Infrared Thermometers – How Do They Help with BBQ?

What is does an infrared thermometer do? The answer to this question is simple so the straightforward answer is it helps to manage the temperature, it infers the temperature. Why is it used? The use of an infrared thermometer is for convenience, it allows you to measure temperature from some distance you don’t need to get up from your comfy bed to check the temperature you can just sit and check it from there only. Like everything in this world has myth and facts the infrared thermometer too has some for instance –

• It allows you to measure internal temperature whereas it is not made for measuring the internal temperature it can only measure the external temperature if you are grilling and you want to check the temperature you would be able to check the temperature of the surface which is external and not internal.

• The 2nd myth is about the equal surface people think that all the surfaces are created equally but that not true the truth is that all the surfaces are actually not created equally it basically depends on what you are pointing your gun at once you get done with your deeds your gun send variations, variations which are called emissivity now you would be thinking what emissivity is so let me tell you emissivity is the ability of the material to emit energy (infrared energy).The chapter of myths and facts closes here.

Let me ask you a very simple question why do we really need infrared thermometers for our BBQ? Any ideas? We need it because it basically ensures safety; it tells you beforehand if it’s okay to pick that food item up or not. it helps you cook your delicious food perfectly, its fast in telling the temperature so there are fewer chances that you would spoil your food and it’s very handy. Once we eat the food we and some of it gets left we leave it outside only at room temperature and you know what happens next? it basically causes bacteria to grow so infrared thermometer helps you to save that leftover food which you wish to eat later on.

Infrared thermometers are very useful for the BBQ lovers as it helps you to maintain the temperature inside the grill or the smoker and it gives all the control in your hand , its all about the convenience and the control being a grilling lover I purchased it long back because I consider it to be a need and not waste money in fact after some time it actually starts paying for itself and I think this quality is would by a lot of people once you know about the myths and the facts, get cleared about what it actually does you start feeling the need to buy it.

Everything in this world that people buy are basically for the control and convenience we live in such a century where everyone wants to rule some want to rule on a big platform some on a small platform some wish to rule the country some wish to rule their kitchen when somebody wishes to rule their kitchen then all that they control are the appliances.

How to Marinade and Smoke Ribs on a Charcoal Based Grill?

In this small world who doesn’t love grilling if someone doesn’t love grilling that person loves eating grill food and that person probably doesn’t love grilling because she or he may be lazy by the way it’s not bad to be lazy somebody once said lazy people are sure great they find easy ways to do each and every task so if somebody would call me lazy I won’t mind and would take it as a compliment.

I have met a lot of people in this world some love spicy and some love sweet but what I have noticed is 75% of the population loves spicy and spice lovers be grill lovers too so many of them always questioned to about how I marinade ribs so I thought why not share the recipe with everyone at last everyone has a right to eat something yummy.

Ingredients needed –

  1. Sweet diced Onion (one)
  2. Salt (one tablespoon)
  3. Brown Sugar (one cup)
  4. Kingsford GR1031-014984 Charcoal Grill
  5. Worcester Sauce (one cup)
  6. Beer (12oz)
  7. Bay leaves
  8. Paprika(1tablespoon)
  9. Pork baby back ribs (12)

Procedure-

1. Take a sauce pan and combine onions, sugar, bay leaves, salt, Worcester sauce and beer

2. Let it boil for about 5 minutes.

3. Once boiled cover it and keep it over low heat for 15 minutes.

4. Once you get done with the heating, let is cool down for about 3 minutes.

5. Take a rib rack and cut it into a half.

6. Put the ribs into a large bowl.

7. Pour your marinade over the ribs.

8. Use a tong and keep turning the ribs, until the time they are properly covered with the sauce.

9. Take a ziplock bag and place the ribs on it.

10. Don’t forget to pour a lot of marinade into each bag.

11. Take out the air from the ziplock bag.

12. You can flip the bag so that marinade distributes evenly.

13. Take a large bowl and place all the ziplock bags filled with marinade and ribs into it.

14. Place the bowl in the refrigerator.

15. Marinate overnight.

16. Next day, heat your grill. Temperature needs to be 225 F.

17. Add wood

18. Slow cook for about 5 to 6 hours.

19. Keep in mind the inner temperature, the ideal inner temperature must be 170 F.

20. Take the racks out and simply cut them into single-bone pieces.

Now that you know the most loved recipe of all the time do share it with your friends or someday invite them at your place and make them eat what you make it’s always to show off your cooking skills and the best part is when you be the only one who knows how to grill food though it is not very difficult to grill meat but not all can do it I see grilling as an art I hope you to see it like that because grilling really is an art. How? If it’s not an art then what is it? You always have to take care of it and put all your heart and soul into the making so for at least me it is an art.

Greetings from New England

Hi. I moved to New England.

Because I simply do not have enough funds to cover the therapy bills should I wish to rip the scab off and fully discuss in detail the horrors of our move across the country, let me instead summarize with cryptic and vague bullet points and then we can all just move on:

  • Sub-freezing temperatures, snow, and no winter gear. In both states
  • It’s easier and far cheaper to check a gun as airline baggage than to ship it
  • 4 weeks with no cars
  • 7 weeks with no furniture
  • You shouldn’t pack wine bottles in a pod in temps that will hit the negatives
  • The washing machine and dryer disappeared
  • Dust on dust on dust and there is still a mysterious odor
  • A concussion paired with a trip to the ER
  • Random surprise bills/fees/expenses costing us into the thousands of dollars
  • Advice: never vaccinate your kids early
  • The hell mouth has been located and it’s in my basement

And if you would like to know what happened to my beautiful kindergarten curriculum, I can say it paid off having everything for the entire year completed in advance. Of course, it didn’t help having most of it in a pod for weeks on end which has thrown it totally out of whack and I had to tweak, push, and prod everything to get back on track. And we were on track until this weekend when the plague descended upon my little family and was highlighted with not one but two ER rooms and an ambulance. But come hell or high water I will finish this damn school year on time and without tears, and along with it, I will finish uploading all the missing weeks if you wish to borrow my curriculum for yourself.

Which now brings us to today and what is happening in my life.

First, we are short-term renting a house. Our lease is up this summer and by then we need to have decided if we are going to buy or rent another year, and act upon that decision. I was rather tired of dealing with winter moves and a short lease means we can break that cycle. We are looking at the possibly jumping town or even state, so at this point, I am going to leave our current location broad and unannounced. We are in New England, we are staying in New England, and that’s all I’ve got for you.

Speaking of, our rental house would be a blog post in itself. Maybe several. My landlady is nice and considerate and a good person, but her definition of finish is vastly different than mine. Her definition of the working kitchen is also vastly different, but I gave up silently judging for Lent so I need to stop the conversation here. So besides the occasional rant about having only a 2×2 work surface on which to cook, the smoking chimney, the severe drafts, the doors that won’t open or close, and the random ceiling coving flying off the walls and trying to impale me with its rusty, bent nails, I won’t get into too many details. She is trying to sell the house and I don’t want to ruin that for her. I also don’t want someone tracking her down and telling her I am complaining publicly about the daily plaster dust raining from the wall and ceiling cracks because that might hurt her feelings needlessly. And it isn’t hurting a buyer by the lack of disclosure because believe me, you can see these cracks from several rooms away.

I have resumed my cooking. And with it, I resumed my passion for needing all the stuff, which led me to purchase a pie bird, 5 Mason Cash mixing bowls, and Julia Child’s famous cookbook. Which do not fit in my kitchen with the 2×2 work surface?

I have started looking into next year’s curriculum. If you were paying attention, this means I am not currently in Vermont since Vermont requires the whole damn thing to be done and submitted no later than yesterday. But I did purchase the main bulk of the textbooks by that date and started to organize the non-text book based classes and draft the grade book spreadsheets. I should be able to put up some curriculum notes soon. I know you are just so excited.

I haven’t resumed running as I am still having issues with my lower extremities. The house being questionably stable and certainly in no way level isn’t helping. Ah, well. Baby steps. I am sure to get in my 10,000 steps a day. Sweeping plaster dust eats up a good few thousand alone. At least I am not Couchy McCouchersons.

And I have resumed blogging. As you can see. I am sure it will be sporadic at best but then, whatever. I am not doing this for money nor am I in any way professional. I haven’t yet resumed writing the next novel but that will come when the dust settles. Not literally because oh my gosh seriously the dust never settles in this house.

My First Day as a Single Mom

Finally I can share some news! The Husband landed a new job which involves travel, travel, and more travel. This first project can last weeks, months, or even years. We don’t know. No one knows. But boy I hope someone starts to know pretty quickly.

For him it is miserable. No one melting down at full volume at the worst possible moment, no one kicking him in the face as they crawl into bed with him at 2 am, no one watching him go to the bathroom every flipping time. He gets to eat from his Pit Boss Grills 340 Wood Pellet Smoker when he wants, has a maid clean up his room daily, can explore fabulous cities, and will spend his time with adults doing adult things and having adult conversation. I don’t honestly know how he is going to make it through this. Totally sucks to be him. I get to experience our kids twenty-four-freaking-seven totally up in my face not leaving me alone for a nanosecond. Sweet goodness I won this coin toss. Alone time is overrated. So I have heard.

But coupled with this awesome new single mom title is a super tight tight tight budget. Because we are going to have to move and moving costs money and the sooner we do the sooner I can cease being single mom. I know. Day one and I am already prepared to give up the title. Clearly I am ungrateful. And undeserving.

Where we will end up is any one’s guess- that guess heavily weighing on that aforementioned anyone who has the magic answer to how long the current project will run and where next project will be located. Because the husband keeps threatening to hang it all and move us to Vermont and he totally means it.

Either that or he wants to move across town to this charming 1979 two story ranch loaded with original features including not one but two faux stone fireplaces, low popcorn encrusted ceilings, period tile super glued to the subfloor, and a burgundy kitchen that looks remarkably like the coagulated aftermath of a pig slaughter gone horribly, horribly wrong. Oh and it butts up to BLM land. In the high desert. You know, the place that is dirt, dirt, and more dirt and will only ever be dirt except that one day it floods and becomes super sticky mud? I will never have anything clean ever again. But hey, bonus! All that wind stirring it up will naturally exfoliate me and within a month I will lose at least five pounds in skin alone. Who needs those top seven layers?

I told him I wanted a project. What I meant was a gorgeous 4000 square foot Queen Anne loaded with original features in beautiful Schenectady. I want to spend my life battling lead paint and drafty windows, not black widow spiders and rattle snakes.

So here you are in my journey with me. His journey started this morning as he embarked on his twelve hour travel path through half a dozen airports because where we live and where he is assigned are remarkably the only two places in this entire country that don’t seem to connect to any mutual hub stream. At all. None.

Which is why I am single mom for a (please please please let it be) limited time while the powers that be determine the place he shall be and the length he shall be there so we can live at least in the same time zone. And if the powers that be especially love me, they will make sure it isn’t in Vermont.

But, good news, I survived day one. Almost.

The teen is about to blast through the door between work and her date tonight, the two youngest are watching what is probably an age inappropriate movie instead of sleeping, and I know there is one bag of peanut butter cups downstairs that is the sum total of our contribution for trick or treaters and at this rate I may have to keep the lights off and just hide in a closet the whole night because I. Need. Them. Now.

That aside, we ate meals on time. And the dishes were done. And we brushed our teeth. And I managed to pack two boxes. And I made a shopping list to go with my new meal plan for my new budget. And no one died, got mutilated, or got slapped with an anti-social behavior order and ended up on probation. So I survived. Hooray for me.

Rambling Thoughts

Just another journal entry today.

Sewing:
I finished the olive green dress. Well, mostly finished. I did mainly French seams but the few I did standard need to be finished. I also need to add a second dart, the hook and eye, and a bit of trim. I know, the same stuff I have been needing to add for the last week and a half. I think I will make today a sewing day and get that sorted out. Maybe.

I also have two sweaters I am altering using a method I saw on Pinterest. They are both excessively large on me, but warm and wooly and free. The concept is to sew along the existing seams, trim, then seal the seam by running a zig-zag stitch that just scootches off the edge. Basically, it is mimicking a serged seam. Let’s see if this fake-it version works. If not, I have been meaning to whip up some bias tape and will seal the seams with that and hope for the best.

I am being gifted a few yards of material from my Mother-in-Law which should arrive end of next week or so. I only know it is tricot and “t-shirt like.” What weave, what weight, and what yardage is unknown but I am excited all the same. She said it was to make dresses, but she also greatly underestimates how big I am. Which, I guess, is actually rather sweet. It sure beats being thought of as a ginormous zeppelin. But when it comes to the amount of material she might not be gifting enough for an entire dress. It will be enough for a blouse or skirt, of that I have no doubt. I have several patterns in mind and can’t wait to see what I get to create.

Wardrobe:
The great wardrobe challenge is exactly that- a great challenge. For those not in the loop yet: My goal is to start wearing as few items as possible. Not quite a capsule wardrobe, but rather a minimal clothing allotment. I want to get over the societal pressures of having new clothes for every occasion, a huge walk in closet stuffed to the brim, and impulse buying. So for this, I need to have as few items as possible, with great function and scope, and stylish for the season/era in which I live but not absolute trendy. I decided to mimic the wardrobe levels of yesteryear but not the actual fashion style. I have been reviewing “typical wardrobes” of the 1930s and 1940s to do this, thinking that the depression and war years would give me simplest yet realistic base numbers.

So far, I have discovered the two summer dress method of the 30s isn’t sufficient. I think the key difference is I don’t wear the undergarments of the era- so the slip that would naturally add the absorbent layer is missing meaning they need to be washed more frequently. And since I don’t hand wash like my ancestors, this was expected to not be a problem as I can toss it in every day if I wanted. Only that in itself has been the very problem. My seams are breaking down, I already blew out one zipper on one of the dresses and had to replace it, and the fabric print is significantly faded. The cheaper quality lining material is full of pills and thinning. Washing even only couple times a week has wrecked havoc on the dresses. I haven’t decided how I want to correct this problem yet, but as summer is on its way out I have plenty of time to study and review before the next year’s trial.

Speaking of which, already my summer dresses just aren’t heavy enough and we have barely entered fall. And I live in the desert. I am having to layer cardigans, which is no problem, but also leggings. At this point, I might as well wear pants and call it a day. It would be less bulk and my skirts wouldn’t stick and ride up. The online advice says to add boots that touch or cross the hemline, but I don’t wear shoes around the house all day long. Still doing a lot of thinking about this, though I need to think fast or I am going to be awfully cold soon.

Homeschooling:
Elementary:
It’s pretty much status quo on the homeschool front. Winter is my goal to purchase the following year’s textbooks so I can spend spring writing up the weekly schedules. I may need to re-evaluate my choices because at this point we have way more time than money. I really wanted to avoid modular learning and instead, use a foundational course. It may end up that I have to make some hard choices and adjust my plans. I know, I know. First world problems, eh?

I am a few weeks behind posting my lessons plans- so getting caught up is on the agenda for today. We are starting week 8 on Monday. I can’t believe the quarter is nearly finished. The “every other-ish day or so” method of recording is working out well. I am also thinking of tweaking when we do the math- so far it is four days a week, which I am happy with. The book covers 130 days, which is set to the public school format of 180 days minus 50 for testing/non-learning days (parties and field trips). To make this work, the “every five days” assessments fall on top of a normal lesson, plus sometimes on top of a special hands-on lab, making it a significant math day. As in a good solid hour significant kind of math day, not even counting the follow-up work at the end of the day. It’s a bit much for a kindergartner. I am going to see if I can re-balance and use my 50 blank days for the assessments, making some weeks 5 and some weeks 4 lessons. It won’t reflect in my lesson plans this semester as I am going to just pencil it in. If it works out next quarter then I will make the change permanent for the second half of the year.

High School:
The teen is looking at a spring start to community college this year instead of fall next year. We discovered with 24 transfer credits she can skip her High School Proficiency exams, the SAT and/or ACT, and only be required to take the expected math and language arts placement exams because she will be entering her four years as a transfer student and not a high school student. No weird explanations, no pockets, no justifications for my GPA assignment. High school “won’t count” since she is already a college student so the worry about extra accountability for homeschooling is no longer an issue.

This is mainly possible because we know where she is going to University. It was an easy decision: in-state, because paying twice as much or more for non-resident fees, is stupid, and not the one close to home because she wants to “go away” to college. So that left an option of one, UNLV (University of Las Vegas). Additionally, our local community college has a direct transfer program to UNLV and academic advisers on campus. She can, and is, ensuring that she not only has 24 transferable units but those 24 will satisfy her actual degree and streamline the whole transfer process through their special intake system. As for acceptance- they have an 85% rate. I am thinking with her projected GPA and following their special intake policies, it’s a safe gamble to put all our eggs into this one basket.

With all this in mind, we are focusing hard on her completing what she needs to get proper placement in math/language arts levels and completing the courses she won’t need for her degree (she is an engineering major) but does need for having a balanced and well-rounded education. Because of life. Once she starts the community college, she will be keeping up her foreign language, programming, and literature courses at home. It won’t be for credit, but it will be for her balanced knowledge.

Looking at this process, I am re-evaluating what the little ones will do once they get to high school. The idea was to send them, possibly, to a public four-year. But now I am thinking I may keep them home until 16 and then follow the “off to college” route their eldest sister is doing. As for social development, it isn’t going to increase suddenly because they hit puberty. All stages of life need social interaction. While they will miss things like the prom (unless they are the dates of a public school child) and yearbooks, they won’t miss out on friends, peer clubs, and group activities. And I am not worried about age. There are so many high-school-on-college-campus programs they will be with plenty of their same age group. They will also have the added bonus of the age groups above their own, thereby strengthening their ability to mix in society.

The Great Ugly:
There have been some positive developments on that which is sucking the energy out of me right now. Hopefully, we will have turned the corner by the end of the month, and it is looking like this is what is going to happen if everything continues at its current pace. There are still so many questions left unanswered, the main one being where on earth we are going to live. So far, Vermont isn’t an option (hooray) but one of the other diamond states is. Staying local has now pushed its way to the most likely option and for that I am thankful. We have built up such a wonderful base of friends that I hate to leave them so soon. In the end I know that it is what it is. When you put your trust in God there is no fear, no regret, and from what I have experienced, no being idle. This stone is certainly not destined to gather any moss.

And bonus- if we stay local we may still move rentals. This means NO MORE NASTY OLIVE GREEN CARPET. Oh, happy day! Now, of course, saying that, I probably just guaranteed us one more year in this house. Le sigh.

The Novel:
It isn’t writer’s block. It’s a secondary character who keeps trying to push into primary position. Since she wants everything to be about her, I am thinking of letting it be about her. I am toying with the idea of splicing the former main character’s story into her own. It will be a complete rework, but if I am to the point of not even writing anymore because I am annoyed with how it is going, then what is the point of going that direction? Best to scrap it and start again.

So here I go. Starting again. So much for finishing it this year. My goal is to write a book I am happy with not write a book to meet an arbitrary deadline. Since it will make me happy to do this, this is what I do.

5 Tools Everyone In The Electric Smoker Industry Should Be Using

  1. Cleaning and Maintenance Tools:

 It is important to take proper care of an electric smoker. Better and advanced the technology is, more will be its maintenance. The most basic cleaning tool of an electric smoker is a brush. This is something that the user must keep handy for its cleaning purpose.The other maintenance tools such as specific liquids vary from product to product and model to model. It’s crucial that one uses a liquid that is specifically made for a particular smoker’s cleaner. The reason why it is so important is, is that a little negligence might cost the customer a huge amount.

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  1. Tools and BBQ Utensils:

The next must have tool is obvious. These should be the tools that would facilitate in the smoking of food. BBQ utensils are one of the essentials. These include utensils such as Stainless steel meet claws, mighty spatula, grilling forks, tongs, basting brush. They say, the more, the better. We’d also say that the finer a tool like saying a fork is, the better would it be. This works for everyone who’d like to win the ‘Best presentation of the dish’ award by their guests. 😀 

  1. Charcoal and Smoker Accessories:

For an electric smoker industrialist or user, it is important to know how to use the advancements. Wood chunks and wood chips are necessary for an electric smoker such as Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker. Now, there is a variety to choose from. These include; Whiskey wood chunks, apple wood chunks, cherry wood chunks to name a few. A charcoal chimney, charcoal manager, charcoal starter and hot blocks ceramic radiants are important too. Even though we keep repeating how technology has changed a lot of things, but some electric smokers require a specific ‘type’ of charcoal. The one thing the user should be careful about is the compatibility of the charcoal and the other smoking accessories.

  1. Cookware and Rotisseries:

It would be a cherry on the top to have a variety of utensils that have a rotating spit for roasting and barbecuing meat. For this, we have utensils like Grill infusion cooker, pizza pan, roaster basket, grilling planks, rotisserie adaptor to name a few. Porcelain topper and pan are important to have, too.

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  1. Other Grilling Accessories:

To sum up, we have a list of some other accessories that would only do you good.

  • Grill covers top the list since they will always protect your griller/smoker/barbecue from a maximum number of physical damages.
  • Clean out tools will help keep the machine tidy and in place.
  • A cooler bag to keep the veggies and meat fresh are good to go!
  • Emergency plugs and switches.
  • Hand gloves for safety purpose.

Most importantly, apart from these regular tools and accessories, first aid is a must. Come what may, one must be prepared for a quick first aid in the time of a mishap.

“Eat your vegetables” – Another reason why moms are always right

She is an epitome of perfection, speaking volumes about sincerity, honesty and integrity, this God gifted figure considers her family and near ones to be her utmost priority as she burns the midnight oil just to care for them.

She is a WOMAN.

She is a MOTHER.

We might as teenagers look upon our mothers as a force that is binding us from enjoying our lives and doubting their each and every action and even lack the perspective to see the truth in the things they told us. Children start seeing their parents as hypocritical. However, the truth lies in the fact that mothers are always right no matter what the situation is. The primary reason could be that they are far more experienced, have seen lives far more than her children and knows what’s better.

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Some of the common phrases used by each and every mother are: ‘be nice to your siblings’, ‘learn to work on your own’, ‘pick your battles carefully’, ‘always stand up’, ‘never let me down’ and the list is so long.

And the most common and sometimes very irritating, humorous too is – ‘eat your vegetables’.

We should always try and listen to her for a simple reason that she will never think bad for us. She knows everything about you even if you don’t tell her.

And as far as this phrase is concerned, mothers always care for her child’s health and never wishes to take a small risk. We as children have been hearing this since the day we saw this beautiful world, since childhood and now after growing up, we do realise the importance and truth about this that vegetables should occupy the most of the part of our plates since eating vegetables reduces the risk of cancer and many other diseases. These are very good sources of vitamins and minerals. It ensures that people are likely to get fewer heart diseases, less diabetes and blood pressure problems. Also eating vegetables play a great role in weight management. Their fibre content makes us get attracted towards them. It’s like vegetables are a part of our everyday life, without them, we can’t function and so are our mothers.

Mothers for centuries have been proving their worth and their sayings as right.

Be it in the case of Lord Rama’s mother Kaushalya or any other significant mother.

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However, children are stubborn when it comes to eating healthy food and especially vegetables. So mothers who can’t see her children go to bed without food try and come up with different ideas to make it more interesting to eat vegetables. She tries to add fun while eating by making food colourful or arranging it in a different manner on the plates. Well, vegetables are something which we as human beings with the intellectual power can’t resist and not even can think of avoiding it. However, today’s generation fail to see this and then regret themselves for not having listened to their mothers once, who are always right.

So, life doesn’t come with guides or manuals, it comes up with mothers.

Respect her, value her, follow and listen her and love her and never make her go down..!

7 healthy alternatives to McDonald’s

The word ‘fast’ is no more associated to the word ‘unhealthy’. Rather it’s regarded as an intelligent decision especially for the ones who don’t have much time to work out in kitchens or the ones who are busy in their eat race. There would be no person who once would have not taken up food from these fast food joints after getting from a party or a late night meeting. Practically saying , we spent quite a large number of hours in our car and so we are required to eat outside but with a condition of it being healthy. Some people are still stuck over the idea of McDonalds being the best while some are way ahead of their time and making the best of it and interestingly McDonalds is falling in the top 10 list of the people’s preferences because of the new upcoming joints which promise much more. So some of the healthy alternatives to McDonalds which everyone can equally opt for can be :

  1. Jason’s Deli : The reason of its gaining popularity is that it’s one/fifth ingredients are organic. It’s the first restaurant concept to ban the use of artificial trans fat. It’s all about Choice , People and Food. It’s one of the most exciting thing in the menu is the Selections and Choices that customers can make for making their own sandwiches and salads.
  2. Au Bon Pain : This name may seem quite weird but this is what makes it special and different. It specials in serving soups , salads , sandwiches and entrees made from hormone free chicken , veggies and whole grains. The fact that attracts people here is that before you place your order you get to see the nutritional content of each meal , which according to them is a way to empower people.
  3. Tender Greens : It’s a very famous restaurant in United States , famous for using freshly picked up vegetables from a farm in Oxford. They use ingredients that are kind to the environment. It contains all from hot things to big salads and to mouth watering pastries and desserts. And that too all of its items are under $12.
  4. Panera Bread : This restaurant has won an award for the top honors for kid fare. It makes use of home made peanut butter with organic herbs on a whole grain wheat bread making it tasty and healthy at the same time. It has removed all the artificial flavours from its list.
  5. Chipotle : A very famous joint which has won very high marks for its usage of organic , hormone and antibiotic-free chicken. People love the control and choice it provides to its people over burritos , tacos and salads. Many of its dishes are even sodium free. chiptole

How can we forget about the Juice Bars

  1. Beverly Hills Juice : it’s been working since 1975. It’s believed to have lost a big opportunity if you go to L.A. And not taste this. They make use of any vegetable be it carrot or lettuce and what they transform it into is way beyond ones thinking by just adding banana or almonds or cocoa even. So this comes out to be an altogether different thing to try on.
  2. Pressed Juicery : Juices have always been healthy and yummy at the same time . They focus on making it taste great , making it affordable , making it simple and making it for everyone.they make amazing raw food , cold pressed juices and super amazing Smoothies to go. packed

Thus what we see now is the Improved Fast Food Chains which are emphasising of ‘Fresh’ over ‘Fried’.

Fruit salads – 5 ways to make it instantly more yummy

Health is wealth…

Good health equals to an important asset of one’s life and so to maintain good health you ought to have a balanced diet which contains all the nutrients in the same amount along with roughage and water. And interestingly the main source of roughage is salads. Salads are easy to make , very quick to throw up together and go-to anywhere anytime lunch. They are now given the title of Prince of Meals. And who is interested in eating the same old boring lettuce – cucumber-chicken or barbecue-vinaigrette every single day ?

Everybody wants a change , since Change is the only constant now! And making salad is no rocket science to learn , it’s just very easy.

So here I am with some very easy and interesting mix and match-ups with different flavours and textures without much to do in the kitchen to give you an altogether different experience:

  1. Add up new greens: lettuce every time may seem boring and old , so you can mix up it with spinach or romaine lettuce, endive or even mixed baby greens. You can also let go off the leaves and instead try adding tomatoes, celery , cucumbers etc. It will even make your bowl look different. salad
  2. Dressing up salads: it’s really fun to add up different sauces and dressings that will completely change the look and taste for your conventional salad. Olive oil is very easy to use. Even use of basic vinaigrette is easy to make up or even a bit of vinegar or fresh lemon juice too. To make it more of your taste , you can throw up herbs like oregano , basil or garlic as well.
  3. Some crunch adding: people always prefer something crunchy in all sorts of dishes. So let’s try to add some crunch in salad too. Using some roasted nuts , might be walnuts or even raw cabbage or raw onions can go. Even adding a bit of tortillas will make the salad go entirely different.
  4. Adding creativity and colours to your salads: you may add macroni or even pasta for more amazing flavour. If you don’t prefer lettuce or cabbage you can even use shredded carrots for the base. Even peppers and sunflower seeds would do great. So this time toss up vegetables as well.
  5. Let’s heat up things: adding one or two warm things will make it more exciting and change the texture of the salad. Hot chicken breast pieces, bacon pieces, tuna pieces or in case of Vegans , need not worry – tofu or soya can work out miracles. salad-2

So now it’s your time to do your bit and don’t let yourself be confined to what you see in television or restaurants or even just this , bring out your own style because salads are something you can’t ignore , they are very rich in vitamins and minerals which not only help easy digestion but also help in keeping our body fit and away from diseases. Apart from this , salads contain high fibre content and also act as antioxidants. So wake up before its too late..

Five protein alternatives for vegans that are just as nutritious

Say Hello to Plants!

Human beings since day one have been taking up proteins in some or the other form to keep themselves growing, just for a simple reason that it’s very important for our brain function and workouts. Rather they are called THE BUILDING BLOCKS of our lives.

Oddly enough people in our country have had a stereotype in their minds that we get the majority of our proteins from animals only.

Regardless of different opinions, even most of the environmental, health and humanitarian problems are because of the increasing consumption of meat and animal products. Also, they are high in cholesterol and saturated fats which are not so good for humans body.

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Thus by putting all the pieces of this jigsaw puzzle together, we need to look for some alternatives, especially for the vegans.

The sad truth is that people are still stuck up on the idea of their dinner plate being filled with meat; of all kinds and then a bit of vegetable and might be some rice. So according to me, an easy way is to leave the thought of how our plates look like and focus more on healthy vegetarian dishes.

Well, there are a plenty of sources of plant-based protein meals which can be eaten. So here we are with some of the best options ones can go for –

  1. Tofu: As far as the name is concerned it may appear a boring one, however, its main attraction is that it can be flavored in any way you want it to and helps in adding rich, chewy and creamy texture to your food and is highly rich in proteins.
  2. Black Beans: These are one of the richest sources of proteins and antioxidants and the most healthiest beans of all. One of an easy way to enjoy them is to make black bean burritos, but they can also be used in salads or made a vegetable off.
  3. Oatmeal: Oatmeal contain magnesium, calcium and vitamin B apart from having three times proteins more than brown rice along with more fiber and less starch. It is one of the best protein based breakfast to take.
  4. Vegetables: Especially spinach, black-eyed peas, broccoli, and asparagus. All these names may appear boring, but they contain a high amount of proteins and are even rich in many other nutrients. All of these can either be used as vegetables for cooking a dish or even in salads.
  5. Soya bean and soya products: There are so many easy ways to eat soya beans. It works as an amazing alternative food for the vegetarians as it can be easily substituted in place of daily meals of fish, meat, cheese, etc. protien-2

These are just five simple and easily available protein alternative which is quite nutritious and healthy as well. Since protein is the oil to the human machinery, you all have to decide now whether to let your machine have rust or lubricate your machinery make it function well.