Get Nutritious in the Kitchen

Lemony Lentil Salad with Feta
Lemony Lentil Salad with Feta – 2 Guiding Stars

Whether you’re just learning to cook or are looking to expand your skills into a specific area, we’d like to help. Our cooking advice tends to focus on preparing delicious food that’s packed with nutrition. We showcase recipes that earn Guiding Stars. This means that they have more of the nutrients we should each more of and fewer of the food qualities we should limit.

Cooking to focus on nutrition is a unique skill in itself, of course. We strive to help folks discover ways to improving nutrition in the dishes they already love to cook. This collection of posts will help you get started with more nutritious cooking in a wide variety of areas.

A Few Fundamentals

Apple-Date Torte
Apple-Date Torte – 3 Guiding Stars

How to Make Date Paste

In baking to improve nutrition, one of the key elements is reducing added sugar. Date paste can be used much like brown sugar, but offers the nutritional benefits of dates.

Say Hello to My Lentil Friends

If you want cheap, flexible, and nutritious in your meals, you need to learn how to play nicely with lentils.

Scraps & Stock

You can spend money on broth or bouillon…or you can turn your food scraps into cheap and convenient stock. Homemade can be lower in sodium and higher in flavor than storebought.

Meal Prepping

Sweet Potato Chili
Sweet Potato Turkey Chili – 2 Guiding Stars

Meal Prepping for Real Life

We recognize that not all of the meal prepping advice out there is grounded in reality. These tips help you draw from the idea to save time without having meal prep overtake your life.

One-Pot Meals

Having fewer dishes to wash makes everyone happier. These tips will help you plan for easy clean-up with great nutrition.

Blueprint for Pantry Cooking

We break down the process for turning your pantry odds and ends into a nutritious and tasty meal.

Blueprint of a Freezer Meal

The convenience of dumping a bag of frozen stuff into some heating contraption and ending up with a fresh meal is high. Here are some tips for doing it in a balanced way.

Budget Cooking

Chicken Tostada
Chicken Tostada – 2 Guiding Stars

Five Meals for a Family of Four for $10

That is to say: $10 for twenty meal portions. An entire work week worth of dinners. This set is built around buying boneless, skinless chicken breast in bulk when you find it on sale, so bookmark this article for the next chicken sale.

5 Breakfast Ideas for Under $5 That Won’t Derail Your Morning

Breakfast needs to be filling, easy to eat on the go, and cheap. We’ve got a few recipes for you that fit that bill.

Bread Baking

Cinnamon Raisin No-Knead Bread
Cinnamon Raisin No-Knead Bread – 2 Guiding Stars

Kneadless, to Say the Least

I am a big, big fan of no-knead bread. If you’re a beginning bread baker, I encourage you to explore this world.

The Sourdough Sometimes Rises

This post is about why you should not start with sourdough if you’re a new bread baker. It also offers great alternatives and process tips that will help you set your feet on the journey to baking sourdough.

Slow Cooking

Slow Cooker Plum-Glazed Pork
Slow Cooker Plum-Glazed Pork – 1 Guiding Stars

Get Going with Slow Cooking

If you’re new to slow cooking, start here. Kitty Broihier, one of our Scientific Advisory Panel members, is also the author of a slow cooking cookbook. She knows her stuff.

Souped Up & Slowed Down

If you like soup and slow cookers, but your favorite soup recipes aren’t designed for slow cookers, read this article.