In the past, it was easy to find time to cook mouth watering 3 course meals. Today, however, keeping up with the Jones’s, working long hours and larger families has made it difficult to create these delicacies. Many have fallen into the frozen and fast food trap, partially to blame for the obesity problems in the United States. If you are looking to create healthy, quick and easy meals, here are a few to get you started.
Grape Nuts Breakfast Bars
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the one most people skip. This recipe is a surefire way to get you to eat something on your way out the door.
3 cups Grape Nuts cereal
1 cup nonfat milk
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup raisins or craisins
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a nonstick 9-in square baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes, at 350 degrees. Cool and cut into 12 squares.
10 Minute Fruit and Cheese Salad
Looking for a great way to salvage your short lunch hour? Make this the night before and reap the benefits of a mid-day vitamin boost!
¾ cup green seedless grapes
3 fresh apricots cut into eighths
3 dried figs, sliced medium
½ lb mixed salad greens
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Extra virgin olive oil to taste
3 ounces goat cheese
Toss all ingredients together. Top with cheese.
This is the healthier version of your typical pizza, but doesn’t lose taste value at all!
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic
12 pitted olives
6 walnut halves
½ teaspoon rosemary
½ teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon basil
1 cup pizza cheese
Cut tomatoes, olives and walnuts into slices. Skin and dice garlic. Brush tortillas with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic. Top with remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes checking frequently to avoid burning tortillas.
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Just the phrase “this was my grandmothers recipe” sparks an interest, and a mouth to water. Recipes passed down from generation to generation tie a family together long after some are gone and create a remembrance to those who have passed. Why else is it important to hold on to these recipes and pass them down? Here’s why.
Keeping Family Close
Year after year you may hear the same story of how your great grandmother worked up your traditional Holiday meal. This may make you feel closer to your great grandmother, even if you never met her and you probably never get tired of hearing the same story. Keeping family members close to your heart even after they’re gone is the primary reason why people pass recipes down to their children and grandchildren. This bonding experience is unlike any other and continues on for years.
A Teaching Experience
When a person passes down a recipe, they have normally made mistakes, disasters even, while working up to perfecting the meal. They often will put tips, tricks and warning signs within the recipes they are passing down, and sometimes even a story. As the recipe is passed further down it may be tweaked or create more first time disasters that will be added to the recipe card. This is learning and a teaching experience two fold. As you learn, you teach and as you teach, you learn. This repeated through the years creates an ongoing learning experience that is not only fun, but rewarding as well!
Now that you know a few reasons why to pass down your favorite recipes, begin to compile a few of your own into a cook book to ensure that they don’t get lost in the shuffle. Then, click the link on this page to find out more about cooking your favorite recipes!
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Have a great collection of your own inspired recipes? If you do, you may have dabbled at the idea of creating your own cookbook. If you have, there are a few must knows on how to write one and how to publish it. Here a few pointers:
Compile your favorite recipes, if you have friends or family members that have a few great tasting recipes up their sleeves, be sure to ask if they would like to contribute to your project. You will need at least 100 original recipes in hand before you move forward. Your goal should be, in order to sell your cookbook when it’s ready, is to make sure all your recipes have a similar theme or hook.
Creating the Book
Once you have all the recipes you would like to use, go through them to make sure that they are accurate, that all ingredients are listed in order of use and that directions are thorough. Keep in mind your hook when putting your recipes in order for use. You then will need to go through several processes before your book is ready for publishing. These steps include finding an editor to work with you to go over every aspect of your first draft manuscript to create a well flowing and generated, ready to print manuscript.
Your next step will be to find a publisher to oversee the rest of the equation. They will read over your completed manuscript and decide if it is a hot seller, from there they will print and market the book for you. You can choose to self publish, however, there are very few self published success stories.
Are you ready to begin? If so you have a ton of patience and a full 3-5 years of hard work ahead of you. Click the link on this page to find out more about creating your very own cook book!
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