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14 Ways to Make Cooking More Fun

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Time and again, it’s been said that one of the best things parents can do for their children is to cook and eat as a family. Nonetheless, plenty of people struggle to make cooking a part of their routine. Although cooking at home does take time, it doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some of the top ways to make cooking a little more fun for everyone involved.

1. Cook According to a Fun Theme

To make cooking less like a chore and more like an adventure, try cooking according to a theme. This theme can change weekly, or you might like to introduce a theme night once a month. Themes could include ideas like carnivals, summer ingredients or Asian delights. Get creative and embrace the theme with fun plates, decor, and even outfits.

2. Try Out One-Pot Meals

Perhaps you love to cook but hate to clean up. In that case, get comfortable with some meal ideas that can be prepared in a single pot. There are plenty of fantastic options to choose from, and they all involve quick cleanup that won’t take away from your family time in the evening.

3. Cook Using Seasonal Ingredients

Sometimes preparing the same meals day in and day out takes the fun out of it. One way to shake things up is to use seasonal ingredients. Visit a local farmer’s market for healthy, nutritious food the whole family will love.

4. Cook With a Soundtrack

Spice up the cooking process not with herbs and peppers but with some upbeat music. If you’re serving up tacos, put on some Mexican love songs. Making kimchi for the first time? Your teens probably know plenty of K-Pop songs that will have you dancing around the kitchen in no time.

5. Make a Customized Food Bar

Adults and kids alike love being able to customize their foods. Create a simple dish that can be personalized like mini pizzas, tacos or baked potatoes, and then let everyone add their own favorite toppings.

6. Dress Like a Chef

Want to make dinner an event? Get yourself a designated cooking outfit! Switching from normal person to executive super chef is a way to make cooking special, and add a bit of fun. Professional chef aprons and designer chef coats with cool designs do exist. Choose from classic colors, funky patterns and special edition versions that will help you stand out in the kitchen.

7. Go Global

Stuck on the same few recipes? One way to make cooking a little more fun is to think outside the box. Get global inspiration and try out German sausages and potato dishes, Italian pasta entrees or even some Ethiopian food.

8. Come Up With a Signature Dish For Each Member of the Family

More than just eating together, family dinners are time for bonding and most beneficial if everyone is involved and communicative. One way to get others involved is by creating signature dishes for each family member. They can help cook their special meal, or they can just appreciate the effort that goes into their favorite dish.

9. Invite Some Friends Into the Kitchen

There’s no need to cook on your own! If you want to enjoy cooking more, then invite your spouse, your kids or your friends into the kitchen to help. Savor the experience rather than rushing through it.

10. Get Into Decorative Plating

If cooking still isn’t your favorite pastime, then get creative in other ways. Plating, for example, can be an art form. You might find your passion in plating up gorgeous meals and desserts or snapping pictures of the final products.

11. Don’t Be Afraid of Frozen Ingredients

If you still want to know how to make cooking more fun, get rid of some of the preparation work. Instead of chopping up fresh vegetables and worrying about fresh produce expiring, stick with frozen ingredients. These can be cheaper, more convenient and every bit as nutritious.

12. Take a Cooking Class

Sometimes, cooking stops being fun if you’re stuck in a rut. Break out of that routine by learning something new in a cooking class. If there aren’t any classes nearby, try some free instructional cooking videos online.

13. Invest in Cheerful Kitchen Decor

Cooking won’t feel funny if you feel trapped in a boring kitchen. Insert some cheer by investing in a few colorful kitchen decor items. Even something simple like rainbow cooking utensils or colorful placemats can spice up the environment and bring a smile to your face.

14. Try Out the Latest Cooking Gadgets

If you love science and technology, but think of cooking as a chore, then try out some culinary gadgets. A sous vide machine or a new digital slow cooker might be interesting as well as practical additions to your routine.

Each of these options can make cooking a little more fun. When cooking is fun, you’re likely to cook more often and share more meals with the people that you love.

My name is Muhammad Haseeb. I am a Content Writer. I have published many articles on different websites. I want to share my knowledge with people. I am doing it from the last couple of years.

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7 of These Foods Will Take You Back in Your Childhood Days As You Loved Them All

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When you think of your childhood, you may have stronger memories associated with a certain set of foods like Parle-G, Natkhat, Poppins, Sweet Cigarettes, Popsicles, Rola Cola, Fatafat and many others. I know these fun foods were more than love for most of the kids and even now. But sadly, some of the products have become extinct now and we couldn’t help. That is why I will take you through your childhood days foods again by mentioning here some of the all-time favourite foods of the kids when they were in their childhood. No matter whether they are with you today or not, but whenever you heard of them or come across they make you happy and nostalgic at the same time.

Let me take you through some of the foods that helped shape your childhood.

1. Phantom Sweet Cigarettes

Phantom Sweet Cigarettes

One of the sweetest childhood memories that we all have. These cigarettes were famous among every kid and they used to love and flaunt them along with their friends just to become super cool. They looked similar to a cigarette only but were mint flavoured.

2. Natkhat

Natkhat

Then and now, Natkhat is still one of the most loved snacks of every kid. Do you remember the packet costs only Rs. 1 which you will find hard to get nowadays? We used to love carrying these packets when we go out for a picnic.

3. Gold Spot and Rola Cola

Gold Spot and Rola Cola

Forget about today’s coke or slice. Nothing could ever beat the taste of Gold Spot and Rola Cola. Gold Spot was a bit sweet in taste with some fizz, while Rola Cola was the super solid candy which tastes like a cola. They both were so amazing and we still remember that.

4. Crax

Crax

Crax was spicy and masala flavoured ring-shaped snack which was also among the kid’s favourite during the 90s. Besides eating them, children also used to make fun by wearing the rings on the finger taking the feel of a ring. And, it also didn’t costs a fortune, just Rs. 5 only.

5. Parle-G

Parle-G

Parle-G is still our favourite, whether you dip it in a cup of tea or a glass of milk. It tastes completely awesome. Thank god this is not extinct and you can easily find out them easily in any grocery store.

6. Fatafat

Fatafat

These were actually the digestions pills similar to Hajmola, but we never used them like pills. Its tasty tangy flavour had made everyone go mad for it.

7. Rooh Afza

Rooh Afza

One of the tastiest and refreshing drink that we all had during our 90s. It was more like a welcome drink and was served to the guests who visit our houses. Seriously, its rose flavour was loved by every kid, especially when it was mixed with cold milk. Isn’t it?

So, these were some of the fun foods that were our all-time favourite and even now. How many of you would like to taste them again?

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Trying To Shred Extra Kilos? Have A Look at Top 5 Food Items That You Should Avoid

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5 Food Items That You Should Avoid While Weight loss

Are you struggling hard to shred out that extra flab from your body? This article may help you. You might be familiar with the expression which says ‘You are what you eat’ which means whatever you eat directly affects your body and everyone does crave for those delicious and tempting French fries, burgers, pizzas, and so many things. But do you know if you are trying to lose your weight and having all these food items?

This may disappoint you as it may hamper your process of losing weight. So, if you want to become slim and trim and want to feel confident about yourself.

Have a look at 5 surprising food items that you must avoid while you are trying to lose weight.

1. Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

Do you keep the love for Chinese food items? If yes, then you might be knowing most of the Chinese dishes do contain soy sauce while preparing them. The reason why you should avoid taking soya sauce is that it contains high sodium content which may bloat your stomach and increase the risk of hypertension which will, in turn, hamper your weight loss process.

2. Multi-Grain Bread

Multi-Grain Bread

We all love to have multi-grain bread with loads of butter during our breakfast. Isn’t it? No doubt it looks very healthy and tempting but does not at all helps one in losing weight because of the calories it has.

3. Alcohol

Alcohol

Party lover hmm? A glass of chilled beer or your favourite alcohol might invite you but its effects on your body can hinder weight loss in real. Do you know alcohol is the first thing that your body burns before anything else? You will not be able to burn any fat until the alcohol remains in your body.

4. Whole Milk

Whole Milk

Undoubtedly milk is the best source to get protein and it is healthy too. But the milk is loaded with extra cholesterol as well as fat, sadly. If you are trying to lose weight, then you can have skimmed milk or Chaach which is tasty as well as it will not hamper your weight loss as it has fewer calories as compared to milk.

5. Fruit Juices

Fruit Juices

Fruit juices are one of the best things to have during our breakfast. But do you think is it really worth to have that one glass of juice in the morning? No, it is not at all healthy s the juice you have is full of calories and artificial sweeteners and added flavors which are not good for your health.

So, were you aware of these food items are not good for your health and can hinder your weight loss journey if you are aiming for a weight loss? Share and spread the knowledge.

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Going To Start Your Keto Diet? Here’s Everything That You Need To Know To Avoid Any Mistake

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Are you also planning to shed those extra kilos this year? If yes, then you might have heard about the ketogenic diet which is preferred by most of the peoples to lose their weight effectively. The ketogenic diet may be high-fat, low-carb fat which is better known as the fat-burning ketogenic diet. Before you start, you should also be familiar with its pros and cons. What are the perfect foods to eat when you are on a keto diet and which food items you need to ditch to get back into shape or what could be a simple plan that you can follow on your keto diet?

Here, is everything that you need to know what a ketogenic diet is and what meal plan to you need to follow when you are following a keto diet.

Let’s know more about the keto diet in detail.

What is a ketogenic diet?

A keto or a ketogenic diet is a diet which is based on the principle in which you use an only low-carb, high-fat diet that helps you burn your body fat effectively and easily. This is one of the perfect ways to lose your weight, even it is suggested by many doctors. A keto diet can be especially helpful for those individuals who are trying to lose out their excessive body fat without going on a hunger strike.

 Here is what you need to eat when you are following a strict keto diet:

You might not be sure of that what you should eat on your ketogenic diet. Here is the quick food list about which you need to know-

1. Meat

Meat

Remember than you are on a keto diet, you need to take unprocessed meats that are low carb, keto-friendly and also healthy. You have to consume as per your body needs if you will eat more then what your body needs will affect your keto diet and excess meat means excess protein which will be converted into glucose. So, try to take a normal amount of meat.

2. Fish and seafood

Fish and seafood

Fatty fish like salmons are the best when we talk about fish and seafood. It would be great if you find some wild-caught fish which is healthier and the best.

3. Eggs

Eggs

Eggs are the best, you can eat them in any way you like whether boiled or scrambled.

4. Natural fat, high-fat sauces

Fatty food is your friend when you are on a keto diet, so don’t fear them. You will get most of the fat from natural sources like meat egg or fish. But you should also use fat in cooking like butter or coconut fat and add some olive oil also on top of that or your salads. In a high-fat sauce, you can give it a try to garlic butter recipes.

5. Vegetables growing above ground

Eat lots of salad and green leafy vegetables

Like leafy vegetables or green items that include cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli or avocado. Fry them in butter and add some olive oil too.

6. High-fat dairy items

Don't eat Dairy products much

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Like butter, high-fat cheese and yogurts are a good choice.

Drinks you should have on your keto

1. Water

You Should Avoid Drinking Bottled Water

Either hot or by adding some cut lemons or cucumber slices.

2. Coffee

Get Coffee on Your First Date, Not Ice Cream

Having coffee without sugar with some milk or cream, not much.

3. Tea

Tea

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You can include green tea or herbal tea with no sugar in it.

Food or items that you should avoid:

1. Alcohols including beer or sweetened cocktails

2. Trans fat such as margarine or hydrogenated fats

3. Starchy vegetables like potatoes, corn or peas

4. Traditional snack food items like potato chips

5. Sugary items such as juice, cold drink or soda

6. Low-fat dairy products

7. Grains such as pasta, rice or oatmeal

So, this was all about keto-diet, which is very important for the beginners to know.

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