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How can I learn to cook healthy food?

I honestly would love to feed my family healthful meals, but always revert back to Hamberger Helper because I don't know what to do with the fruits and veggies once I buy them. They just rot in the fridge til I toss them... I need to get a handle on my weight and my families health. But don't know where to start. I don't have a working oven either, and all the healthy stuff I used to make was baked... And time and money are an issue... I don't have much of either...

Plus I have a DH who hates veggies and makes a big stink about them when I do try to hide them in the dinner...

Can someone help me?? I don't know how to do this stuff... All anyone will tell me is "Buy whole foods" but I can't find anyone that will help me once I get it home...

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:01 PM on Feb. 22, 2010 in Food & Drink

Answers (35)
  • I love the Food Network channel and website..


    Answer by kjfamily at 4:02 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • get the book How to Eat Clean - by tosca reno. it teaches you all the HOWs of cooking.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:02 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • I commend you for trying to give your family healthy food. One thing that I did was starting to use the oven a lot. I'd make spinach quiche. Or better yet blueberry muffins from scratch.

    From America's Test Kitchen:
    Best Blueberry Muffins
    from the Episode: Best Weekend Breakfast

    If buttermilk is unavailable, substitute 3/4 cup plain whole-milk or low-fat yogurt thinned with 1/4 cup milk.

    Makes 12 muffins

    Lemon-Sugar Topping
    1/3 cup sugar (2 1/3 ounces)
    1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated zest from 1 lemon


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:06 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • Muffins
    2 cups fresh blueberries (about 10 ounces), picked over
    1 1/8 cups sugar (8 ounces) plus 1 teaspoon
    2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (12 1/2 ounces)
    2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon table salt
    2 large eggs
    4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter , melted and cooled slightly
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup buttermilk (see note)
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    See Illustrations Below: Making Muffins with Blueberry Flavor Through and Through

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:07 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • 1. FOR THE TOPPING: Stir together sugar and lemon zest in small bowl until combined; set aside.

    2. FOR THE MUFFINS: Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray standard muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Bring 1 cup blueberries and 1 teaspoon sugar to simmer in small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, mashing berries with spoon several times and stirring frequently, until berries have broken down and mixture is thickened and reduced to ¼ cup, about 6 minutes. Transfer to small bowl and cool to room temperature, 10 to 15 minutes.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:07 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • 3. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in large bowl. Whisk remaining 11/8 cups sugar and eggs together in medium bowl until thick and homogeneous, about 45 seconds. Slowly whisk in butter and oil until combined. Whisk in buttermilk and vanilla until combined. Using rubber spatula, fold egg mixture and remaining cup blueberries into flour mixture until just moistened. (Batter will be very lumpy with few spots of dry flour; do not overmix.)


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:08 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • 4. Following photos below, use ice cream scoop or large spoon to divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups (batter should completely fill cups and mound slightly). Spoon teaspoon of cooked berry mixture into center of each mound of batter. Using chopstick or skewer, gently swirl berry filling into batter using figure-eight motion. Sprinkle lemon sugar evenly over muffins.

    5. Bake until muffin tops are golden and just firm, 17 to 19 minutes, rotating muffin tin from front to back halfway through baking time. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool 5 minutes before serving.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:09 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • first off, if your husband wants to eat, he can either make it himself or eat what you make. as for no oven, that's tough, but still doable. stir-fry's are a great way to get some veggies in; pasta with homemade sauce and chopped up spinach or parsley; homemade mac 'n cheese with broccoli florets; blt's; turkey burgers with sweet potato fries (my whole family LOVES these- if you want the recipe how i make them, just send me a message); skillets: potatoes, green pepper, onions, mushrooms, bacon, and eggs all mixed together (one of my favorites); chicken tacos with homemade salsa and guacamole.

    there are so many things you can make. i love browsing, or taking a recipe and just making it my own by making it a little more healthy.

    Answer by Michelle451 at 4:09 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

  • Step-by-Step: Making Muffins with Blueberry Flavor Through and Through

    Cook half of fresh blueberries into thick jam to concentrate their flavor and eliminate excess moisture.

    Stir 1 cup of fresh blueberries into batter to provide juicy bursts in every bite.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:11 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

    Scoop batter into muffin pans, completely filling cups.

    Place 1 teaspoon of cooled berry jam in center of each batter-filled cup, pushing it below surface.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:12 PM on Feb. 22, 2010

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