“You are what you eat” is a familiar expression for many. For some it sounds like a joke, for others it sounds like a guide to action. Our health, mood, productivity and performance directly depend on what we eat. How do people who eat a healthy diet manage to eat healthy and varied foods when it takes so long to cook? How to cook food for a week, or even two, without using magic?
The main secret of fast cooking is the creation of semi-finished products in advance. These include vegetables, meats, nuts, fruit and vegetable purees, and smoothies.
And to create blanks, you will need reliable assistants in the face of kitchen appliances – for example, a blender. A powerful motor can grind and mix a wide variety of foods – from tomatoes to walnuts. In the same MaxoMixx from Bosch, you can prepare mashed potatoes or fruit at the touch of a button.
Modern adjustable blenders
The same healthy salad based on beets and nuts using a mixer is made in literally 10 minutes: chop fresh beets, prunes and walnuts alternately, mix and add a spoonful of olive oil. This sequence of actions doesn’t look too complicated even after a full day of work. Around the same time, Greek and summer salads are prepared. For lovers of different sized slices, modern blenders have adjustable speed settings. And a measuring cup allows you not to be mistaken in the dosage of ingredients – this is important for athletes who count every calorie, and for those who like to follow recipes exactly.
Another assistant in creating blanks will be vacuum technology (if, of course, your device is equipped with it). By evacuating air from a container or a special zip bag, food will stay fresh twice as long.
Thus, we can create many semi-finished products from vegetables and meat, screw up cutlets or make mashed potatoes. You can chop nuts to add to your morning cereal or yogurt, or make dried fruit shavings for a mid-day snack.
It is important not to lose sight of the fact that hot food is the foundation of a healthy diet. Here are some soup options that can be made in less than 30 minutes if your kitchen is equipped with the necessary appliances.
Cheese cream soup
We clean and cut the potatoes, boil them. When the potatoes are ready, grind them using the cutting attachment of the blender, then beat them with a whisk. Measure out the required amount of cream with a measuring glass, depending on the portion, add to the mashed potatoes and beat again at low speed, put the spices and return to medium heat. Finely chop the melted cheese and add to the saucepan, bring to a boil. Hearty and delicious soup is ready. It is convenient to take it with you in a container to work or warm it up for dinner.
Another great soup option is pumpkin soup. Unpack chopped onions, carrots, potatoes and pumpkin from the blanks. Lightly fry the onions and carrots directly in the saucepan, add the potatoes and pumpkin. Fill with water, wait for a boil and cook for 15–20 minutes, until the vegetables become soft. Do not drain the remaining broth, use an immersion blender to create a puree. The bell-shaped leg allows you to grind food directly in the pan, eliminating the blender from sucking to the bottom of the container and preventing splashes. Add spices and salt to taste, pour in cream and add chopped cheese. A few more minutes on low heat – and a quick, but at the same time very healthy pumpkin soup can be served on the table.
Another life hack for quickly preparing hot dishes is marinating meat. Unlike freezing, pickled meats are ready to cook as soon as you remove them from the marinade. The easiest and healthiest option is to bake the meat in the oven or stew it in a slow cooker. Fresh or stewed vegetables are suitable as a side dish: potatoes, asparagus, bell peppers. And thanks to vacuum technology, the marinade can be stored in a container for more than two weeks!
Vegetable and Fruits Chopper
By the way, for those who are not indifferent not only to taste, but also to shape, the MaxoMixx line includes a model with attachments that will allow you to chop vegetables or fruits into cubes. Homemade chips or fruit salad? Easy, fast and tasty.
Don’t forget about smoothies. Let this drink at one time become the hallmark of fashionable youth, it has not lost its useful properties. If you are not surprised with a banana, strawberry and peach cocktail, then you can think of another quick and healthy recipe. For cooking, you need avocado, banana, condensed milk and ice. Chop the banana and avocado, add ice and beat in a blender until finely chopped. Add 3-4 tablespoons of condensed milk and 100 ml of regular milk. Beat all this until smooth. You can add a little honey to add a sweeter taste to the drink.
Blenders from Samsung or Bosch, the same Vita Power, are perfect for making such a smoothie. The steel blades are great for soft foods and ice cubes. There is an additional hole in the blender lid that allows you to add ingredients right during cooking, without removing the lid from the glass. Another nice little thing that pedantic Germans took into account: the blenders come with a ToGo bottle, which is literally an additional glass for the blender. You can prepare your favorite cocktails right in the bottle, without using special kitchen gadgets and pouring the finished drink into a separate bottle. Less time spent, less dishes for washing – this is the meaning of modern kitchen technology.
As you can see, with the right and structured approach, healthy eating is not at all time-consuming process, and the time spent on cooking can be reduced to one hour a day.