There are 5 sections of cooking lessons here - make sure you scroll down the page to see them all!

Section 1. Kitchen Basics

How to Measure Ingredients by Weight or Volume

 
 

Which Foods You can Freeze

Food Safety Tips

Important Cooking Terms

On the Stove Top

  • Stir-fry: Using oil or an oil spray in a pan

  • Steam: Adding water instead in a pan or pot

  • Searing: The surface of (typically) a meat is cooked at high temperature so it forms a kind of crust

    In the Oven

  • Baking: Using prolonged, dry heat

  • Roasting: Similar to baking, typically just at a higher temperature

  • Broiling: Roasting and turning the item to cook one side at a time

  • Braising: The food is first seared & then is cooked with liquid in a covered dish

Microwave Tips



Section 2. Cooking Equipment


How to Use an Instant Pot

How to Brew Coffee

How to use an Air Fryer




Section 3. Cooking Proteins


How to Cook a Steak

  • Be sure to use an instant-read meat thermometer! A good one is on this Key Products page. Steak should get to 145 degrees.

How to Fry an Egg

How to Cook Chicken on the Stove Top

  • Be sure to use an instant-read meat thermometer! There's one on this Key Products page. Chicken should get to 165 degrees.

Some notes:

  • Butterfly chicken breasts (cut breasts in half so they're thinner) if they're really thick

  • Sear (& cook!) for 2-3 min on each side - that's it!

How to Hard Boil Eggs

  • Place your eggs in a pot & cover with water - 1 inch above your eggs

  1. Add a tsp of baking soda and a dash of salt to help with the peeling

  2. Bring your water to a boil for 6-7 minutes (soft boiled, 4 minutes)

  3. Take your eggs out with a slotted spoon or tongs & put in cold, iced water

Match Protein with Veggies When You’re Cooking

  • In the oven, some veggies and proteins take about 15 minutes to cook, and some take 30 minutes. Match them together to make your life easier!

Here’s a list of veggies and proteins that take 15 MINUTES to cook in the oven:

VEGGIES:

  • Broccoli

  • Cabbage

  • Cauliflower

  • Green beans

  • Mushrooms

  • Peppers

  • Snap peas

  • Summer squash

  • Tomatoes

  • Summer squash

PROTEINS

  • Fish, e.g. salmon

  • Steak

  • Tofu

Here’s a list of veggies and proteins that take 25 - 30 MINUTES to cook in the oven:

VEGGIES

  • Asparagus

  • Beets

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Carrots

  • Eggplant

  • Onions

  • Radishes

  • Spaghetti squash

  • Turnips

PROTEIN

  • Chicken

  • Burger patties (meat, turkey, etc.)

How to Cook Chicken in the Oven

  • Be sure to use an instant-read meat thermometer! A good one is on this Key Products page. Chicken should get to 165 degrees.

Some notes:

  • Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes

  • Flip over once ~15 minutes in!

How to Know When Meats are Done

  • Be sure to use an instant-read meat thermometer! A good one is on this Key Products page.

  • 165 degrees Fahrenheit: Poultry; Ground beef or any ground meat (including burger patties); Leftovers and casseroles

  • 145 degrees Fahrenheit: Steak; Pork; Fish

How to Tenderize Meat

How to “Butterfly” Chicken

How to Cook Shredded Chicken

Some notes:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

  1. Place chicken in a small baking dish and cover with 1/2 inch of water; cover the dish with tin foil

  2. Bake for 25 minutes

  3. After 25 minutes, shred with forks!

How to Make Scallops

Some notes:

Spray your pan with an oil spray & make sure it gets hot

  1. Season your raw scallops

  2. Add them to pan, they only need to cook for 3-4 minutes on each side

  3. Squeeze some lemons over the scallops if you have them

How to Fry Bacon on the Stove Top

Some notes:

  • Start with a cold pan - cook bacon on low heat, remember "low and slow"

  • Use the tongs to loosen the strips and turn each slice to cook on the other side - keep flipping and turning the bacon so that it browns evenly

  • Cook the remaining bacon in batches: drain the excess grease into a bowl or cup (or use it to cook the next food, e.g. hash browns!). Don't dump your grease down the sink as it will ruin your pipes!


How to Cook Ground Meat

  • Be sure to use an instant-read meat thermometer! A good one is on this Key Products page. Ground meat should get to 165 degrees.

Some notes:

  • The meat should maintain contact with the pan for a little while in order to brown - you don't want to moisture to evaporate too much

  • Give the meat a few minutes to cook and develop brown color before breaking it up with your wooden spoon


How to Cook Pork Chops

  • Be sure to use an instant-read meat thermometer! A good one is on this Key Products page. Ground meat should get to 145 degrees.

Some notes:

  • Tenderize your pork chop & season

  • Lay the meat in the pan away from you so you don't get splattered with the oil spray

  • Cook for 4 minutes on each side


Section 4. Fruits & Vegetables

How to Stir Fry Frozen Veggies

  • I highly recommend using a non-stick pan. I love my non-toxic GreenPan one on the Key Products page!

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

  • I recommend fresh (vs. frozen) cauliflower rice - some brands I like (although honestly all are similar!) are on this Key Products page.

How to Cook Frozen Zoodles

  • I highly recommend using a non-stick pan! I love my non-toxic GreenPan on the Key Products page.

How to Cut Fruits and Vegetables

  • Highly recommend BPA-free plastic cutting boards because they're so much easier to clean than e.g. wooden cutting boards. There are some on the Key Products page.


Section 5. How to Cook Grains

How to Cook Rice

Some notes:

  • Add water & rice to your pot - go based on your rice package's instructions

  • Bring the water to a boil

  • Cover the pot & reduce the heat to a simmer; let rice soak up water & cook for the amount of time it states on your package

How to Cook Quinoa

Some notes:

  • Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve

  • Add salt to your water and bring it to a boil

  • Cover you pot, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes

  • Set your pot off the heat for 5 minutes

How to Cook Pasta

Some notes:

  • Add salt to your water & bring it to boiling

  • Thin pasts like angel hair take 4 minutes

  • Other pastas take 8-12 minutes