Let’s Celebrate National Cooking Day

And the Cozy Connection of a Home-Cooked Meal

Are you ready to cook?

spinach leavesWe hope so because September 25th is National Cooking Day, a day to honor the comforting nourishment of a delicious home-cooked meal.

In our hurried lives, it is often easy to eat out, take out, heat up a frozen dinner, or just grab the quickest option in the refrigerator.

National Cooking Day is the ideal time to slow down and relish the process of preparing your own meal and enjoying it with friends and family.

It is also the perfect moment to experiment with new recipes or revisit old favorites.

A home-cooked meal will almost always be a healthier meal—particularly if you make it with whole plant ingredients!

We will be sharing an absolutely delicious recipe shortly, but first, let’s talk a little about cooking and share some fun cooking tips.

What Is Cooking Exactly?

Cooking is generally defined as ‘the art, technology, science and craft of preparing food for consumption.’

While the origin of cooking is somewhat obscure, the archaeological evidence demonstrates that preparing food with heat or fire has been around for at least 1 million years.

An incredible invention, cooking makes food more digestible and also kills off any bacteria that can be harmful or cause food poisoning.

What is the most interesting is its universality.

Cooking is really everywhere. In fact, it is one thing that ties humans together across the planet.

All cultures—from the hunter-gatherers of sub-Saharan Africa to the Arctic’s Inuit—are nourished by food that has been transformed by heat.

The main methods of cooking are roasting, boiling, broiling, frying, stewing and baking.

Water is used to boil, poach, steam, and even sauté.  Heated air is used when baking, broiling and roasting.  Air frying is a new method of cooking where hot air circulates around the food at high speed and cooks the food while producing a crispy layer.

Whatever cooking method you choose, one thing is for sure – no oil is necessary!

Fun Cooking Tips for Your Kitchen

sliced red onionHere are 9 fun cooking tips you might want to try today!

  • Chill Onions Before Chopping: By raising the temperature, the onions will give off less of the chemical irritant that makes you cry!
  • Add Baking Soda to Tomato Sauce: Many add sugar to tomato sauce to neutralize the acidity but adding baking soda is a more healthful alternative.
  • Let Steam Help Make Crusty Bread: When baking bread, place a pan filled with about 1/4-inch of water at the bottom of your oven. This will create steam, which will help form a beautiful crusty layer when it interacts with the starch on the bread’s surface.
  • Dry (or Press) Your Tofu: Pressed tofu has a nicer consistency and will absorb flavors better. To press the tofu, place it between layers of paper towels (or a clean kitchen cloth), place a cutting board over it and place a weight onto the board.   Let the tofu sit for at least 30-45 minutes.
  • Use Lemons: Cover foods like apple or avocado with lemon juice and then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep the fruit from browning for about one day.
  • Peel Ginger With a Spoon and Fork: Ginger is a fresh way to add a bit of flavor to almost any dish. Its irregular shape, which is filled with nooks and crannies, makes it difficult to peel. To solve that, first, remove the skin by scraping it with a spoon, then scratch a fork across the ginger to grate it.
  • Slice Potatoes With Your Apple Cutter: If you are tired of slicing potatoes, use your apple cutter to get perfectly even slices every time.
  • Dr. Rosane Oliveira and Creamy Spinach and Artichoke SoupKeep Your Salad Fresh With an Upside Down Trick: To keep your salad fresh, cover the bowl with a damp paper towel and a piece of plastic wrap (or a plate). Store the bowl upside down in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve, then invert the bowl and add oil-free dressing to enjoy some really crispy greens!
  • Slice Strawberries With an Egg Slicer: An egg slicer is a much faster way to cut strawberries (or even avocado), and they will look beautiful too.

The best way to celebrate National Cooking Day is to COOK!

Try our Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Soup that will have your family clamoring for more.

Have fun, and remember that a delicious, healthful home-cooked meal is good every day of the year!