Food is the fuel that enables me to do what I do. I have learned how to cook at a very young age alongside my mom, shadowing her on everything she would prepare for us to eat. To this point, I have been cooking on my own for over 20 years. I have experimented with a lot of foods, done tons of mistakes, but also learned how to make some amazing dishes. So, to make a long story short, how do I cook today?
After trying out lot’s of processed foods out there, from canned, to boxed, to frozen, I have come to the conclusion that food tastes best and makes you feel better when it is prepared from scratch, just like my mom did. I buy raw meats, I get fresh fruits and vegetables every week, I cook my grains and beans at home, I make homemade pizza and I bake my own bread. Do I use canned and frozen foods? Yes, I do, however, always looking for foods that are minimally processed.
In a nutshell, my cooking is based on nutrient-rich foods, using ingredients that are as whole and unprocessed as possible.
What about organic food? Right now, I am not committed to buying organic exclusively. I find that organic foods are way to expensive, and since I have a family of 6, buying organic will blow my food budget off the charts. I get lot’s of foods at Costco Wholesale, Trader Joe’s, Vallarta Supermarkets and Food Max Supermarkets.
What about food restrictions? I don’t have any restrictions. I eat all meats, poultry, pork, and fish. I eat all grains, however, personally, I must control how much grain I eat. I have family history of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, therefore, the intake of grains are watched here 24/7. With that in mind, I have also completely abandoned the Low Fat/Artificial Sweeteners ideas. So, my cooking and eating habits fall more or less within the Paleo and Keto principles, with a moderate intake of grains and starchy vegetables and legumes. Taking that into consideration, I also experiment with recipes that fall within the world of Gluten Free, Paleo and Keto.
To get my cooking done efficiently, I rely on a few kitchen appliances. I own a Kitchen Aid Mixer, a Ninja Multi Functional Blender/Shredding system, a Crock Pot, a Rice Cooker and my latest acquisition has been the Instant Pot, which is quickly becoming my favorite. I have been cooking with a stove top pressure cooker for years. Now, with an Instant Pot, cooking is becoming even more satisfying. Now I do lot’s of stovetop cooking as well, also baking.
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Preparing Zuccini – Zoodles (pasta substitute)
Meatball Red Sauce in the Instant Pot
Easy to make meatballs (Gluten free version)
Banana Pancake – Panqueca de Banana – Gluten Free
The Most Delicious Strawberry Chocolate and Cream Dessert
Take Along Quinoa Salad
Cooking quinoa (to use in salads)
Making Borscht (Russian Mennonite Cabbage and Vegetable Soup)
Oats, Quinoa and Whole Wheat Bread
Cooking quinoa (to use in bread baking)