How To: Melt Chocolate (in a double boiler)

I will never forget the time I came home to a house full of random chocolate dipped items. My fiancé had decided to surprise me with chocolate dipped strawberries. However he eventually ran out of strawberries and still had plenty of chocolate so he went through the fridge and cupboards looking for anything else that he could coat in chocolate.

How To: Cook Hulled Barley

Hulled barley packs a whopping 32 grams of dietary fiber and 23 grams of protein in a 1 cup serving! Try using it in place of brown rice sometime or add it to soups instead of noodles.

How To: Make Almond Milk

Home-made almond milk tastes shockingly different from store-bought; it is super almond-y. Plus home-made does not have all the sugars and stabilizers that store-bought has. It only takes a few seconds in the blender and voila, almond milk that is rich in vitamin E, manganese and omega-6.

How To: Toast Coconut

Slightly sweet and super crispy, toasted coconut makes good food great! Try it atop oatmeal, fresh fruit, salad, cupcakes or even chicken.

How To: Roast Beets

Beets are low in calories (only 40 calories per 1/2 cup serving) have a decent amount of fiber and contain considerable amounts of iron, folate, manganese and potassium.

How To: Caramelize Onions

A versatile ingredient; caramelized onions are used to make French onion soup, can be added to a delectable pan sauce for meats, or even as a topping for hot dogs and hamburgers.

How To: Cook Pearled Barley

Pearled barley is very similar to brown rice, however it has slightly more fiber and iron, while having less calories, less fat and less sugar. Try using it in place of brown rice sometime.

How To: Poach Chicken

Poaching is a great way to enjoy some foods without the added calories of frying or roasting with oil and butter. Whether it is poached chicken, poached salmon or poached eggs knowing how to poach is a great tool in the kitchen.

How To: Make Mashed Potatoes

It may seem silly to have a post on something as simple as how to make mashed potatoes, but there are a lot of people out there who do not know cooking basics such as these. I myself had no idea how to make mashed potatoes until I was 20 years old.

How To: Cook Lentils

Lentils are an excellent source of dietary fiber and protein while staying very low in fat with no saturated fats.They make a great ground meat replacement in dishes like shepherds pie, meatloaf and tacos or you can add them to meat dishes for a boost in dietary fiber.

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