3 Time-Saving Kitchen Tips

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Life is busy...super busy! There are hardly enough minutes in the day to get everything done and the last thing anyone wants to do after a long day is slave over a hot stove for hours.

However, believe it or not, preparing healthy, well-balanced meals IS possible to fit into our hectic lifestyles. All you need is a few time-saving kitchen tips...also known as kitchen hacks...that will shave minutes off your kitchen tasks and ensure you’re able to eat real, whole foods at home more often.

Enjoy these 3 time-saving kitchen tips and start reclaiming time in your day-TODAY!

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Kitchen Hack #1: How to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs...in seconds!

Do you DREAD peeling hard boiled eggs as much as I do? I feel like I’ve tried every trick in the book to make the peeling process quicker but nothing seems to shorten the tedious task of picking off small pieces of egg shells. Or, I’ll be almost done peeling an egg and BAM, a big chunk of the egg white comes off with it ruining my chance for perfect deviled eggs.

Well, this kitchen hack is going to be a game changer! This particular technique works best with a larger batch of eggs (5-6) so it’s perfect if you’re preparing deviled eggs for a crowd or if you’re planning ahead for breakfast options for the week.

 

Kitchen Hack #2: Cutting Cherry Tomatoes

Cutting cherry tomatoes is like a game of cat and mouse- you spend all your time chasing tomatoes around the cutting board trying to catch them! How frustrating! Well, this kitchen hack will do away with all that wasted time and wrangles in your cherry tomatoes (also works well with grapes) for perfectly halved tomatoes in one fail swoop.

 

Kitchen Hack #3: Shucking Corn

Shucking corn can take forever, with what seems like a never ending supply of silks.  This kitchen hack uses the microwave to help eliminate that battle and you’ll have perfectly shucked corn, with hardly ANY silks, in just minutes.

 
Now that you’re hopefully in awe of these fantastic time-saving kitchen tips and thinking “how did I ever live without knowing this!?!”...get cooking! Try the recipe below which incorporates all three kitchen hacks for a super tasty spin on egg salad.  Perfect for the upcoming warmer months….no mayonnaise so it’s potluck and barbeque friendly as well!

 

Southwest Egg Salad
Recipe Adapted from: RachaelRay.com
Makes 8 Servings

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Ingredients
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2 ears corn
4 hard-boiled eggs (use this kitchen hack)
1 ripe avocado
2 cups red or green cabbage, shredded
½ red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno chile, seeded, finely chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced (use this kitchen hack)
1 cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
Juice of 2 limes
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Cook corn for 3-4 minutes in the microwave. Shuck corn (try this handy kitchen hack) and cut the kernels from the cobs and let cool. You can also use grilled corn (see note below).
  2. In a large bowl, coarsely mash eggs and avocado into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Add corn, cabbage, onion, jalapeno, tomatoes and cilantro. Pour lime juice and olive oil on top and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Gently toss until combined.
  5. Store in the refrigerator, covered, 2-4 hours before serving. This salad will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  6. Enjoy as a wrap, in a flour or corn tortilla, as a topping for tacos, or even on top of a salad.

Notes: You can also grill the corn to add a nice smoky, yet sweet flavor. Whether you use a grill pan on the stove-top, roast the corn in the oven, grill it outdoors, or sear it in a pan, it's essential to cook the corn until it has some caramelization.

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Nutrition Information per Serving: 140 calories, 10g fat, 2g saturated fat, 95mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 3g fiber, 5g protein

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Ashley Bailey, MS, RDN, LDN

Nutritionist

Ashley is a Nutritionist at SAS Institute in Cary, NC. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Biofeedback Instructor, and has a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, running, cooking and crafting. Follow @abaileyRD on Twitter.

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