Shred Chicken Easily

Two ways: stand mixer or two forks

The quickest and most efficient way to shred chicken is in a stand mixer, such as a Kitchen Aid.  First, bake chicken or poach/simmer in a pot for about 20-25 minutes, then while hot, add to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.  Turn on and let the machine do the work for you!  (Cook chicken until internal temperature 165 F.)  You will have beautiful shredded chicken you can use for many meals – like in my post Batch Cook Proteins For More Meals

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Variety of Flours

There are so many different types of flour, all with specific names.  What is the difference?  The most common type is all purpose flour (unbleached and bleached) you can use universally.  Great for baking, thickening sauces or soups, breakfast foods, making pastas and homemade bread, etc.  I set out to find out all the differences on flour – specifically wheat flour – no gluten free and nut flours (I’ll save that for a different post)!

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Swap Proteins to Try Healthier Dishes

Many different types of proteins can be substituted whether it be for health, flavor, or availability.  Trying new proteins, especially lean proteins can decrease your intake of fats and salt while still achieving great flavors.  Explore new options and recipes; I know I’m always researching how I can change a recipe or create a new one with ingredients I have!  Many recipes you can easily change the main protein while still using the same seasonings and marinades.  Also, changing the form of cooking such as using the grill, smoker, oven, stovetop, or braising pot can alter the flavors and textures.

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Portion seasoned meats into individual bags

This falls into the category of make-ahead meals, which has many options!  Prep and marinate fresh meats like chicken or beef, then place into ziploc sandwich bags, gallon bags, or storage containers.  

For example, I like to add my marinade to chicken, place into sandwich bags, let marinate all day or overnight in the refrigerator, then if I’m not going to use it all, I’ll place the extra bags in the freezer.  Flatten the meat and stack them (as much as possible) so you can utilize the best freezer space.

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Freeze cooking stock and broth

Do you ever have leftover stock or broth in the back of your fridge?  Don’t know what to do with it?  Now you can freeze it!  Place into ice cube trays, muffin tins (preferably silicone), or even small zip lock bags.  The silicone makes ingredients come out much easier.  Label the bags or trays so you know which kind of broth(s) there is.  Once the broth or stock is frozen, pop them out of the trays or tins and keep in a gallon bag.   

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National Grapefruit Month

Happy Grapefruits!  Loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber which makes for a great breakfast.  Comes in a variety of colors – red, white, and pink.  This fruit grows mainly in Florida.  Plus they smell amazing!  Cut in half and smell the fruity aroma.  Then sprinkle with a little bit of sugar and broil in the oven for a couple minutes.  Watch as the fruit gets bubbly and golden brown.  A great healthy treat and dessert!  

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