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Healthy Kitchen Hacks #2

Healthy Kitchen Hacks #2

Healthy Kitchen Hacks is a weekly series on Teaspoon of Spice. We share fellow bloggers’ and our own favorite cooking shortcuts, kitchen tricks and “aha” ideas for making healthy meals a snap.

#HealthyKitchenHacks 2: Deseed a Pomegranate, Clean Your Wooden Boards, No Bake Chocolate Pudding,  How To Measure Sticky Ingredients, Formula Meals

Last week, we launched this new Healthy Kitchen Hacks weekly series (posted each Wednesday) with lots of positive feedback from you all – so, apparently we aren’t the only ones who look for kitchen shortcuts and healthy culinary tricks!

If you missed it, here’s last week’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks #1.

So, let’s get right down to it….here’s this week’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks that I’ve (Deanna) tried out:

1) How To Seed a Pomegranate Without the Mess
via Tieghan @Half Baked Harvest

#HealthyKitchenHacks: How to Seed a Pomegranate Without Staining

Old way for me: Cut pomegranate into wedges. Tap seeds loose with wooden spoon. Curse at the stains all over my cabinets, countertop, and me.

New way: Remove seeds underwater. Tieghan shows you how (I also cut my pomegranate underwater, so no stained cutting boards.)

Bonus: My 7 year old now loves doing this task and this hack even got her to eat pomegranate seeds.

2) How to Clean and Restore Wood Cutting Boards
via Courtney @Sweet C’s Designs

#HealthyKitchenHacks: How to Clean & Restore Wood Cutting Boards

Talk about one of those kitchen chores I never do. I’m anal about only using plastic boards for cutting raw meat/chicken/fish but my wooden boards take a beating from all that veggie and fruit prep.

I followed Courtney’s post step by step (I used coconut oil for final step) and what a difference in the before and after.

3) No Bake, No Added Sugar Chocolate Pudding
via Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

#HealthyKitchenHacks: No Bake, No Sugar Chocolate Pudding

Brianne calls this her Chocolate Pudding “Snack Hack” and I was skeptical as it’s only 3 ingredients with ripe banana as the sole sweetener.

But it worked! Next time, I’d add another half of very ripe banana to sweeten it up just a bit more – but the consistency was spot on. (I added a splash of milk as my batch was too thick to pour at first.)

4) How to Measure Sticky Ingredients

#HealthyKitchenHacks: How To Measure Sticky Ingredients

This is a hack I picked up years ago and it saves my sanity any time I’m measuring honey, syrup, molasses, peanut butter or anything super sticky:

  1. Coat measuring cup with cooking spray or a touch of canola oil.
  2. Measure sticky ingredient.
  3. Pour/dump easily into mixing bowl as the ingredient slides right out.

5) Formula Meals For Easy Weeknight Dinners
via Danielle @ Food Confidence

#HealthyKitchenHacks: Formula Meals - like this stir fry - make healthy cooking a snap.

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While I don’t mind following a recipe, I can’t live without my “throw it together” meals – no instruction needed.

Enter Formula Meals from dietitian Danielle Omar. She shares a basic template – like this Simple Stir Fry – and you adjust it for the ingredients you have on hand. A GENIUS idea for easy, healthy weeknight meals.

Would you try any of these hacks? Any healthy kitchen or healthy living shortcuts to share? Shoot us an email ([email protected] or [email protected] ) or share below and we’ll try them out.

Rebecca Gibson

Friday 16th of October 2015

Thanks for this post. All the hacks were very helpful. I liked the cutting board care tip, thanks for the link. Greets!

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EA-The Spicy RD

Saturday 7th of February 2015

So many decisions! Should I make Danielle's Stir Fry....Shine my cutting boards....Or, maybe, just maybe, make a batch of no added sugar, no bake chocolate pudding :-) Love all your hacks!

Sonali- The Foodie Physician

Thursday 5th of February 2015

That technique for seeding pomegranates is awesome, I've been doing it a for a while and it works great! Tip #4 is a lifesaver!

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