Using natural ingredients in your recipes is much healthier – and much tastier too. When you take away the artificial preservatives, sweeteners and flavorings your food suddenly zings with flavor. Getting rid of these nasty chemicals will also mean that your food is better for your health. So, let’s get started on the path to healthy, nutritious, natural cooking today! Below you will be able to find 8 amazing tips for natural cooking that will make it so much easier to whip up a tasty and organic meal for friends and family members – or just for yourself.
1. PRE-CUT YOUR VEGGIES
Let’s face it, cutting up vegetables yourself can be arduous, especially when you have just come home from work and are tired. At times like these it is tempting just to reach for a preservative-laden microwaveable ready meal. Make things easier for your self by chopping up large quantities of your organic veg at the weekend, bagging it up in sealed plastic bags and freezing it ready to defrost whenever you want some fresh, natural vegetables as ingredients for a meal.
2. ADD FLAVOR TO EGGS
Make organic eggs more flavorsome by adding a little sherry vinegar to the oil in the pan as you cook. Yum!
3. ADD SALT TO HERBS
When chopping herbs, adding a sprinkle of salt to the wooden cutting board will stop the herbs from flying all over the place with the movement of the knife. Most recipes call for salt as well as herbs so you can scoop the whole thing up when you are done and add it to your soup or stew.
4. USE ESSENTIAL OILS
Want to add natural flavor? Ditch those preservatives and include essential oils, many of which have health boosting properties too.
5. OPT FOR NATURAL COLORINGS
Avoid using chemical food coloring by using natural ones. Beets, for instance can be used to add a rich red hue to both sweet and savory dishes. Amazing!
6. MAKE TWO INGREDIENT ALL NATURAL PANCAKES
No need to purchase commercial pancake mix. Mashing and blending together two bananas and two eggs will give you a smooth and silky all natural pancake mix.
7. USE OLIVE OIL AS A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE
Rich in antioxidants, olive oil is a healthier alternative to processed cooking oils and it tastes great too so will add some nice Mediterranean flavors to your food.
8. MAKE YOUR OWN STOCK
Why use stock cubes that are filled with salt, preservatives and unnatural flavors? Just take the bones left over when you have been roasting a chicken and boil them up with a few freshly cut herbs for all natural stock!