Guy
There are ways to extend the life of fresh vegetables such as carrots, and onions, but leafy greens are normally much harder because their high water content turns them to mush when canned or frozen, and they wilt in just a few days otherwise. Nutritionally broccoli is about the same as most leafy greens, so a lot of people consider it a leafy green, and it can be frozen until you need it.
Asparagus can be frozen or canned, and commonly won't have the salt canned food has added to it. Frozen will be a lot more close to fresh in terms of taste and texture than most canned foods. Although canned is often much easier to cook only needing to be reheated and having some stuff added for flavor such as butter and pepper or whatever you prefer on it.
You could grow fresh herbs. They are cheap to buy living plants, and pretty hard to kill. You can even raise them indoors. Herbs flavor food and people forget, but they are vegetables. Dried herbs are also great, but they obviously don't grow back like a live plant does.
Cabbage is suppose to last a while without needing to be frozen. Some sites claim it can last anywhere from four weeks, to two months. I have been thinking about trying some new cabbage recipes for that same reason. Beyond that I would say you would need to research how to store each type of vegetable you enjoy eating and go from there. Buy most leafy greens only when you are planning on using them soon.
When it comes to seasoning, I would advice that you keep it simple and don't add a bunch of different spices. The more you add, the more you risk creating a food someone won't like. I would also advise grinding your own pepper. Apparently pepper loses most of its flavor within the first few hours of being ground, so pre-ground pepper just can't compete with freshly ground pepper.
I don't cook a lot of fish. For roasted chicken I like to add salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme. I also like to add a little white wine to the bottom of the pan. It is a really simple and easy way to cook chicken.
You can also get pre mixed spices and use them for most of your cooking. Such as Italian seasoning, which is simply a blend of several different herbs taking the guess work out of cooking.1
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Most Helpful Girl
Well my advice to you is to go the frozen route if you don't want to have to keep buying a bunch of veggies every week. A big bag of frozen veggies goes a long way. I put them in stir frys, with rice, or as a side with a meal. Plus they last a long time!
I buy the frozen, chopped spinach to put in home-made dips, soups and pasta. It's very inexpensive and all you have to do is microwave it to defrost it and then pat it down with a paper towel. It adds some veggies to your meal. You can also use it in smoothies.
Frozen fruit is another great thing. I make a breakfast smoothie everyday to add extra fruit in my diet. I put in kefir milk, some orange juice, frozen fruit and chia seeds. But you can put veggies and fresh fruit in if you'd like. The combinations are endless, and I usually make 3 at a time so I don't have to do it everyday.
For flavoring chicken, you can use marinades to get some flavour. It's really easy, just take a ziploc bag, put the chicken in it and add the marinade. There are plenty of recipes online for marinades, you can even just have it sit in chicken broth with some veggies overnight to soak in the flavour. I sometimes use a healthy salad dressing to marinade the chicken in too.
Healthy spices also work as well. Even just sprinkling some on when you are cooking it.
For fish, you can sprinkle seasoning on. I like to use the MRs. Dash spices as they have no salt. I also love to use lemon and ranch dressing on my fish. Mainly I do this with salmon. I take the salmon filet, coat it in lemon, then put the ranch dressing on it and wrap it in tin foil, I might add some spices on top. But usually I just wrap it up and cook it in the oven. Most fish you can do this with.
Another tip is making extra to freeze for later. Freezer meals are a great way to eat healthy and save some money. If you make a stir fry, you can easily freeze leftovers to have later.
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