Friday, January 7, 2011

I use my Silpat everyday! Healthy Tips . . .

Even if it's just to throw some chicken fingers on the Silpat®, using my Demarle At Home products reduces waste and provides an easy alternative to fast food!

Here are some other ways these products make a healthy impact on our lives:

Never use oil, flour, or spray again. Not only does Demarle make everything come out perfectly, you save calories and/or reduce fat every time. Plus, take a look at your Pam cooking spray: the last ingredient is propellant. Do you really want to feed that to your family? Demarle at Home products also replace aluminum foil, wax paper, and parchment paper.
à      Cook roasts and chicken in the Sunflower Mold.  Drippings fall below the meat = not cooking in fat.
à      Roast veggies on the Flexipat® or Silpat®.  Make extra— use in future meals like stir-fry, soup, stew, casseroles, tacos, etc., adding veggies to every meal. 
à      Pop Popcorn with no oil, food dye, or chemicals.  More economical and better for our environment since there are no bags to throw away.  Place ¼ cup popcorn kernels in your Large Round Mold and cover with Octagonal Silpat®.  Microwave for about 3 minutes or until popping slows.
à      Steam vegetables in the microwave.  Place washed, cut vegetables in Round Mold.  Use Octagonal Silpat® as a "lid" to create tight seal over mold.  Microwave times may vary, but use the following as a guide:
*         Broccoli, Green Beans, Cauliflower ~ 3 min.
*         Corn on the Cob ~ 3 min. per cob
*         Potatoes (cut into 1" cubes) ~ 10 min. for mashed potatoes or 7 min. for firmer potatoes to use in a potato salad.
à      Cook ground beef or ground turkey in the microwave.  Place thawed beef or turkey in any mold and cover with Octagonal Silpat® (tight seal is not needed).  Microwave for ~ 4 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked.  When cooled slightly, twist mold and squeeze to drain grease.
à      Use the Roul'Pat® when rolling out any dough. No extra flour needed; that’s important because 1 cup of flour = 440 calories. 
à      Freeze fresh berries on the Silpat®.  When frozen, pour individually-frozen berries from the Silpat® into freezer bag and store in freezer.  Savor the flavor of fresh berries all year round.
à      Cook brown or wild rice in our Demarle Difference Stainless.  Make a large batch and keep in the fridge to go with veggies throughout your week.  Add veggies on top of rice during the last 4 minutes of cooking, and you have cooked two things at the same time using one pan.
à      Cook eggs in Demarle Difference Stainless without adding fat.

Enjoy Built-in Portion Control and Save Money by Freezing Leftovers!
à      Pour leftover stews, soups, casseroles, into an 8-oz. tray (Round Tray, Texas Muffin Tray). Place the tray on top of the Perforated Baking Sheet, cover with Silpat® and place in the freezer. When each portion is frozen, pop them out and put in a plastic baggie. 8-ounce portions make perfect homemade lunches or dinners; preservative-free and less cost than prepackaged foods.
à      Make your own baby food. Steam or roast your veggies; before seasoning, puree a portion.  Pour into Mini Muffin Tray and freeze to have ¼- cup portions of fresh baby food.
à      Freeze any broth, pesto, or sauce in one of our ½- cup or 1-cup portion Flexipan® Trays.
à      Make fruit smoothies. Freeze any leftovers in Muffin Tray; use as a “starter” for your next smoothie.
à      Eat just ONE Mini Muffin brownie when you need a sweet pick-me-up. Or even better, make them in the Mini Tartlet Tray and have a brownie bite. You can also substitute applesauce or canned pumpkin for the oil.  It is a 1-1 ratio.

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