How to Cook Brown Rice

Brown rice is a delicious super-food that is loaded with everything your body needs and nothing it doesn’t. If you know how to cook brown rice then you’re ahead of the game. A great recipe for beginners learning how to cook brown rice is Brown Rice Pilaf. This simple recipe takes about 50 minutes from start to finish and goes great with many different meals – both aesthetically and tastefully.

This is how to cook brown rice

You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small chopped yellow onion
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1 cup brown rice
- 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth
- salt and pepper to taste.

Sauté the onion and garlic in oil for about five minutes. Add the brown rice; sauté another minute adding broth, salt, pepper and bringing it to a boil. Simmer on low for 45 minutes.

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How to Cook Corn on the Cob

Learning how to cook corn on the cob is one of the best ways to accentuate any summertime meal. Corn on the cob is sweet, light, and very healthy. After you’ve mastered the below recipe you’ll be cooking like a champ. Good luck!

This is how to cook corn on the cob

By far the easiest method how to cook corn on the cob is boiling it in water. Simply place a pot of cold water on the stove and heat on medium to high heat. The first trick is to ensure that you are using cold water and fill the pot full enough to cover the amount of corn you intend to cook. Place the cobs in the water before the water gets hot to ensure that the corn is not heated too quickly.

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How to Cook Lentils

Knowing how to cook lentils can save you money when planning meals as they are inexpensive, protein packed, full of fiber, and tasty.

Lentils are one of the easier legumes to cook as they do not need to be soaked first. Lentils should be rinsed with water and spread on paper towels to be sorted through. You want to remove any dirt clods or stem pieces.

The easiest way to cook lentils is to place the cleaned lentils in a large pot, cover them with water and bring them to a boil. Allow them to boil for 15-20 minutes. Check them at 15 minutes to be sure they are not getting mushy. Once boiled and cooked they are ready to eat.

This is how to cook lentils

However, plain lentils without any spices can be rather boring, so here’s an easy recipe. I call it Garlic and Beef Lentils:

You will need the following ingredients:
- 2 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 onion-peeled and diced
- 2 cups of cleaned lentils
- 6 cups of beef broth
- 1 clove of garlic peeled and minced
- Salt and pepper to taste

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How to Cook Corn

Knowing how to cook corn is as easy as knowing how to turn on a stove. Simply shuck the corn (remove the husk) and place into a pot of water, ensuring that the water completely covers the corn. Then boil for about ten minutes. That’s all! When you’re grilling meat, it’s easy to toss some corn on the grill as well.

This is how to cook corn

Choose plump, healthy ears still in the husks. Because the temperatures of grills vary widely, times will vary too. Just place the unshucked ears of corn on the grill, near the edges of the heat source. Check on them every minute at first to gauge proper time. You want to cook your corn until the husks are dark brown with blackened spots.

When you’ve cooked the first side, give each ear a quarter turn with tongs and leave it on for as long as it took to cook the first side. Repeat until all four sides are done.

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How to Cook Barley

Cooking Barley is an easy task that anyone can enjoy. It leads to being able to cook more elaborate dishes involving the wonderful ingredient and sets up the perfect opportunity to impress friends and families with new cooking abilities. Cooking Barley is extremely simple. All that is needed to know how to cook barley is some know-how of boiling water and a little bit of time.

Tihs is how to cook barley

First, a pot will be needed to cook the barley in. Filling the pot so there is any degree of water that the barley can float in will be sufficient to let it boil and gain its wonderful flavor. After this all that needs to be done is to let it boil for a small amount of time depending on the amount being cooked.

After these simple steps are done a wonderful dish of cooked barley can be prepared with another food to highlight its brilliance.

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How to Cook White Rice

White rice has a long history behind it, and an even longer list of how to cook white rice. If you are going to be cooking a lot of rice or for a long time to come, I suggest investing in a rice cooker, which will take all the guesswork out of cooking white rice. You can also cook white rice in a pot on your oven (range). Simply fill the bottom of the pot with approximately one inch of rice, then add another inch of water on top. Cook for approximately 20 minutes or until rice is tender. An easy trick to measuring the rice is to fill the pot full of rice to your first knuckle on your index finger and then water to your second knuckle.

White rice can be the base of an entree, a side dish, or even in desserts. I’d like to share with you a classic, and delicious, white rice and vegetable Teriyaki dish.

This is how to cook white rice

You will need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups rice
- 4 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbs butter
- 1 tbs oil
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
-1/2 cup frozen diced carrots
- 1/4 cup diced onions
- 1 cup teriyaki sauce

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How to Cook Couscous

Couscous originated as a main ingredient in most North African cooking, made from durum wheat, but can now be found in your local grocery stores. There are several methods of how to cook couscous, and it can be found in both hot and cold dishes alike. Here we will explore a cold, salad-like dish, with couscous as its base.

This is how to cook couscous

You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup couscous
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup onion, diced
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 tsp ground black pepper and salt mix

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How to Cook Pasta

Learning how to cook pasta is simple. It is amazing how many new dishes you will be adept at cooking immediately after learning how to cook pasta. Many of them simply require the pasta and a sauce you can buy at the store.

This is how to cook pasta

You will need the following ingredients/items:
- A large stock pot
- some salt
- a wooden spoon
- water
- your choice of pasta

Add water to a few inches below the lip of the pot and add salt; only a 1/2 teaspoon is needed. Bring to a boil and add the pasta slowly working it in using the wooden spoon.

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