Top-notch Tips For Boiling The Perfect Pasta

Boiling pasta is not a Herculean task. Nevertheless, it is important to apply effective techniques to make your pasta boil perfectly, time and again. Is your quest for how to boil the perfect pasta? Using the simple tips in this article will help you boil pasta without any difficulties.

Boiling the perfect pasta (1)

  1. Use A Big Container/Pot
  2. Add Plenty Of Cool Or Cold Water
  3. The Addition Of Salt
  4. Add Your Pasta
  5. The Perfect Timing For Cooking Pasta

Step 1: Use A Big Container/Pot:

Boiling pasta with a lot of water is one of the key tips to make it perfect. The pasta will stick together or become clumped when boiled in a small pot without enough water. For five to six quarts of water, it is expedient to boil sixteen ounces of pasta in a bigger pot.

Step 2: Add Plenty Of Cool Or Cold Water:

One gallon of water remains the rule of thumb to boil every pound of pasta. During the boiling process, it is important for the pasta to have enough space in your pot to ensure free movement. The Italian dialect depicts that pasta should properly boil just like a fish. This implies that your pot should contain enough water to make the pasta move freely while boiling. Pasta will eventually display a gummy texture if you do not add enough water. On this note, it is your responsibility to add enough water at every interval when boiling pasta.

Step 3: The Addition Of Salt:

One ounce of salt is the perfect rule of thumb for every gallon of water used in boiling pasta. The flavor of pasta is enhanced by adding salt. When the water is boiling, you can quickly add salt to pasta. Ensure not to add salt to your pasta beforehand because it will not allow it to dissolve readily. If the salt did not dissolve instantly, then you may experience pitting. These are tiny bumps and dents that remain at the bottom of your pot.

Step 4: Add Your Pasta:

The pasta can be added after one ounce of salt has dissolved properly in the boiling water. At this juncture, you do not have to leave the cooking environment immediately. This will help to prevent your pasta from sticking together or clumping during the cooking process. Stirring regularly will also prevent the pasta from clumping. In the first minute, you can stir the pasta every fifteen to twenty seconds. Afterward, you can go ahead to stir your pasta every minute.

Step 5: The Perfect Timing For Cooking Pasta:

It is a good idea to cook pasta in an ephemeral of time than what the box dictates. If you want to be sure that your pasta is properly boiled, then taste it by taking a piece out. The boiled pasta should be firm and nice to your tooth. The timing of the boiling process will determine if you have cooked your pasta perfectly. Mix immediately with your sauce once you drain the pasta. This is a good tip to practice if you want the pasta structure to take on the flavor of your sauce. The starches in your pasta will stick to the sauce, making it look thick.

Snap, Crackle And Pop Spinach Pasta

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Ground pepper
  • ¾ lb. short pasta
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 8 oz. snap peas
  • 1 oz. baby spinach
  • ½ cup of fresh basil leaves
  • ⅓ cup of heavy cream
  • 3 oz. Parmesan

For detailed directions check out 20 Easy & Quick Recipes To Lose 20 Pounds

Provided the steps in this content are properly followed, you can go ahead to serve your friends and family the boiled pasta. Give it a try now.

 

Meet Eryn Rochelle: Healthy Hustle & Heart’s Chief Digital Information Officer

Some would say telling your own story is the most difficult task in the world. I would agree with those people for the most part. I will, however, make a valiant attempt anyway.

I’m Eryn Rochelle; a very creative and spontaneous person. I love technology, crafting, writing, music, and most recently health and fitness. I work on the editorial, design, videos and social media aspects of Healthy Hustle & Heart.
I was born 26 years ago in the great state of Texas. My life started very traditionally. I was born into a middle class, two parent household. I’m the oldest; my sister is 4 years younger than I am. I loved the idea of being an older sister from the moment I found out my parents were having a baby. I took my role as the older sibling very seriously. At age 5, I lost my dad to an aneurysm. This was devastating, but even at my young age I knew life had to go on.

My dad was so intelligent. It was my goal to educate myself and make him proud. I’m visually impaired. It’s one of the many things that makes me unique. This made my desire and pursuit of education difficult. There were few resources for children with my severe level of vision loss. I struggled to get basic accommodations throughout my primary education.

The severity of my visual impairment led to numerous surgeries throughout my childhood. These surgeries set off a series of constant inactivity as a child. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t go out and play with the other children. It was very isolating. I began gaining weight. I was never allowed to overeat. I didn’t have a negative relationship with food, but spending your days completely still is a guaranteed way to pick up extra weight. The weight gain wasn’t rapid; just a few pounds extra a year, but it took its toll on me. I wasn’t happy.

I continued to undergo various surgeries throughout my middle school and high school years. Most years, I started school late because I had surgeries during summer vacation in order to cut down on the days I would miss from school. My vision continued to deteriorate, but I was still determined to excel in my school work. I spent hours daily working on my homework. It would take me forever to complete the simplest of assignments. It was also important to me to help my younger sister with her homework. There were many nights I would still be awake, working on an assignment at 3:00 am. I went to school exhausted every day.

After completing my first semester in high school, my academic counselors suggested that I transfer to the remedial classes. I was hurt and insulted. I wasn’t stupid. There was something wrong with my vision, not my brain. They told me I wouldn’t graduate high school on the Recommended Degree Plan. My only hope for graduation would be the Remedial Degree Plan. They felt it would be best to transfer early, instead of waiting for my grades to slip and delaying my graduation.

I was deemed a lost cause. My vision was too poor to keep up in the regular classes. I just wouldn’t accept this. I knew I was better than what they thought of me. I continued to study hard and push through. I would make my dad proud of me.

After struggling for 4 years, I graduated with a Distinguished High School Diploma in the top 2% of my class. I received a full university scholarship. Graduating high school was one of the proudest moments of my life.

I started college with bitter sweet feelings of my future. I was so proud of my accomplishments thus far, but there was a part of me that just wasn’t happy. I was overweight and trapped in a body that I hated. I needed to make some changes in my life, but I had no idea where to start. I was perplexed. I knew the importance of diet and exercise, but there were still several restrictions on my physical activities. I needed answers.

I started reading articles on health and fitness. There was some great information out there. I purchased my first Fitbit, and I loved it. I became obsessed with all the data I could get. It would tell me my step count, elevation, miles walked and so much more. I’m a technology enthusiast, so this data was life changing for me. I walked more and more each week. I had to get my 10,000 steps in every day. Getting those steps in was a new hobby for me. I joined other Fitbit lovers and built up a great community of supportive people. I slowly started losing weight thanks to the support of that great community.

In addition to my love for technology I also love crafting. I’m always up for new projects, but mostly I crochet, do paper crafting, and repurpose objects for my room. I started getting into crafting because I would often find myself in situations where I needed a creative solution for a vision related problem. One of the first problems I solved was not being able to see my Fitbit in the dark. I had the little clip on Fitbit at the time. I crafted a special necklace with a small light for my Fitbit. It worked out brilliantly for me.

Like most creative people I kept a journal when I was younger. I still journal now, but not nearly as frequently as I used to. Now, I journal in the form of goal, gratitude, and fitness tracking. All that journaling as a kid led me to my major in college: English. I’m great at editing and revision, so going with a literary based English degree seemed to be a natural fit for me. I graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington in December of 2014 and it has by far been the greatest accomplishment of my young life. I went from being a hopeless case in high school to a university graduate. Dreams do come true.

I spend my time these days working on my next degree: Visual Communications. It’s a fancy way of saying Graphic Design. I really enjoy my classes, and I’ve gotten a chance to work on some pretty cool projects which can be seen on my portfolio page. In addition to school, I’m still working on a ton of freelance and volunteer work.

I take so much pride in Healthy Hustle & Heart. It truly is a labor of love! It is my goal to share my fitness journey and inspire others to be the very best they can be.

Potatoes: The Brain Boosting Vegetables

Potatoes are vegetables we can’t do without. We need them as part of our meals in order to maintain our health. Here are benefits of potatoes that you should know of.

1. Potatoes Promote Bone Health

The iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc in potatoes take part in building and maintaining our strength and bone structure. Both iron and zinc play important roles in the maturation of collagen. In addition to this, phosphorus and calcium are both important in bone structure.

2. Potatoes Reduce Blood Pressure

Maintaining a low sodium intake is very important for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. But what you should know is that too much of potassium may to be beneficial due to its effects.

3. Potatoes Are Great For Heart Safety

Potatoes have a very important amount of fiber, which assists in lowering the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which decreases the possibility of heart diseases.

4. Potatoes Boost Brain Function

Did you know that choline is an important nutrient found in the potatoes? It helps in learning, memory, muscle movement and good sleep. Choline also helps in maintaining the cell membranes’ structure. It also helps in the transmission of nerve impulses, helps in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.

5. Potatoes Help With The Prevention Of Cancer

Potatoes contain folate, which plays a vital role in DNA synthesis and repair, and also prevents the formation of cancer cells form in the DNA. Taking plenty of fiber from both fruits and vegetables like potatoes decreases risks of colorectal cancer.

6. Potatoes Help With Digestion And Regularity

Due to the fiber they have, potatoes help in preventing constipation and pave way for regularity, which leads to a healthy digestive tract. This should be a reason for you to frequently include them in your diet.

7. Potatoes Can Speed Up Your Metabolism

Potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6, Which plays an important role in energy metabolism by digesting proteins and carbohydrates into amino acids and glucose. These smaller compounds are more easily used for energy within the body.

8. Potatoes Can Improve Your Skin

Collagen which is the skin’s support system depends on vitamin C as an important nutrient that helps in our bodies as an antioxidant to assist prevent damage the sun, smoke, and pollution cause. Due to its importance, vitamin C also promotes collagens’ ability to make wrinkles appear smooth and better our skin texture.

9. Potatoes Promote Weight Management And Satiety

Dietary fibers are mostly known as vital factors in weight management and loss of weight by functioning as bulking agents in the digestive system. These compounds increase satiety and chances of reduction of appetite are high, causing us feel like we don’t want food. This also kills our interest in consuming calorie.

10. Potatoes Can Prevent Formation Of Kidney Stones

Due to increased levels of uric acid in the blood, kidney stones are caused. Potatoes are rich in magnesium, which inhibits the accumulation of calcium in the kidney and other tissues.

11. Potatoes Prevent Diarrhea

Due to how easy they are to digest and contain mild roughage, they’re good, energy-rich food source for those who diarrhea.

12. Potatoes Improve Athletic Performance

They are described as a win-win food source for athletes. Because of how rich they are in sodium and potassium, in the potato peels, potatoes bring back electrolyte balance (37).

13. Potatoes Promotes Sleep

Food rich in carbohydrates often inhibits regular sleeping patterns in children. You might want to give your child potatoes in order for them to experience good sleep.

Potato Soup with Spicy Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 medium shallots, thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • One 8-ounce baking potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 7 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 1 1/4 pounds medium shrimp—shelled, deveined and halved horizontally
  • 2 teaspoons Turkish red-pepper paste or harissa
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

Check out Food & Wine for a complete list of directions.

The Healing Powers Of Avocado

Avocado, also called alligator pear is a creamy fruit that mostly grows in warm climates. It is a naturally dense fruit that contains lots of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Avocados contain vitamins B-6, K, C and E as well as minerals such as folate, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, potassium, niacin, and magnesium. Apart from healthy minerals and vitamins avocados also contain beneficial substances lutein, omega- 3 fatty acids and beta-carotene.

Avocados are excellent additions to healthy dishes because of their great flavor and creamy texture. A favorite food that people make from avocados is guacamole, and it also makes a healthy addition to salads. There are different types of avocados that vary in shape and color. Some popular types are Hass avocados and Fuerte avocados.

Regularly eating avocados will provide your body with many benefits.

1. Avocados Are Perfect For The Heart

Avocado contains substances that help maintain healthy cholesterol in the body which promotes a healthy heart. One of the elements contained in avocados that support healthy levels of cholesterol in the body is called beta-sitosterol. Eating avocados will lower unhealthy LDL cholesterol, reduce blood triglycerides and increase healthy HDL cholesterol for overall excellent heart health.

2. Avocados Promote Healthy Vision

Avocado contains phytochemicals that provide antioxidant protection to the eye tissues. The phytochemicals that support healthy eyes in avocados are Zeaxanthin and Lutein. They prevent damage to the eyes from excess light such as ultra violet light.

The monounsaturated fatty acids in avocados also benefit the eyes. These healthy fatty acids support the absorption of the antioxidant beta carotene that prevents macular and cataracts degeneration in the eyes.

3. Avocados Are Good For The Bones

The essential minerals in avocados such as calcium, phosphorous, zinc, copper and selenium reduce the risk of osteoporosis and improve bone mineral density. Also eating avocados helps to deal with bone related ailments such as osteoarthritis. They can also prevent osteoarthritis by fighting cartilage damage in the bones.

4. Avocados Contain Healthy Fats That Promote Healthy Body Developments

Apart from beta-carotene avocados help the body absorb other fat soluble nutrients such as vitamin A, K, D, and E which is why they make such great additions to salsas and salads. Some people avoid eating avocados because they think they are too fatty.

It’s true that avocados contain fats; in fact, they are one of the fattiest plant foods as 77 percent of the calories in them are fats. However, the fats in avocados are predominantly oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that is good for your body. You should not avoid fats in the diet because every cell in the body needs them to be healthy. So eating avocados will provide your body with healthy monounsaturated fats that will support healthy skin development,
optimum heart, and brain functions and boost your immune system.

Smash N Mash Avocado Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 large avocado (halved and pitted)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 thick slices sourdough (toasted)
  • 1/2 halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup of mozzarella balls (such as Ciliegine)
  • Flaky sea salt
  • 2 fresh basil leaves (finely sliced)
  • Balsamic glaze (for drizzling)

For a complete list of instructions check out 20 Easy & Quick Recipes To Lose 20 Pounds.

Overall, regularly having an avocado with your meal will provide you with lots of health benefits. There are different types in the market that you can experiment with in your diet. Use them in sandwiches, soups, smoothies or combined with your favorite vegetables or fruits in a salad.