Category Archives for "Cooking"

February 26, 2018

What Is A Zoodle?

I’m you’re wondering what type of food, the culinary term zoodle describes, continue reading to discover everything you need to know about zoodles. Including how to serve zoodles in order to impress your dinner guests.

What is a zoodle (zucchini noodles):

Basically, a zoodle is a noodle which has been crafted out of zucchini instead of traditional pasta dough. Zoodles are crafted from kitchen appliances called, spiralizers. Sprializers, like the ones found at, are perfect for making zoodles as they are easy to use and take minimal time.

3 Reasons why you should add zoodles to your list of favorite foods:

  1. Zoodles contain far fewer carbs and calories than traditional, wheat-based pasta

If one of your favorite comfort foods is spaghetti or fettucini but you hate feeling bloated after eating a serve of traditional pasta, you’ll love how light your stomach will feel after eating an ample serving of zoodles. Especially as zoodles only contain 1/8 the carbohydrates which are present in regular pasta and only contain 1/8 the calories of wheat-based pasta.

So if you’re on the hunt for a healthier version of one of your favorite comfort foods, it’s well worth experimenting with zoodle recipes.

  1. Zoodles are gluten-free as well as being 100% vegan-friendly

If you enjoy hosting your friends and family members for regular dinner parties, you may want to consider adding zoodles to your next dinner party menu as zoodles are gluten-free and vegan and as such as perfect for any fussy eaters who may be invited to your upcoming dinner party.

  1. Children love zoodles

If you’re a parent of small children, who aren’t keen on eating vegetables, making your own homemade zoodles is a great way to trick your children into eating a healthy portion of zucchini.

Fun ways to serve zoodles:

  1. Use zoodles to create mouth-watering stir-fry noodles

Simply heat a bit of olive oil in a wok and fry your ready-made fresh zoodles with soya sauce, garlic, fresh chili and an assortment of vegetables. Examples of which may include Shitake mushrooms, bok choy, carrots, baby corn, tomato and bell peppers.

  1. Use zoodles to create a healthy take on spaghetti bolognese

If your family has a soft spot for spaghetti bolognese, why not try making spaghetti bolognese with zoodles instead of spaghetti? If you want to make your spaghetti dish even healthier, you may want to swap out mince for grilled mushrooms.

  1. Use zoodles to cook fettuccine

It’s also well worth experimenting with using zoodles to cook a piping hot fettuccine dish, which your whole family will love.

  1. Consider using zoodles in an udon noodle soup

If you’re a huge fan of udon noodle soup, you can create a healthier take on a classic udon noodle soup dish by substituting udon noodles for healthy zoodles. As it is the flavorful broth which gives udon noodle soup, it’s great taste, you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between your classic udon noodle soup and your brand new zoodle inspired udon noodle soup.

So if you love the idea of experimenting with zoodles and are looking for a healthier diet, it’s well worth trying to prepare your very first zoodle based dish today. After trying zoodles, you’ll never want to go back to eating plain, regular noodles or pasta.

November 15, 2017

5 Facts About Cooking in Your Crockpot

In order to create a satisfying and mouth-watering slow cooked meal, it’s important to understand some crucial facts about cooking in your crockpot. Luckily, we’ve covered five simple facts that will help you use your crockpot to the best of its ability and produce delicious slow-cooked meals for the whole family to enjoy.

1. What to cook:

The most commonly asked question when cooking in a crockpot, is what order to put things in. If you’re slow cooking some meat and vegetables, a good general rule of thumb is to put firmer, root vegetables such as potatoes and carrots in the base and lay the meat on top. It’s also important to choose the right meat for crockpot cooking, which is fattier and tougher meats that will turn tender and retain moisture and remain juicy, over leaner meats that are likely to dry out.


2. Temperatures

On most models of crockpot, cooking on a low setting such as 170 degrees F will take about double the time of cooking on a high one, such as 280 degrees F. Be sure to use the right temperature for the right contents, and avoid being in the Danger Zone for too long (bacteria thrive between temperatures of 40 and 140 degrees F). This also applies to using frozen food, which should be avoided at all costs unless it is a prepackaged slow cooker meal which is suitable, provided instructions are followed properly.

3. Unplugged

If your crockpot was accidently unplugged, or you forgot to turn it on, or you tried to cook on the warm setting, then the food you used will be no good. It all goes back to the Danger Zone, and if your crockpot wasn’t on the correct setting, it’s likely that the content has been sitting between 40 and 140 degrees F for far too long. If this is the case, your best bet is to throw out the food and start from scratch.
4. Keep the lid on

The biggest rookie mistake when using a crockpot is taking the lid off during cooking. Keep in mind that each time the lid is removed; this will add an extra 15 to 20 minutes of cooking to your already lengthy cooking time. Crockpots work best when left alone for the correct time period, and when intervening such as stirring is not conducted. Any interruption will simply slow down the cooking (and not in a good way).
5. Take care of it

Like anything, your crockpot should be properly looked after to prolong its life. Crockpots are constructed with a ceramic insert, which should not be exposed to drastic changes in temperature otherwise it will likely crack. This means avoid putting the hot crockpot or ceramic insert straight onto a cold surface like the kitchen counter. It’s a good idea to lay out a dishtowel before placing the crockpot on the surface. This also applies the other way around – if you’ve had the insert in the fridge then ensure you let it sit to reach room temperature prior to placing it in the preheated base.

And there you have it, five helpful facts to keep in mind while crockpot cooking. Now you can prepare some tasty morsels for yourself or to serve guests.