(Closed) Personal Chef here to answer your questions!

posted 4 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
326 posts
Helper bee

How do I add more veg to my diet? I can’t begin to think how I would get it up to around 5 a day since I don’t eat soups or smoothies. Could you list a few days worth of recipes that use lots of veg. Thanks! 

Post # 4
755 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

How come I cannot season things properly!?!?? I make breakfast potatoes and eggs and feel like I am putting waaaay too much salt and pepper and then when I eat them… Blahhhh Fest!

We are vegetarian and I feel like all my food is so bland but they tell you salt is bad.

Post # 5
2191 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@soinlove79:  I’m gonna chime in on the breakfast potatoes. 1. potatoes need a lot of salt, the absorb it. 2. you can try seasonings like garlic or onion powder, smoked paprika, or even roasting them with rosemary. 🙂 just a few tips of my own

Post # 6
2191 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@hopeandpray:  You can always make a vegetarian lasanga. I roast broccoli, cauliflower, crimini mushrooms, zucchini, squash, or any combo of them. Chop them up and put them in a layer of lasagna.

With eggs in the morning, you can chop and saute some veggies. Then add some whisked eggs to them. Scramble them up. Top with a little cheese at the end. 

Post # 7
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Perfect timing, and I’m going to go along with the veg theme here.

I’m going to a “comfort food” pot luck where 3 out of the 7 girls are vegetarian/pescatarian/vegan and I don’t eat fish. 

First of all, is it rude to bring something cheesy and the vegan can just suck it up? 

Secondly, do you have any suggestions for veggie comfort food?

When I think of comfort food all I think of are heavy meat and cheese dishes!

Post # 8
2037 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve tried to make beer brats before, once on the stove top and once in the slow cooker.  Both times they were pretty gross.  How do you make these and have them not be gross?

Post # 9
5065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@CocoLoco523:  sounds so yummy. 

Post # 11
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If I wanted to generally improve my cooking, what would you recommend focusing on first?  Knife work?  Sauces?  etc.?

Post # 12
1189 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Who are what are your favourite recipe sources for times when you want to branch out and/or get tired of the same old same old?

What are you key staples for grocery shopping?

Post # 13
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@edepp2010:  Thanks for offering! My husband is super picky, as in eats NO fruits and veggies and will not be swayed/tricked/pureed into it. He eats red meat, chicken, grains, pasta, potatoes. He’s healthy otherwise, but it creates challenges for when I cook (I love to cook) and limits my options. I usually end up cooking a main and side that’s catered to him, and then an easy side of veggies for me. 

Any ideas for some new easy menus that include a meat main, and sides with potatoes or pasta? 

And, any great recipes for short ribs? We’re thinking of trying them out. 

Post # 14
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia


Could you show us how to make spaetzle? I tried using the ricer, but it failed — so, I ended up rolling little dough balls and boiled them, lol! I’m not even sure how spaetzle’s dough consistency should be.

Post # 16
2497 posts
Buzzing bee

@edepp2010:  I usually do okay making sauces from scratch, but whenever I make a cream sauce from a roux and add it to the pasta, it gets all gummy and too thick. What am I doing wrong?

P.S. I love your butternut squash in marinara suggestion! Do carrots work too or would they be too sweet?

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