How to Cook Rhubarb

If you are looking to add a twist to any dessert, consider adding rhubarb to your recipe. Uncooked, rhubarb has an extremely tart taste. (I personally like it, but be warned!) This makes cooking rhubarb an important step in any entree. In this recipe, we will show you how to cook rhubarb using the stewed method , which is easiest and brings out the best flavor.

This is how to cook rhubarb

Before cooking, clean the rhubarb and cut into one inch pieces. After you have prepared the rhubarb, combine 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water. Stir the sugar until is has dissolved completely. (And you wondered how something could magically become sweet just by cooking it.) Using medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Once the water has begun to boil, add in the rhubarb and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes. You may add extra sugar to increase the sweetness. When preparing the rhubarb, avoid using copper or iron pans. These pans can scorch the rhubarb.

Rhubarb is very versatile and can be served in ice cream, waffles or as a cake filling. Many use rhubarb as an ingredient in homemade juices. When serving rhubarb dishes, fruity drinks go best. If you are expecting, consider adding rhubarb to your diet. Rhubarb can reduce the risk of gestational hypertension.


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How to Cook Yams

There is a plethora of ways how to cook yams. Yes, I said "plethora". I mean it too. One simple and popular dish is the roasted yam. It's yummy, healthy, and extremely versatile.

This is how to cook yams

You will need the following ingredients:
- One large yam (cut into 1/4 inch slices)
- One teaspoon of salt and pepper
- Two tablespoons of olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place yams on baking sheet, drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper and bake for 30 minutes.

Yams complement many different food items such as hams, chicken, pork, beef, and salmon. They can even be prepared as dessert items.

Yams are also very nutritious ; they are packed with high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber but are not high in calories. They are a very versatile vegetable because they are delicious, highly nutritious and can be cooked and served in many different ways.

Here's to another Fantastic meal!


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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

A spaghetti squash dish can be easy, as shown below, but other recipes can also be as complex as any meal involving pasta, including tetrazzinis and primaveras. It all depends on your tastes and willingness to try something new. For now, let's stick with a simple recipe for how to cook spaghetti squash.

This is how to cook spaghetti squash

You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 whole spaghetti squash
- Sweet butter to taste
- Grated Parmesan cheese to taste
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Boil the spaghetti squash in a large stock pot of boiling water for 45 minutes. When the squash is done, remove and cut in half. Remove the seeds and set aside. They can be roasted like pumpkin seeds. Separate the pulp into long, spaghetti like strands. Serve tossed with the butter and cheese and black pepper.


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How to Cook Sweet Potatoes

Learning how to cook sweet potatoes is as easy as 1,2,3 and with very little effort you can have a new side dish your family will love. Learning how to cook sweet potatoes will open a door to hundreds of delicious recipes.

Here are two basic ways that are easy and can be finished in 20 minutes or less. One is salty and the other is sweet.

This is how to cook sweet potatoes

Recipe #1: Wash the sweet potatoes and cut in half lengthwise. Pour olive oil on the flat (cut) side and turn down on a metal cookie sheet. Place in 400* oven for 20 minutes. They will be brown and crispy on the flat side. Slather with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar. Yummy!


Recipe #2: Slice sweet potatoes 1/8" thick. Place on cookie sheet and sprinkle olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 450* for 15 minutes. They won't last long!


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How to Cook Squash

All cooks should know how to cook squash. There are many different ways to cook squash but the easiest is to steam it in the microwave for a few minutes with some lemon salt. Here is another delicious recipe for how to cook squash. It is called "Squash Casserole".

This is how to cook squash

You will need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups chopped yellow squash
- 1 1/2 cup grated cheese
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 3/4 cup sliced mushrooms
- 15 crushed Ritz crackers
- 3/4 teaspoon seasoned pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup canned crunchy onion rings.


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How to Cook Spinach

If you are interested in how to cook spinach, you're definitely in the right place! The simplest way to cook spinach is simply to bring a pot of water to a boil and then put your spinach in it for about ten minutes. You'll need a lot of spinach as it boils down quite a bit. You can also just wash the spinach and eat it fresh as part of a salad.

This is how to cook spinach

Another of the tastiest and healthiest ways I learned how to cook spinach is by making a fresh spinach and basil pesto sauce to go over whole grain pasta. It's amazing! If you like it and can think of a good name feel free to help me out. I provided the recipe below:

You will need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 peeled cloves garlic
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil


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How to Cook Zucchini

Learning a simple recipe for how to cook zucchini is easy. By combining the right selection of flavors you can create a delightful zucchini dish. Zucchini salad is an easy meal and very tasty. It is an easy creation and filling with a side of good, sweet bread.

This is how to cook zucchini

You will need the following ingredients:
- 2 zucchinis
- 1 tomato
- 2 small green onions
- 1/2 cup of grated carrots
- 3 T olive oil
- Dry parsley
- Parmesan cheese

Peel zucchinis. Dice first three ingredients and mix all vegetable ingredients into a salad bowl. Add olive oil and mix lightly.


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How to Cook Swiss Chard

Cooking Swiss Chard is not difficult or complicated and it is high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. It also contains an important antioxidant, lutein. It is inexpensive and easy to prepare. It is much like spinach, and has a similar taste.

This is how to cook swiss chard

How to Cook Swiss Chard
First, wash the greens and cut off the ends of the stems. Then lay the greens on a cutting board and slice them all up, put them in a four to five quart pan with two to three inches of water and cover. Let them come to a boil and then steam for ten to twelve minutes. Put plenty of greens in the pan as they will cook down a significant amount. You can put butter, a little salt and some pressed garlic for a more flavorful experience.


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How to Cook Turnips

Turnips are a very simple dish and can be cooked much the same as carrots. ( Click here to see our blog on carrots.) However, if you love fries, why not give yourself the treat of a healthier dish of these delicious turnip baked fries.

This is how to cook turnips

You will need the following ingredients:
- 3 medium-large sized turnips
- 5 tablespoons of oil of choice
- 1 tsp of ground black pepper
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of dried parsley flakes (optional)
- 1 tsp of dried chopped chives (optional)

Preheat your oven to 400. Cut the turnips into equal sized sticks. Place the oil and seasonings into a large ziplock bag, then place the cut turnips in the bag, toss, and let sit in the bag for 5 minutes in order to absorb all the flavoring.


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