I love both regular french fries and sweet potato fries, so I created this recipe for healthier french fries to make both at the same time without deep frying.
I used my Breville Oven which has an air fryer, but if you don’t have an air fryer you can use a roasting pan with a wire rack in it. Convection heat is best because it gives the fries more even crispness.
The trick is to start at a lower heat to cook the potatoes, then end on a higher heat to crisp up the outside. Continue reading “Healthier French Fries”
This recipe on how to parboil brown rice is very useful for when you want to substitute brown rice for white rice in a one pot meal. Parboiled brown rice cooks in the same amount of time as regular long grain white rice.
Parboil Brown Rice Cooking Instructions
- Combine in a 2 quart saucepan – 1 cup brown rice and 2 cups water
- Stir lightly, bring to a rolling boil and reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and drain. If using within 2 hours you can leave it on the counter, otherwise refrigerate or freeze for later use.
Use in place of “long grain white rice” in any one-pot recipe.
This is the easiest way (IMO) to sauté kale so it’s not completely boring. Since kale can be somewhat bitter we add sweet veggies like carrots and onions to balance the flavors. Feel free to swap the carrots with parsnips, yellow or red bell peppers, or even red cabbage if you like.
Serves: 2 people with a bit left over
Hand on time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
- 2 tsp olive or coconut oil
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 medium to large carrot
- 1/4 C chopped onion (optional)
- salt and pepper
Serves: 3-4 people
Hands-on time: 15-20 min
Total time: 30 min
This recipe for “dirty” quinoa is adapted from the dirty rice I used to make all the time when I was single and cooking was a low priority. I also used to chop up hotdogs and throw them in to make a meal, but um I don’t do that anymore. Now it’s just clean, whole, unprocessed food for me. I sure wish they made a natural hotdog flavor I could add to a dish to get my hotdog fix. Anyway, enough about hot dogs, let’s make some dirty quinoa!
Dessert! Who doesn’t crave something sweet after a meal? If you said “me” you’re lying (or deluded). Even if you truly don’t crave sweets, you’re missing out on one of the best things life has to offer.
The best, healthiest dessert is a simple pile of whole fruit, whatever’s in season. In the middle of the winter, pears are perfect because they are still widely available and didn’t have to fly from Peru to North America (very bad for the environment).
- Cut a ripe pear into eight wedges
- Cut out the seeds and stem.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon, then sprinkle with some more cinnamon.
The. Best. Ever.