TIP OF THE WEEK

3 easy meal preparation tips

Summer is full of big meal events, but that doesn’t mean it has to be full of long preparation times. Follow these tips from www.connectedwomen.co to make your meal prep a breeze.

— Buying meat in bulk makes it easy to save money and allows you to weigh, package and season in one sitting so you’re ready for every meal afterward.

— Make use of tools like blenders and vegetable choppers to make your prep easier. If you have a job, chances are there’s a tool that can help.

— Use a slow cooker to help you prep for meals while you sleep. Add all your ingredients the night before and by the time the big event arrives you’ll be ready.

COOKING

The benefits of sous vide cooking

Sous vide cooking refers to the method of cooking food in a temperature-controlled water bath, often in vacuum-sealed bags. Ideal for a range of dishes, from meat to fish to vegetables, this method has several benefits over traditional cooking methods. A few such benefits, according to Serious Eats:

— All guesswork is gone when it comes to sous vide cooking; you’ll get consistent results without needing to use a thermometer, and never again will you need to cut open the meat while cooking to see if it’s done.

— Not unlike a slow cooker, a sous vide allows you to conveniently cook on your own schedule, heating your food until you’re ready to finish cooking and serve.

— By cooking meat at the lower, more stable temperatures of a sous vide, you’ll get tender, juicy cuts of meat cooked perfectly edge to edge.

EASY RECIPE

Indulgent chocolate chip cookies with less sugar

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup Sugar In The Raw + 1/2 cup Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup macadamia nuts

1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, beat together the melted butter, egg, vanilla extract and the Sugar In The Raw/Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag combo. Meanwhile, mix dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt) in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir well to combine. Slowly add nuts and chocolate chips until well combined. Drop the dough in spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes.

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FOOD TECH

Keep tabs on your digestive health

Millions of people deal with numerous digestive issues, but a new hand-held breathalyzer can help those that struggle with gas minimize their pain and discomfort. The FoodMarble AIRE is a breath test device that can detect how much gas is in your gut, which can build up when foods are not fully digested. The device, along with the app, can measure how much gas is being generated and which gives users the ability to identify the foods that can trigger digestive system distress.

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