Do you know when to use a food processor and when to use a blender? See our infographic below:
Instead of floundering around doing test after test, find a similar slow cooker recipe to use as your guide. Note the amount and volume of meat and vegetables it calls for, plus the cooking time, heat setting, and amount of liquid you add to the pot.
Slow cookers cook slowly because they’re set at lower temperatures. Most of them hit about 190º on low and 300º on high. Typically, we like to start with this basic formula:
1 hour of simmering on the stove or baking at 350º = 8-10 hours on low or 4-6 hours on high in a slow cooker
That’s how long it takes for the meat to reach food-safe temps. So reduce cook times accordingly: If your pork tenderloin roasts for 30 minutes in the oven, for example, reduce slow-cooking time to 4-5 hours, and so on.
Because slow cookers trap steam, you may need to reduce the liquid measurements in your new recipe. If the original calls for 6-8 cups of water, for example, start with 5 cups. Don’t leave liquid out entirely, though. If the base recipe doesn’t include any liquid at all, add 1/2 cup of water or broth to create some steam in the crock.
*some recipes just don’t convert i.e. baked goods, while others may technically work in your slow cooker but may not have the same qualities you like about the original dish.
Taste of Home. How to convert (just about) any recipe into a slow cooker one. Ellie Martin Cliffe.
For more information check out this video on slow cooker safety!
Texas A&M AgriLife Food & Nutrition Extension. Slow Cooker Safety. Jenna Anding, Ph.D., RD, LD.
Build your own
Make your own trail mix with unsalted nuts and add-ins such as seeds, dried fruit, popcorn, or a sprinkle of chocolate chips.
Portion snack foods into baggies or containers when you get home from the store so they’re ready to grab-n-go when you need them
Make it a combo
Combine food groups for a satisfying snack—yogurt and berries, apple with peanut butter, whole-grain crackers with turkey, and avocado.
Eat vibrant veggies
Spice up raw vegetables with dips. Try dipping bell peppers, carrots, or cucumbers in hummus, tzatziki, guacamole, or baba ganoush.
Snack on the go
Bring ready-to-eat snacks when you’re out. A banana, yogurt (in a cooler), or baby carrots are easy to bring along and healthy options.
At the store or market:
Are you looking for healthy snacks? Choose fruit, vegetables, nuts, or low-fat dairy products. Try to have a combination of protein and carbohydrates. This mix will help keep you full longer. Remember a snack is NOT a meal. Keep snacks around 200 calories or less. Here are 4 great snack recipes you have to try. Be sure to watch the video on how to make your own Kale Chips. Enjoy!
Click links below for recipes
The kids are out of school and the temperature is rising; that can only mean one thing–summer is here! The first thing that comes to mind about summer is vacation and travel. Whether traveling for work, vacation or sporting activity make sure to pack healthy on-the-go snacks.
Here are some great examples of quick and easy snacks to take on the go this vacation season.
Chasing stripes on a black top road, messy back seats, a ridiculous car load of luggage, and the inevitable boredom snacks! We want you to be fully prepared when you take your annual summertime trip. We want to avoid empty calories such as potato chips, candy bars, and sodas. Keep your snack bag full of these grab-n-go ideas:
Don’t forget to pack an iced down cooler. We want to be sure that it is kept 40* or below to avoid food borne illnesses, so keep it iced down. While snacks are important, so are your drinks. Don’t forget to ice down bottled water, sparkling water, fruit juice, or bottled tea. Here are some nice cooler snacks:
Look for some great recipes of quick and easy snacks this week via Dinner Tonight’s Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest page.
Thanks to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for these summer snack ideas