*Substitution Chart for Nut Flours and Gluten-Free Flour * How to Find and Prepare Rhubarb * Easy Meal-Prep Solutions * Homemade Chili Powder * Convert Slow Cooker LOW to HIGH Times*
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Now for a peek into the kitchen hacks I’ve been testing this week:
1) Substitution Chart for Gluten-Free and Nut Flours
Jamila @No Nonsense Nutrition
This is one of the best substitution charts I’ve seen. Registered dietitian, food scientist and baker Jamila Rene developed this comprehensive chart on how to substitute nut flours, oat flour, coconut flour and even protein powder for all-purpose flour – and visa versa.
Jamila’s chart also contains helpful substitutions for dairy milk and vegan milk beverages. She even has sweetener substitutions like maple syrup or honey for erythritol, plus stevia subs.
To test her chart, I made Deanna’s Gluten-Free Lemon Coconut Scones using Jamila’s conversion for coconut flour to all-purpose flour (not a 1:1 ratio.) The scones came out tender and yummy when I – as directed on the chart – added extra liquid (I used an extra 1/2 cup of homemade kefir.)
2) Homemade Chili Powder
Adrienne @Whole New Mom
Since I cook Mexican or chili-flavored food at least once a week, I go through a lot of chili powder. However, some of the spices that are actually in chili powder (like paprika and oregano) sit in my spice drawer unused. To save money – and keep fresher spices on-hand – I started making Adrianne’s Best Basic Chili Powder recipe.
Use it in: Margarita Turkey Chili, Naked Chicken Burrito Bowls, on Deanna’s Homemade Tortillas
3) An Easy Way to Convert Slow Cooker LOW to HIGH Times
Straight from the original source, CrockPot.com helps you convert slow cooker cooking times in a recipe. When a recipe reads ‘Cook on LOW for 7 hours,’ you can also ‘Cook on HIGH for 3 hours.’
The site also has helpful info on how to cook cuts of meat a crowd if you don’t have a recipe; for example, cooking times for a 3-4 pound beef roast or 6 pounds of chicken.
Popular slow cooker recipes: Slow Cooker Moroccan Meatballs, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Slow Cooker Mexican Lasagna with Chicken How to convert Slow Cooker times from LOW to HIGH + 4 more #HealthyKitchenHacks via @TspCurry Click To Tweet
4) How to Use Rhubarb…and How to Find It
Deanna and I love rhubarb. We have over 10 rhubarb recipes on this blog.
And I have a Rhubarb! Pin Board.
Are you new to rhubarb? To truly experience real rhubarb flavor start with a Simple Rhubarb Sauce of just 3 ingredients.
Can’t find rhubarb? We’ve heard from readers in warmer southern climates that fresh rhubarb can be scarce. So here’s what I shared with a Texan reader when she lamented that she couldn’t find rhubarb. Look for:
- Dole-brand frozen Sliced Rhubarb – in the frozen food section of many supermarkets. I’ve found it locally. Or ask your supermarket to order it in.
- Frozen and shipped from Frank’s Farm in Michigan for $30 for a 5-pound bag – which is enough to make 5 pies! This is a real deal, because on Amazon, it’s $35 for only 2-pounds.
One more thing: Don’t be scared of rhubarb. Have you heard the leaves are ‘poisonous’? Just don’t eat them! Even raw stalks of rhubarb are totally edible (especially when dipped in sugar.)
5) An Easier Way to Meal Prep
Marisa @UpRoot Kitchen
There are lots of meal prep strategies I’ve picked up here and there to streamline getting meals and snacks served. But dietitian nutritionist Marisa’s Top 4 Food Prep Strategies outlines them all.
As the school year ends and our new summer-activities
craziness routine begins, don’t forget to prep ahead for healthy snacks – and quick meals. Marisa’s simple strategies will inspire you.
Would you try any of these hacks? Do you have healthy kitchen or healthy living shortcuts to share? Shoot us an email – or share below in comments and we’ll try them out.
Kelli @ Hungry Hobby
Friday 13th of May 2016
I love this series!
Sunday 15th of May 2016
Thanks Kelli. We love finding them and testing them out Kelli!
Thursday 12th of May 2016
Seriously GOOD hacks this week, ladies.
Sunday 15th of May 2016
Thanks Katie! Let us know if you have any new ones. We're always on the look-out for really useful ones.