Thursday Kitchen NYC
Eating Healthy Can Be Fun!
With so many foodie websites out there, it takes something truly special to stand out. So congratulations on finding us! We aim to deliver a real insight into maintaining not just a healthy body, but doing so with a very satisfied palate as well. Believe us, it is possible to dine superbly – both at home and when out and about – if you know what to do and what to look for. Our team of culinary experts ranges from professional nutritionists through to chefs, food critics and some of the biggest names in the restaurant business. So enjoy exploring our site and we hope you dine well!
Tricks For Preparing Your Food
One of our award-winning chefs suggests that many of the principles used within the restaurant kitchen can easily be performed at home. These save time, reduce food wastage and will add that extra dimension to all domestic cuisine. Here are a few secrets they’re willing to share:
Preparation is Crucial
1) One of the best ways to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon is by enjoying cooking for the week ahead for those mealtimes where you want to eat well but quickly. Stews, soups, curries etc all store well and may even improve over a couple of days. Make some portions and put them in the fridge or freezer.
Learn How To Season
2) Everyone has heard of “not enough salt” but one of the best tips in the trade is how to combine salt with other flavors. Grind up your herbs with a pinch of good quality sea salt and your meals will taste so much better. Nothing is better and easier – plus it keeps for weeks.
Use your foil
3) Ever been tempted to roast but can’t face the inevitable tray scrubbing? Foil serves not just as an effective way of cleaning in a near instant, but it aids in the cooking process by radiating heat from all angles. Use it for the perfect baked potato – you’ll never look back.
4) Homemade dressings. Grab a half-empty bottle of olive oil and cram in whatever herbs you like. Shake it a couple of times a day and by the end of the week, you’ll have a unique and delicious dressing for salads – and also a great base for cooking with.
How To Design A Diet Plan
We’ve all heard about the millions of ‘plans’ out there for healthy yet satisfying dining, but it is actually easier than most people think. If looking to drop a few pounds, just use portion control – and these tips will make that so much easier.
1) Eat regular meals. Three a day with an occasional snack keeps the belly sated and away from grumbling. It doesn’t take much, just use common sense and try to make breakfast the key meal of the day.
2) Protein is your friend! It needn’t be meat – beans are just as good and arguably much better thanks to their mineral content. When combined with fibrous vegetables they will make a meal so much healthier and also filling. Try to incorporate both of these with every meal.
3) Size your plate. A great tip for portion control is to use a smaller plate. Sounds simple, but it does work wonders. Make sure that at least half is a nutritious and extremely low-calorie salad or maybe even a ratatouille.
4) Plan your meals ahead. This does not need scheduling. You can cook for a week and then pick and choose which portion/meal you wish throughout the week. Get home from work and not in the mood for a stew? Have a soup or salad instead. Effective meal planning involves variety!
A Perfect Dinner Menu
One of the beautiful aspects of planning your meals ahead is that you should be able to dive and delve into a wide range of foods throughout the week. What is better than a little portion of salmon/smoked tofu curry (it really does get better a couple of days after cooking) to make up the protein? Combine it with a properly baked potato – just as good when reheated – and a huge salad of greens, pine nuts, olives, and diced tomato. That’s how to make a very filling, nutritious and superb meal together in a matter of minutes.
For dessert? We’d all like a lovely cheese board – but maybe save that for a monthly treat. A bowl of lemon sorbet with raspberries and a little maple syrup is packed with nutritional goodness for a tiny amount of calories.
“By following these simple tips I was no longer confused in the kitchen! I work haphazard schedules every week and often late into the night – not ideal for dieting. By having a stash of delicious meals ready to go, I haven’t called in a pizza for months and now enjoy my cooking. It is easier than it sounds”.
“Having wasted goodness knows how many dollars on diet plans that never worked, I was desperate to find one that did. A friend advised me towards this site and now I know how easy it can be to prepare awesome meals that fill me up with far fewer calories. Great site with advice that makes it so much easier to prepare and plan for myself and the family”.
“I was on a bad run with picking my restaurants. Be it a date or family occasion, they just never seemed to justify the price. Sure some meals are ok – but why dine out when I could prepare better at home anyway? Well, the lessons learned here made me really think about when eating out was an essential – and my goodness what little gems I have found. Many thanks”.