Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cooking 101: How to Follow a Recipe

It may sound silly, but something as simple as following a recipe can feel like a monumental challenge. After all, your mind is bursting with new tools for long-term sobriety; not to mention you’re likely experiencing sleep troubles and “brain fog.” 

To feed your recovering body and mind, it’s important that you learn to cook (and learn to like to cook). And being able to read and follow a recipe is the first step.

7 Tips for Evaluating and Following a Recipe
  1. Read through the entire recipe – and then read it again. If you found the recipe online, then you may even want to print it out. 
  2. Ask yourself if it’s a well-written recipe. In other words, does it have three components: ingredients, amount of ingredients, and preparation instructions? Does it spell out pan size, cooking temperature, and how much of each ingredient to use? 
  3. Before you begin cooking, check out the nutritional information. Is the recipe high in fat, salt, or sugar? (If so, you’ll want to skip it.) Does it use mostly whole foods? 
  4. During the second read, highlight or circle any of the important steps. This is also the time to research any cooking methods or cutting styles that are unfamiliar or confusing to you.
  5. Take special note of the time allotted for the recipe – and make sure you have ample time to complete the task at hand. 
  6. Jot down all of the recipe ingredients and add them to your grocery list. 
  7. Set up your Mise en Place (MEEZ-ahn-plahs). This is a French culinary phrase that means “everything it its place” and refers to purchasing, prepping, and pre-measuring all of the ingredients prior to making the dish. This process of cooking is said to be more efficient and helps prevent you from making mistakes or missing ingredients.

Nutritional Guidance at Rising Roads
Rising Roads offers weekly nutrition classes, in addition to shopping preparation and cooking classes. The camaraderie of cooking together, gaining new skills, learning new recipes, and enjoying the process is a positive move forward. To learn more, call 866-746-1558.

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