Archive | September 23, 2012

Keep your Kitchen Clean!

     One thing I’ve never been able to understand is how some people can leave their kitchen in a constant state of disarray. Why do the dishes need to be 6 or 7 deep in the sink before you wash them? It’s disgusting. Get in the habit of washing your dishes right after you use them, or better yet, put them in the dishwasher!

     Also, make sure that you scrub your sink and wipe down your counters before cooking. I prefer to use a Clorox bleach spray and paper towels, but you can use any type of cleaning supplies meant to kill germs. I NEVER use a sponge to clean counters. According to webMD, “Kitchen sponges are the No. 1 source of germs in the whole house. Why? The moist, micro-crevices that make a sponge such an effective cleaning device also make it a cozy home for germs and more difficult to disinfect. Wiping your counters or dishes with a dirty sponge will only transfer the bacteria from one item to another. ‘Wet your sponge and then pop it in the microwave for two minutes to eliminate the germs that lurk inside the crevices,’ says Neil Schachter, MD, medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai in New York City, and the author of The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu.” I like his sponge tip, however I prefer to just use paper towels and eliminate the possibility of contaminating the counters with a dirty sponge.

Here is an example of what your workspace should look like before you start cooking:

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Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry

I made this delicious Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry the other night with friends. I do not own a wok (the pan you use to cook stir fry), but I think I will be purchasing one soon. This recipe is very easy.

You need:
2 bell peppers (we used orange and red)
Broccoli & Baby carrots (we used a bag for salad that was a pre-mix of broccoli and carrots)
Stir Fry Sauce*
Chicken
Brown Rice**

First you cook the chicken on the stove until it is about halfway done. Next you chop up the peppers, broccoli, and carrots. Add those to the wok with the heat on medium. Next chop up the chicken and add that to the veggies. After, pour stir fry sauce all over the veggies/chicken and mix it up with a fork. While the veggies and chicken are cooking, cook the brown rice according to the instructions on the box. Make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly and that the veggies are soft. After the veggies/chicken are done, pour the rice over the whole mix. Voila! Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry

* you can also use soy sauce if you don’t have a stir fry sauce, any sauce will work. Be creative!
** you can use white rice if you want, but brown rice is healthier!Image