Healthy Fast Food.
Fast food is the term for a kind of food that people eat from a restaurant where food is prepared and served quickly. There are many different kinds of fast food, but among the most popular are hamburgers, cheeseburgers and French fries (chips).
Are you frustrated by a lack of time to prepare healthy meals? When time is tight it's tempting to head down to nearest fast food restaurant for take out. On the other hand, fast and healthy cooking doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. Here are some ways to make healthy food fast.
1. Make Healthy Food Fast with a Pressure Cooker
Foods prepared in a pressure cooker lose less water - so less oil and butter is required to keep foods moist. It also enhances the flavor of food so you won't need excess salt or sugar. Plus - vitamins and nutrients are better preserved when you prepare food in a pressure cooker since so little liquid is required and only tiny amounts are lost during the cooking process. A pressure cooker makes preparing beans and whole grains that would normally take forever on the stovetop quick and easy; and it does a great job of melding flavors together. It's excellent for preparing steamed vegetables and low-fat meats quickly - and it's a natural for making healthy soups and stews.
2. Make Healthy Food Fast with a Crockpot
An appliance that's even less expensive you can use to make healthy food is a crockpot. This inexpensive, but handy pot takes away all of the hard work. Simply put in the necessary ingredients inside and let breakfast or dinner cook overnight - or while you're at work. It's perfect for making hassle free hot breakfast cereal, soups, stews, and vegetables. Once you have one, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. A crockpot can make a cook out of anyone.
3. Fill the Freezer with Frozen Vegetables
Frozen vegetables are just as nutritious - if not more so - than fresh ones because their vitamins and nutrients are locked in by the freezing process. Throw them into a crockpot with a little butter and you'll have steamy, hot veggies with very little work. Be sure to thaw them before preparing them in a crockpot, since the ice will lower the temperature - leading to a longer cooking time.
4. Turn a Frozen Dinner into Healthy Fare
Frozen dinners are the ultimate in convenience, but they're not always filling. Fortunately, there are a variety of frozen dinners available that are lower in calories with names like Lean Cuisine and Smart Ones. Some of them are a little high in salt, so be careful which ones you choose. To make them healthier, serve it with a pre-packaged salad or add another veggie side dish for more nutritional value. You can have a meal on the table in no time.
5. Raid a Grocery Store Salad Bar
Many grocery stores have salad bars that are filled with fresh fruits and veggies - and most even have some form of protein to turn a salad into a complete meal. What could be quicker or easier?