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3 January, 2015

Tips for a healthy new year!

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It is January so many of us are refocusing our health and nutrition goals. We want you to meet them so over the month we will be sharing our tips on cooking and eating healthy.

My first tip is having a well stocked pantry and freezer. This is my very messy but very full pantry. I have lots of seasonings, beans, pasta, rice, dried and canned fruit, potatoes, onions and garlic, nuts and seeds and lots more. I like to keep ingredients on hand so that when I make a meal during the week I don’t have to shop for all my ingredients. In my freezer I also keep things for a quick weeknight meal like frozen fish, frozen chicken sausages, vegetables my family likes and leftovers from cooking a double batch of something on a weekend that was not too crazy. To keep costs down I buy dried goods and frozen foods when they are on sale instead of when I plan to make something. It’s much easier to cook on Wednesday night when you don’t have to fun the store first!


2 thoughts on : Tips for a healthy new year!

  • Debbie Nevers
    January 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Sounds good. I never keep too much in my freezer. Will have to start that. Also, have never cooked dried beans. And….I need to restock my spices. How long do spices and beans last?

    • WTG
      January 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Dried beans will last a long time but if they are too old they may never get tender enough. If you have beans that have been in your pantry for over a few years I would cook them up. If you are not going to use them right away put them in the freezer they will hold another 6 months to a year really well frozen. I started writing up some tips for cooking beans so I’ll post that as soon as I am done but this video from Martha Stewart is a great start http://www.pbs.org/food/features/martha-stewarts-cooking-school-legumes-episode/.
      I believe spices should be refreshed every year but personally I know I am bad at that one. I have recently started purchasing spices from some local stores but the quantity is bigger so I have been splitting them up and giving them to friends so I do not waste too much of them.

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