Mexican Baked Tilapia from Chowhound

Magically Steamed Baby Carrots

To make super easy steamed baby carrots, simply add a small bag of baby-cut carrots to a rice cooker while you are making the rest of your dinner.  Follow the directions on your steamer.  Here’s the one I use.

Result: Beautifully steamed baby carrots with 30 seconds of effort!

P.S. I recommend setting the timer for 5 minutes less than the instructions, otherwise they come out a tad overdone.

Sauteed Tofu and Greens

Sautéed Tofu and Greens

I made this Martha Stewart recipe last night and attempted to adjust it to make it faster to prepare. I think I mostly succeeded, but it still took almost an hour. The first time you make a new recipe, especially if you are deliberately revising it to suit your own purposes, always takes longer than it should. Anyway, here’s what I did: Continue reading “Sautéed Tofu and Greens”

Avocado - Removing Pit 2

The Art of Dicing an Avocado

Years ago I learned (from somewhere — maybe my Mom, maybe a YouTube video, it hardly matters) the absolute best way to dice an avocado in beautiful, delicious, creamy, uniform cubes. Follow my pictorial below and you’ll be transforming avocados into gorgeous green gourmet goodness in no-time flat.

1) With a medium-sized very sharp knife (I always have very sharp knives, I sharpen them every single time I use them) slice the avocado all the way around lengthwise, cutting the flesh all the way to the pit. Twist the two halves apart.

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5 Common Gluten Free Thickeners

Here’s a great article highlighting 5 common gluten free thickeners for sauces, gravies, soups, pies, and other recipes usually thickened with flour.

If you’re gluten-free (or gluten-aware) definitely check this out!  It’s an easy way to thicken your soup or stew without using flour or other wheat based thickener.