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Healthy Kitchen Hacks #26

Healthy Kitchen Hacks #26


*Knife Trick to Jazz Up Fruits & Veggies * How To Make Cappuccino Without a Machine * How to Make Instant Roux * Use Onions to Make a Vegan Cream Sauce * How to Keep Bagged Salad Greens Fresher Longer*

#HealthyKitchenHacks: How to Make Instant Roux, Make Cappuccinos at Home without Machine, Knife Trick for Fruits & Veggies, Vegan Cream Sauce Made From Onions @tspbasil

Another week gone by and another top five #healthykitchenhacks from our kitchen to yours! Let us know if any of these tricks speak to you….

1) Knife Trick To Jazz Up Your Fruits & Vegetables
via @CookingLight and @Epicurious

#HealthyKitchenHacks - Hasselback apples, pears, carrots, sweet potatoes and more with easy trick to make your produce fancy! @tspbasil

Ever heard of Hasselback Potatoes? Originated in Sweden at the Hotel Hasselbacken, they are like a baked potato meets oven fries and are made by simply slicing thinly almost all the way through the potato.  The result is a fancy looking spud with crispy ends, a creamy middle and seasonings dripping through each piece. YUM.

So, why not hasselback other produce like apples, pears, sweet potatoes or carrots? I tried Cooking Light’s Hasselback Apples and also used the same recipe to make Hasselback Asian Pears. Both were delish and a new way to make memorable fall/winter desserts.

Next, I’m going to hasselback these roasted carrots with green harissa as a riff on this recipe from Vedge.

2) Make a Cappuccino Without a Machine
via @TheKitchn

#HealthyKitchenHacks: You don't need a fancy espresso machine to make homemade lattes and cappuccinos with this easy hack. @tspbasil

Turns out all you need is a small jar, a microwave and a little muscle to create a foamy milk cappuccino or latte at home. Use instant espresso or strong coffee as the base and follow these instructions from The Kitchn to froth the milk for your finished drink.

3) How To Make Instant Roux
via Meme @LivingWellKitchen

#HealthyKitchenHacks - If you love Southern food, this healthier version of instant roux is a pantry must. @memeinge @tspbasil

If you cook Southern, you know what a roux is – a mix of flour and some type of fat (like butter, oil or bacon grease.) It’s also a base for cheese sauces like the kind you make for Mac n Cheese. If you love gumbos and étouffées – like this #SouthernWannabe (me) – this instant roux recipe from New Orleans resident, Meme, is for you!

4) Make a Vegan Cream Sauce with Onions
via @Food52

#HealthyKitchenHacks - Slash calories or turn your favorite gratins, soups and pasta sauces vegan with this hack for making a creamy base out of onions. @tspbasil

This technique is so simple: throw some whole onions (skin and all) into the oven and roast for a good hour. Cool, peel and blend with a bit of oil, lemon juice and salt until smooth.

The result is a silky smooth creamy base that be swapped in for cream or whole milk to slash calories or make favorite recipes vegan like soups, pasta sauces or gratins.

Note: this sauce does have a slight onion taste so would only work in savory dishes vs. desserts.

5) Keep Salad Greens From Getting Soggy 
via @Buzzfeed

#HealthyKitchenHacks - How To Keep Salad Greens Fresh #tspbasil

Another one of those “why didn’t I think of this before” hacks. One of the produce stands at my local indoor farmers’ market always stores their basil and arugula greens this way – probably because they are more delicate.

Place your salad greens in a large plastic bag, blow some air into it and seal it tight with a rubber band or twisty. The idea is that CO2 will keep delicate greens fresher for a bit longer – up to 7 days or so.

Would you try any of these hacks? Do you have 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.



Wednesday 28th of October 2015

I'm always so excited to see a new Healthy Kitchen Hacks post! I love the lettuce tip! I'm also excited to try making a vegan cream sauce with onions.

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

Thanks much Melaine for the #HKH luv :) LMK if you make that cream and what you use it for!!

Dietitian Jess

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

Always love these posts- I'm obsessed with onions so I really want to try that cream!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

Thanks much jess - if you like onions you'll totally dig the cream!

Heather Mason @NuttyNutrition

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

totally hasselbacking everything from now on. Those apples look great, also love the trick about blowing air into the bag!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

I know - I'm on a hasselback tear right now - no fruit or veggie is safe - lol! The air in bag of my lettuce is my new favorite hack :)

Aggie @ Aggie's Kitchen

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

I love this series!! I need to play with my fruit and slice it up hasselback style!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

Aww thanks Aggie! Let me know if you hasselback up any fruit :)

Amy @ Happy Healthy RD

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

I love a good hack! Hasselback apples and pears look delicious.

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

They are delish and probably my new go-to quick dessert for company :) I'm trying hasselbeck carrots and parsnips next...

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