Our Most Important Healthy Cooking Tip

  • By Jess Dang
  • March 4, 2014

See our most important healthy tip in our latest ‘Dear Cook Smarts’ video or find out the answer in the the blog post below:


Our Secret to Cooking More Veggies

Discover our secret to cooking more veggies and eating healthier in this video.

Have you ever felt lied to by a recipe?

It tells you, “I’ll only take 30 minutes to prepare. I’m easy!” and 1 hour later, you still have a pile of un-prepped veggies but find yourself standing in a disaster zone of a kitchen nowhere near a finished dinner.

Kitchen disaster photo by Liquene
{Image courtesy of Liquene}

We’ve all found ourselves in this frustrating situation. We wonder why we even bothered and swear off cooking. I clearly don’t want you to do that, so I’ve built something that is going to help you become more efficient in the kitchen and live a healthier lifestyle too.

I believe that one of the biggest roadblocks to healthier living is that we just don’t eat enough veggies. Americans especially are veggie deprived. Only 23% of our meals include a vegetable (and that counts French fries!) and on average we get less than 50% of the USDA recommended veggie consumption amounts.

We all know that vegetables do a body good. They’re chock full of nutrients that ward of illness. They make your skin glow, keep our bodies trim, and help you do your #2 with ease.

We all want those health benefits and would cook a lot more veggies but are afraid of dealing with the situation I described earlier. Wrestling a butternut squash for 30 minutes is the last thing you want to do after a long day. So how do we ensure that we eat more of this food group? My answer: “Get a sharp knife and learn how to properly prep them!”

If you’ve never experienced a sharp knife, it’s kind of magical. I used to bring my own set of knives to cooking lessons, and my students were just shocked with how swiftly they could cut through a carrot or a potato. If you don’t believe me, swing by my kitchen. I’d be happy to let you test drive these sleek babies. There’s no need to run out and get a new knife though. Just take your current one to get sharpened – a quick search on Yelp will surely turn something up.

The second part of my answer will take some work and practice from you, but I’m sure we’ve all learned by now that nothing awesome ever happened with no effort. However, I want to make it as easy as possible for for you, so I created 25 new pages (and more are coming) on our site to help you navigate efficient vegetable prep.

Cook Smarts All-in-One Produce Prep Guide via @cooksmarts

If you’re a member of our meal plan service, these videos are directly embedded into our recipes so that you can easily get prepping guidance and build your cooking skills while making dinner. How awesome is that?

The next time you find yourself with a veggie-heavy recipe, don’t run away or get stressed. Just head over to our ‘All-in-One Produce Prep Guide’ and click on the vegetable you need help prepping. Hopefully we have a video ready to go for you and if not, you can request it by sending us a tweet.

For now, have fun browsing through our new ‘All-in-One Produce Prep Guide’ and let us know what vegetable you’re most excited to learn how to prep better in the comments!

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