Simple Recipe Hacks for Spring Cooking

Simple Recipe Hacks for Spring Cooking

Spring is almost here: the days are getting longer, we see green buds on the trees, and the first flowers are appearing. Celebrate the season’s arrival with these easy cooking tricks! They’ll help you have more free time to enjoy the warm days that lie ahead.

1. To save time, roast meats and their sides on the same baking tray.

Season some chicken with flavorful herbs, such as tarragon, add some salt, and pour a bit of olive oil on top of them. Peel and cube some seasonal vegetables, such as beets, leeks, bok choy, or carrots, and add them to the tray, drizzling them with oil too. Be sure that the vegetables and meat have space, spread out in a single layer.

Bake at 450° F until the chicken is golden and the juice comes out translucent when your prick it. You can use pork chops instead of chicken if you want.

2. Make an all-purpose salsa.

Black bean and avocado salsa is a time-saving and very versatile recipe. Serve it as a dip to eat with tortillas, as a garnish for some meat, or as part of a fresh and nutritious salad if you combine it with a bed of greens.

Mix some cubed avocado, 1/2 cup chopped scallions, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1 cup diced tomato, 1 chopped jalapeño (without the seeds), 1 can of black beans, and 1 can of corn.

For the dressing, mix 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup of olive oil, some salt, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and a teaspoon of ground cumin. Pour it over the black bean mix.

3. Keep beans on hand at all times.

Keep some cooked beans in the fridge; they’re tasty and can be ready to use in salads or as sides. Want to skip the soaking? Just add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda for each pound of dry beans.

Cook them in plenty of water and flavor them with peppercorns, bay leaves, cumin, or garlic. The beans can be stored for 4 or 5 days in the refrigerator in a container with an airtight lid and a little of the cooking liquid.

4. And keep avocados at the ready, too.

Avocado is a nutritious fruit thanks to its contribution of 8 g good fats per 50 g serving, with over 75% of which are good fats. Dietary fat helps to absorb vitamins like A, D, K and E. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a diet plan that substitutes good fats in place of bad, within moderation, to receive the nutrient benefits of dietary fat without raising LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Always have avocados on hand to start the day with a powerful breakfast. Need some ideas? Avocado toast and poached egg or a fruit and avocado smoothie are all good options. Add cubed avocado to your favorite salad or use it to make a delicious guacamole to eat with tortillas on those days you don’t feel like cooking.

You can keep ready-to-eat avocados in the refrigerator to slow down ripening.

Take advantage of these easy tricks and enjoy spring as a family!

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