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DealDash Cooks: More Beginner Tips

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Every beginner cook needs a few tips. Here are some helpful hints from DealDash.

No matter if you want to learn or if you are in a position where you need to learn there will come a time where you will have to cook.  There are many things to keep into consideration if you’re a beginning chef. The following are some tips that every beginner cook will find useful, from DealDash.

Cookbooks Are Your Friend

You’ll want to start off of getting some cookbooks to learn about different styles of cooking.  Keep into account the styles of cooking that you want to learn about and find cookbooks that offer recipes that cover those styles.  You want to find recipes that are easy to follow so you do not get discouraged when you’re cooking.

If paper cookbooks aren’t your style, then you can get many cookbooks in an e-book format. You can actually even borrow e-books from your local library, and there are many free e-books available on Amazon.

You can also get many free recipes online and print them out. If you have more than a few favorites, then get a 3-ring binder and make your own cookbook with your printouts. This is especially useful if you have people asking for a recipe – you can easily take it out of the notebook and make a photocopy.

Let Your Pantry Be Your Guide

You’ll also want to look in your pantry and cupboards to see what you have available. You can make some excellent combinations or even just get some good ideas by checking out your pantry.

Once you have decided what to make, be sure that you have everything that you need to prepare the meal you wish to cook.  If you do not have the needed ingredients you will have to make a shopping list and go to the store to get what you need to finish a recipe.

If you type in some of the main ingredients you have available into the search bar, you will get results back with some dishes that include those ingredients. This can be a great time-saver if you don’t have time to go to the store before you need to start cooking.

Work on Your Timing

When you are ready to prepare your meal, keep into account the time you need for prep work. This includes preparing the side dishes and main dish. Good time management is something you need to learn when you want to be a good cook. This is so you’ll get everything done in time without having to worry about ruining the food that you’re preparing. Personally, I set multiple alarms with my Alexa device so I can keep myself on schedule.

Ask for Help if You Need it

If you find that you still need help in learning to cook you may want to consult a family friend or family member to help you.  You may also want to consider taking a cooking class as they can be very helpful in helping beginners learn to cook. If you are lucky enough to have a Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, or other relative who is an amazing cook, don’t be too shy to ask for help.

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If you’re a beginner that is wondering how to get started learning how to cook it is really much simpler than you think.  Before you know it with some practice you will be preparing delicious meals for your friends and family to enjoy.

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 This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Cooks: Party Appetizer Bites

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Holiday parties are coming up soon. Here are some tips for bite-sized treats from DealDash.

When you are planning your next party you will no doubt be considering the food that you will be serving. Depending on the type of party that you will be having you need to consider preparing some bite-size food options for your party guests. You will be really surprised to see how many different options are available to you. Read on for some tips and ideas from DealDash.

Yummmmm…Sliders

Making mini hamburgers, also called sliders, is definitely something to consider when you are looking for easy to serve party foods. Instead of making a larger hamburger you can make smaller versions and offer a variety of different toppings to go on them. SOme suggestions are pickles, peppers, mushrooms, onions, and different condiments. Your guests will certainly enjoy this idea. You can even make them out of ground turkey for a healthy and delicious party treat.

A Cheese Platter Never Fails

Having a platter with a variety of cheeses is always a favorite among party goers. You can offer fancier types of cheese like brie if you like. If you want to have a variety you can also offer something simpler like cheddar. This will ensure that you are offering something that everyone will like. Just make sure to have a knife or cheese slicer available to guests so that they can get a slice of cheese for themselves. Also, don’t forget the crackers!

Mini Pastries Will Be a Hit

A mini pastry platter is another excellent idea to serve at your next party. You can do things like make mini quiches and fruit pies in muffin pans. This is so that guests can get a bite-sized taste of the snacks that you are offering them. If you’re not planning on making your mini pastries from scratch, most wholesale shopping clubs offer delicious frozen versions that you simply heat up in the oven.

A Cracker Platter Would be Nice

You can also offer your guests a cracker platter at your party. You can offer a selection of different crackers as well as a variety of different toppings like tuna, pepperoni, tomatoes, and cucumber so that guests have different options available to them.

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These snacks are really just the beginning of the bite-size options that you can offer to your guests the next time that you throw a party. You really have an opportunity to be creative here so experiment a little. You can see what you can come up with to delight your guests.

Thank you for taking the time to read this new DealDash Reviewed blog on bite-sized snacks for your next party. I appreciate all of you that read the blog. Let us know what you would like to read about in the comments down below.

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DealDash on Cooking Vegetarian

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Meatless Monday is a very popular trend. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to cook a delicious vegetarian meal.

Have you ever participated in Meatless Monday? Many families who aren’t vegetarian like to participate in this trend for many reasons such as to be healthier and to save money. However, cooking vegetarian isn’t just making a salad. There are lots of different things that you can do to make your meatless meals more tasty and appetizing for your family.

Start Slow

You don’t want to scare your family off with anything too “out of the ordinary” at first. You might already be making some wonderful vegetarian meals without even thinking about it. Many pasta dishes can be just as delicious without the meat, such as lasagna or pasta roll-ups with ricotta cheese and noodles – delicious!

There are other ways to go meatless without completely giving up the taste and feel of meat. There are many meat-replacement products available at the store. These include substitutes for beef, chicken, and shellfish.

Go With the Seasons

I will be the first to admit that I really hate canned and frozen vegetables. They just taste old and stale to me. However, buying lots of fresh fruits and vegetables can be very expensive if you buy them out of season. Shopping and eating seasonally will be easier on your budget as well as taste delicious. If you are trying to save money, you won’t really be saving any if you end up throwing a lot of the food away simply because it doesn’t taste good, or your family doesn’t like it. My husband is a real stickler for not throwing food away, so I try to always buy the freshest and best-looking produce that I can find to minimize waste.

Get the Whole Family Involved

Cooking vegetarian meals without getting your family on board first can be difficult if they are used to eating a lot of meat. If you can recruit the rest of the family to assist you in choosing the meals, shopping at the supermarket, and helping prepare and cook the food they will be more likely to eat it. Remember, you won’t really be doing their health or your wallet any favors if they don’t want to eat the meals that you have prepared, even if they are vegetarian. Remember, start this gradually, and before you know it your family might occasionally request a few of their favorite vegetarian meals that you have introduced them to.

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Finally, thanks so much for reading this new DealDash article on cooking vegetarian. Don’t forget to check back here often for new articles as well as on our sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Cooks: Asparagus

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Asparagus is delicious, healthy, and a wonderful source of nutrients. There are many ways to cook asparagus. Here are a few from DealDash.

One of the healthiest veggies around is asparagus. Asparagus is made up of about 93% water. Asparagus is low in calories and is very low in sodium. Want an excellent source of vitamins and minerals? Try asparagus! Here are just a few that asparagus includes:

  • vitamin B6
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • zinc
  • fiber
  • protein
  • vitamin C, E, & K
  • thiamin
  • riboflavin
  • beta-carotene

In short, asparagus is extremely healthy and quite delicious when prepared correctly. Here are a few ways that your family will love that put asparagus in the spotlight.

Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • Asparagus
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Break off the tough ends of the asparagus and, if they’re thick, peel them.
  • Place the asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, then toss to coat the asparagus completely.
  • Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Roast the asparagus for 25 minutes, until tender but still crisp.

Sauteed Asparagus

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Rinse the asparagus, peel the stalks and then remove the tough white ends at the base.
  • Saute the asparagus in oil and butter until tender (along with the sage leaves).
  • Discard the sage leaves after cooking.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

Asparagus Bacon Bundles

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Divide the asparagus spears into 12 bundles.
  • Carefully wrap 1 piece of bacon around each bundle, starting about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the tips.
  • Secure the bacon-wrapped spears with a toothpick. Lay the bundles in a low-sided casserole dish.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, soy sauce, garlic salt and pepper.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Pour the hot sugar mixture over the asparagus bundles.
  • Transfer the dish to the oven and roast until the spears have begun to wilt and the bacon looks fully cooked, approximately 25 minutes.
  • Remove the toothpicks before serving.

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I hope that you enjoyed these delightful asparagus recipes. Asparagus is one of my family’s favorite veggies, and we have it quite often. Let me know in the comments down below if you have a favorite asparagus recipe.

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Does Weekly Meal Prep

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Meal Prep Sunday is all the rage right now in health and fitness. Get some great ideas for MPS from DealDash.

Prepping your meals for the week on a Sunday is an excellent use of your time, and will make the rest of your week easier. The idea behind Meal Prep Sunday (MPS) is to prep as many healthy meals as you can within a few hours on a Sunday. Next, you divide them into containers and you have nourishing meals all set to go for your hectic work week. Prepping all of your meals on Sunday will save you both time and money. Here are some ideas from DealDash for MPS.

Burrito Bowls

Burrito bowls are delicious, filling, easy to make, and can be healthy if you choose the correct options. Want an interesting meal for MPS? Burrito bowls are a great choice for MPS. Here are the basic instructions, but feel free to change up the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Ingredients

  • Lettuce (romaine, iceberg, mixed greens, your choice)
  • Rice (white or brown)
  • Corn
  • Beans (black or pinto)
  • Meat of your choice (chicken, carnitas, steak, or none)
  • Lime (or not)

Instructions

  1. Place 2 cups of lettuce on the bottom of your Tupperware
  2. Add 4-6 oz of your meat choice
  3. Next, add 1 cup of rice
  4. Then, add ½ cup corn
  5. Add ¼ cup beans
  6. Finally, squeeze lime on the top if you like

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Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • Pasta of your choice (I prefer bowtie or shells)
  • Cooked chicken cut into bite-sized chunks
  • Cucumber
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Olives (if you like)
  • Almond slivers (if you like)
  • Your favorite vinaigrette dressing

Directions

  1. Add cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olives, and almond slivers to the mixing bowl
  2. Drizzle your favorite vinaigrette dressing evenly on top
  3. Toss until all of the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing
  4. Add your chicken chunks to the top

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Recipes: Baked Cheesy Macaroni

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Kids and adults alike will enjoy this baked cheesy macaroni dish. It’s simple to make and delicious!

This baked cheesy macaroni is super-simple to make, and people love homemade macaroni and cheese. It is light years ahead of the boxed versions, and almost as inexpensive to make.

This baked cheesy macaroni has a powerful advantage for you: it is made with dry pasta, so there’s no need for precooking. Here’s a tip: the pasta cooks in the oven, absorbing the liquid from the dairy products. That’s a time-saver right there! Read on, and prepare for a delicious baked cheesy macaroni side dish for dinner tonight, compliments of DealDash.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (not low fat, sorry healthy food lovers)
  • 2.5 cups milk (not skim, again, apologies)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg 
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated (Preferably use white cheddar, but orange will do.)
  • ½ pound elbow pasta, uncooked (see, this is the time-saver right here, folks)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees and position an oven rack in upper third of oven.
  2. Use 1 tablespoon butter to butter a 9-inch round or square baking pan.
  3. In a blender, purée cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg and pepper together.
  4. Reserve ¼ cup grated cheese for topping. In a large bowl, combine remaining grated cheese, milk mixture and uncooked pasta. Pour into prepared pan, cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover pan, stir gently, sprinkle with reserved cheese and dot with remaining tablespoon butter. Bake, uncovered, an additional 30 minutes, until browned.
  6. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

This is such a delicious side dish, and it pairs well with just about any meat that you can imagine. I am planning on making this tonight with crispy baked chicken and garlic green beans on the side. Yummy, as well as kid-friendly, the perfect combination.

I hope that you found this recipe useful. For more DealDash reading, check out our sister blog DealDashTips.com daily for more information. If you’d like to get a blender, food processor, or any other kitchen equipment be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has everything that you need for the kitchen. Just click this link right here and you can go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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