My Favorite Easy Recipes

When you are pressed for time, it can be pretty difficult to find enough minutes to put together a homemade meal. However, we all know how important it is for our health to eat as many times at home as possible, since the food served by eateries spread all over the place tends to be loaded with salt, sugar, fat and preservatives. For people who have little time on their hands, I am writing down two of my favorite easy recipes that my family and I absolutely love.

 

French omelet

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French omelet is the type of recipe that takes under 15 minutes to make and it counts as a very filling, nutritious meal that you can make at home with minimum of ingredients. Everybody loves eggs as they are extremely tasty, while packing a lot of proteins. If you are cooking for one person, 2 eggs are enough, but if you need to cook for more people within a short time, add 2 eggs for each person. The good news is that the preparation and cooking take about the same, no matter how many people want to have omelet in the morning.

 

So, here is a short list of ingredients:

–        2 eggs per person at the table

–        A dab of butter

–        Salt

–        Pepper

–        Shredded cheese

–        Diced ham

–        A bit of water

 

Beat the eggs in a bowl, with the water, salt and pepper. Water serves to have a fluffier omelet and it is a good trick, from what I have tried. Place the butter on a heated pan and let it melt. Pour the beaten eggs over the butter and gently cover the entire pan, so that your omelet starts looking like a pancake. When you notice the top surface is no longer liquid, spread the cheese and ham on one half, then take the other half and cover the first one. Serve hot and enjoy!

 

Pasta with tomato sauce and sausages

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Another tasty meal that you can put together really fast and is also one of my favorites is pasta with tomato sauce and sausages. As you can see, I am taking the easy way, since I do not combine pasta with any pretentious topping.

 

Here are the ingredients:

–        One pound of pasta (anything works)

–        Olive oil

–        4 sausages

–        A cup of diced tomatoes

–        One sliced onion

–        One crashed garlic

–        2 tablespoons of vinegar

–        Salt

–        Pepper

–        Grated Parmesan

 

Prepare the pasta as indicated on the package. Usually, you need to boil them in hot water with a bit of salt for several minutes. Take them out and drain them. On the side, prepare the sauce. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and add the onion and the garlic. Stir until they are soft, then add the sausages, sliced if you prefer, but it is not a requirement, and cook everything together for 5 minutes. After that, add the tomatoes, the vinegar, and salt and pepper to your liking. This would take about 8 minutes. At the end, pour the drained pasta and gently mix everything together. Serve with grated parmesan on top, for extra taste.

Making Crepes and Pancakes at Home

Easy desserts have always been right up my alley because I do not always have enough time on my hands to put together something really elaborate. Over the years, I noticed that what I really love making (and eating, of course) are pancakes and crepes. I will tell you now everything I do to make these easy desserts at home with zero headache.

 

The simplest recipe in the world

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One thing I really like about pancakes and crepes is that the composition for the batter is really simple and available for anyone. Just with a few ingredients that you normally have around the house, you will be able to create a dessert everyone in the family will love. Here is the recipe I use.

 

The ingredients:

  • One cup of flour
  • One cup of milk
  • Two eggs
  • A bit of sugar
  • A bit of salt

 

The batter is obtained by mixing all of the above together. To tell you the difference between crepes and pancakes, the latter needs a batter that is not as runny as the one for crepes. Basically, crepes are thinner, while pancakes are thicker, so this reflects in the way you create the batter. The above list of ingredients is for crepes, so for pancakes, add more flour to obtain a thicker batter. In case your batter is too consistent, here is what I do (a small trick learned from my mom): I add a bit of water little by little until I obtain the runny type of batter I want for crepes.

 

My savior: the crepe maker

 

Although you can use a normal pan for making pancakes and crepes, I found out over the years that getting the exact thickness I want is really tricky this way. So, one day, when I learned from an acquaintance that she is using a crepe maker, my reaction was: “what is that?” As soon as I saw the machine what it does in action, I decided that I needed one for myself. So I went straight to the computer, and ordered mine online.

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There are a few things I really love about my crepe maker. For instance, it comes with several temperature settings, so if I do not want crepes or pancakes that are too well done, I go for a lower setting. The pancakes I make all look the same, not what really happened when I used a normal pan. And the best part is that I do not have to scratch the pans after I’m done with cooking! So, from my point of view, it is a really great idea to purchase a crepe maker and take it home with you. This is an investment I am sure I am not going to regret anytime soon.

Here’s a review of my model:

 

The First Thing You Should Consider Making at Home – Yogurt

 

 

Yogurt is an all praised food that everyone should eat every day. Grabbing some yogurt from the shelf at your local grocery store seems like the easiest way to make sure that you are eating enough yogurt day by day. This solution may be the easiest, but have you checked the label on what they are selling in stores today? Even yogurt, a type of food supposed to be healthy, is filled with preservatives and added sugar, just to make it tastier. Personally, I think that natural yogurt, without anything added in it, has a perfect taste, and nothing should be added. If you want to make sure the yogurt you eat is healthy and capable of providing all the benefits doctors are talking about, here is my solution: make your own yogurt at home.

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Homemade yogurt is fresh

First things first, an important difference between homemade yogurt and the type you can get from the store is that the former doesn’t need any preservatives to prolong its shelf life. This means that you will get all the benefits of the fresh byproduct of lacto-fermentation, the process that transforms milk into yogurt. Lacto-fermentation is based on the action of live good bacteria that are essential for a healthy digestive system. Homemade yogurt is much richer in this type of bacteria, so it is much healthier.

Homemade yogurt is great for losing weight

In order to be kept in stores, commercial yogurt needs to be refrigerated, and this makes it less efficient in helping you lose weight, something that homemade yogurt does. Cold yogurt is heavier and more difficult to digest, hence the reduction of its health benefits. Homemade yogurt, on the other hand, that can be consumed as soon as it is ready, is much easier to digest, and it helps with your weight loss efforts in a much more efficient manner.

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Homemade yogurt is richer in everything

The problem with store bought yogurt is that because of the long storage periods, its benefits are decreasing. As I mentioned a bit earlier, yogurt must be rich in live cultures of good bacteria, and these cannot live forever, no matter how packed with preservatives commercial yogurt is. Homemade yogurt is richer in all the important nutrients it contains, when compared to yogurt you can buy from the store. It is richer in calcium, as well as protein, potassium, folic acid, B vitamins and phosphorus. If you decide to go for a yogurt maker these become even easier.

Homemade yogurt is easier to digest and good for your stomach

It is much easier for your stomach to digest homemade yogurt, and this is something to consider. The flora developing continuously inside your stomach is essential for good digestion and for the good functioning of your entire body. It is not far-fetched to say that good health starts with a healthy stomach, and a healthy digestive system, which is why regular consumption of yogurt is highly recommended.

I personally enjoy homemade yogurt better than commercial yogurt because it is tastier, more filling, and, of course, healthier.