Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cooking Games and Taco Salad

One of the easiest things to create for a healthy meal are taco salads. Of course, you’ll have to choose your ingredients wisely when you’re thinking about making taco salad as part of your cooking games. There are certainly ways to make it less healthy if you’re not careful about your choices. Start with a tortilla in a bowl. It’s better to use a real tortilla than a fried shell, but once you have your bowl ready, fill it up with grilled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, light cheese and other goodies.

Having some variety makes it easy for everyone to pick the item that works best for them and you can create your own combination of yummy things as well. Top off your taco salad with a bunch of salsa or a tiny bit of queso. You can also use a dressing like a cilantro ranch or creamy jalapeno to give your cooking games just a bit more of a kick than you get with regular dressings, but again, this part of the cooking games will be very much a matter of personal taste.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cooking Games and Candy

Candy isn't good for you. There's no doubt about it, but then there are so many excellent cooking games that are really tasty primarily because you include candy in the recipe. Don't believe me? Think about cookies - how would they taste without the chocolate chips? And what about ice cream? Plain vanilla is just plain without some crushed up candy bar in there to give it a delicious flavor.

Cooking games don't have to be anything extravagant, of course. Playing the cooking games is simply a way to expand your cooking skills, learn a few new recipes and enjoy yourself at the same time. When you embrace the cooking games, you're able to see just how much you can learn, enjoy - and of course - eat!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Cooking Games and Triffles

It’s a funny word – triffle – but it’s the sort of dish that you can easily whip together that looks great and is delicious to boot. A triffle is simply a collection of things prepared in a big dish in layers. The dish is glass so that all of the layers are visible, which makes these cooking games even more enjoyable. One of the easiest of the triffle cooking games requires no cooking at all!

Start with a  triffle dish, some angel food cake, fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Then, start building your layers. Tear up the angel food cake for the bottom. Then, cut up the strawberries, sprinkle with sugar and add for the next layer. Next, smooth on some whipped cream before repeating with your cake, strawberries and cream for layer upon layer of yummy goodness. Top with some fresh strawberries and consider adding other fruits to really make this triffle cooking game truly delicious.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cooking Games for Valentine’s Day

The best part of Valentine’s Day is finding something fun to make for your sweetheart. Your cooking games on this romantic holiday can be elaborate or simple. Make a full meal or just make a few cookies, but either way you’ll realize that baking is a great way to celebrate this month and share your joy with others, too. There are plenty of sweet treats that you can make for Valentine’s Day, but why stop there? You can do even more by making a full picnic! This is especially fun if you’re in school and have lunch together.

Your picnic can have sandwiches that you've made and some fruit you've cut up into a salad. Include some chips and dip and a bottle of lemonade and you've got quite a treat prepared for the two of you to share and enjoy. Then, for dessert, you can pull out the sweet treat that you've prepared and enjoy some brownies or perhaps a few cookies with pink sprinkles. After all, as we all know, it’s the thought that counts, and planning means you've put a lot of thought into your preparations!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cooking Games and Soup

The weather is still a bit chilly, and that means it’s time to do some cooking. One of the best, and easiest, cooking games is creating a nice soup to enjoy at home. Cooking soup is often easier than you’d think since it involves just throwing a bunch of things into a big pot. For example take the contents of my pantry at this exact moment – I have chicken stock, potatoes, frozen chicken breasts and quite a few almost-too-old vegetables.

This is the perfect combination for a homemade vegetable soup. Start with the chicken stock and cut it down with water if it’s too salty for you. Then start slicing and dicing. Simply cut up all of your various vegetables into small pieces and toss them into the chicken stock. Since the cooking game wouldn't be complete without something of substance, defrost the chicken, grill it p and then chop it up into the soup if you’d like or toss in a handful of rice toward the end of the cook time to really make your cooking games fulfilling.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Cooking Games and Brownies

If there is any special treat that we all seem to enjoy universally, it has to be brownies. These rich, chocolate treats are ideal for so many occasions, and it helps that they are easy to make and simple to enjoy as well – you don’t even need to fork to make your way through the pan of brownies! That is both good and bad in a cooking game, of course, since eating too many decadent brownies can lead to more than a few extra calories.

The next time you get an urge for some chocolate, indulge your appetite with some brownies. And don’t just go for the regular ones. There are so many different flavors and types of brownies to try that you should never limit yourself by trying just the basic chocolate ones. Make your cooking games a chance to try the different brands and styles of the chewy treat. Make brownies with frosting, with nuts, with chocolate chunks and with swirls of caramel. The more you try the more you’ll realize that brownies are perhaps the very best dessert around.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cooking Games for Potluck

The holidays bring a wave of potluck opportunities, and not all of them are easy to manage. If you’ve been asked to play some cooking games and whip up something delicious to bring to a potluck function, get a bit creative or stick to the basics, but don’t go overboard – this is supposed to be fun, remember?

Potatoes. You can’t go wrong with potatoes. People on all sorts of diets like to eat potatoes and you have plenty of choices as to how to prepare them. You can cut up new potatoes and season them before pan frying. Or create mashed potatoes with a bit of gravy on the side. They are easy to transport and everyone will love your cooking games.

Salad. A salad is another easy item to bring, and it has the added bonus of not being too hot to carry easily. Your salad should be a bit more than just a head of lettuce – try and make it more exciting than the basics, but bringing something green to a gathering shows a bit of balance in the cooking games as well.