Rhubarb-Apple Bread

Today I will share with you a special kind of Rhubarb bread made with apples.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rhubarb; finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled apples; finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 c vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 c All-purpose flour; or whole
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup nuts; coarsely chopped

Rhubarb-Apple Bread

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease bottoms only of two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans.
  2. Mix the rhubarb, apples, sugar, oil, vanilla extract and eggs in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder, and nuts.
  4. Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes. Loosen the sides of loaves from the pans; remove from the pans. Cool completely before slicing.
  6. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature for up to 4 days, or refrigerate for up to 10 days

Your Rhubarb Apple Bread is ready to serve. Enjoy!

Rhubarb Shortbread Squares

Ingredients for:

Base:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter or margarine

Filling:

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 envelopes Knox gelatin
  • 4 to 6 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped

Rhubarb Shortbread Squares

Instructions For:

Base:

  1. Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl; cut in butter until crumbly.
  2. Press into the greased 8-inch square baking dish.
  3. Bake at 350F for 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.
  4. Cool on wire rack.

Filling:

  1. In the saucepan, bring rhubarb, sugar, 1/3 cup water and salt to boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until rhubarb is tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. In the small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Stir in rhubarb mixture.
  4. Cook and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in coloring, optional. Cover and refrigerate until cooled, about 2 hours.
  5. Fold in whipped cream. Spread over crust. Cover and refrigerate for about 3 hours or until set.
  6. Cut into squares. Freezes well, good the next day too.

Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake

If you have loved our Rhubarb basic bread recipe then you will definitely love this almond rhubarb coffee cake, it is the perfect for breakfast to start your day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 c. finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1/2 c. sugar

Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Topping:

  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 Tbls. butter, melted
  • 1/4 c. sliced almonds

Instructions:

  1. Beat brown sugar, oil, egg & vanilla until smooth. Combine flour salt baking soda.
  2. Add to sugar mixture alternately with milk. Beat until smooth. Stir in Rhubarb & almonds.
  3. Pour into 2 greased 9-inch round cake pans.
  4. For topping, combine sugar & butter; stir in almonds. Sprinkle over batter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or test done.

Basic Rhubarb Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 21/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Buttermilk Rhubarb Bread

Instructions:

  1. Beat brown sugar, oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Mix flour, salt, and baking soda.
  2. Add to brown sugar mixture and stir until blended. Stir in rhubarb and nuts.
  3. Turn into 2 greased 8 X 4 X 2-inch loaf pans. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over each.
  4. Bake at 325F for 1 hour or until done. Makes 2 loaves.

Enjoy your basic rhubarb bread!

5 Questions to determine whether you need a stand mixer or not

So, you have decided to buy a stand mixer for your kitchen now but do you know what are you really looking for?

There are numerous stand mixer models and brands out there which provide you with all the best features and functions to perform a variety of tasks which can make buying a stand mixer a difficult task for you.

To make the process of choosing easier, we have compiled a list of questions that you need to ask yourself before you set out to buy a stand mixer for your kitchen.

How often am I going to use it?

The first question you need to ask yourself is if you are going to use it on a regular basis or on an occasional basis.

If your answer is that you would need it on a regular basis, then you would need to go for a trusted stand mixer which won’t break down anytime soon, whereas, if it is an occasional usage stand mixer which you need, then you can easily go for a low-budget stand mixer.

Would I be using it for a large number of people or just a small group?

Another question you must ask yourself is whether you are going to use it to prepare food for a large crowd or if it is going to be used for a small group of people.

If it is for large crowds, then you would need to buy a high capacity mixer else a low capacity mixer will work fine for you.

Here’s 35 party perfect recipes you’d love.

Do I have enough space to store it?

Another question to ask yourself is if you have enough space to store a large stand mixer.

If not, then you would need to look for a small sized stand mixer which is lightweight and easy to move as you would be shifting it a lot. You would need to periodically get your stand mixer out of the storage to use it and for this, it should be easily movable.

What is my budget?

This is the most important question which you need to ask yourself before you start choosing a model. You need to decide what the upper limit for your budget is and then search a stand mixer in that range.

You will find a lot of stand mixers out there in various ranges but you don’t need to pay a high price unnecessarily if a low-budget stand mixer does all the jobs that you want.

Should I go for a popular brand?

Perhaps one of the most obvious question when buying a stand mixer is that whether you should go for a popular brand or if you a slightly less popular brand will do.

There are many good stand mixer brands out there which includes Kenwood, Cuisinart, etc., but KitchenAid’s mixer consistently outperforms competition, and is available at at a lower cost as well.

So make sure that you are choosing a stand mixer on the basis of the features and functions that it offers and not just on the name value.

Here’s an in depth analysis of a  few top model for your considerations

6 Reasons I love the Panini Press and you will too

A Panini Press is the best way to get your own grilled sandwich which is not only delicious but crispy hot too, but that is not the only reason why you need to buy a Panini press.

A Panini press can do a lot than making grilled sandwiches and can come quite handy in cooking a lot of other things besides from a Panini sandwich.

Here is a list of reasons which would convince you that you need to buy a Panini press now! but before you do so don’t forget to check out reviews at homeguyd.

It can reheat my cold dishes

One of the best uses of a Panini press is to reheat the cold food items and eat them for lunch or dinner. It can quickly and efficiently reheat your food item and turn it into a happier meal in just a few minutes.

You can use it to reheat your cold pizza or burger or any other food item, all you have to do is just place it in the Panini press and press it, and your food will be hot and delicious again.

I can use it to grill everything

The best part about a Panini press is that you can use it to grill any food item that you wish, you can grill fish or steak or even vegetables with your Panini press.

This advantage of Panini press makes it really popular for making starters and appetizers and is quite popular among people who love throwing parties.

Great for small parties

One of the most popular reasons to buy a Panini press is that it can be used for cooking snacks for small parties.

You can use it for your adult parties or you can use it to prepare mouth-watering snacks for your kids’ pajama parties, it can do everything for you. You can cook small sandwiches or grill vegetables and meat and make your party happening and delicious.

I can make my own veggie subs

You can also use it to make your own vegetable sub and maintain a healthy and meat-free diet.

Just fill your sandwiches with your favorite vegetables and press it in the machine and your veggie sandwich will be ready to eat in just a few minutes.

Healthy on the go sandwiches

Another benefit of a Panini press is that it is extremely helpful in making a healthy sandwich if you are looking to lose or maintain weight and would like to reduce the unnecessary fat.

You can take note of the calories that you are putting in your sandwich and can add only the items which are healthy and won’t lead to any weight gain.

Perfectly grilled food at home

Some days, we just don’t like going out and getting a sandwich for ourselves or some days the task of ordering a sandwich is greater than making one.

In such days, your Panini press can come handy as you can make your own favorite sandwich in just a few minutes without having to go out of the house or wait for the order to come in. It won’t take more than 5 minutes, now isn’t that fast service?

5 Appliances indispensable to your kitchen

Wouldn’t it be great to have one appliance that could handle every kitchen-related task? Since that’s far from happening yet, it’s important to have the right blend of appliances.

Since every kitchen’s size, décor etc. are different stuffing it up with random appliances can make it appear cluttered and messy and neither will all be useful. So to make things easier for you guys today I am going to break it down to the 5 most important appliances every kitchen must have.

Pressure Cooker

One of the most important utensils that you’ll be using almost every day is the pressure cooker and while people are still skeptical about its use over a slow cooker, in my opinion, its performance is top-notch and fits perfectly well even into the smallest of kitchens but if you’d still like a slow cooker my advice would be you get an instant pot, a win-win situation for those considering buying both.

pressure cooker

Stand Mixer

Love baking desserts and cakes? Then a good stand mixer is a machine that’s simply put indispensable.

Not only will it make tasks such as kneading dough or mixing batter effortless and hands-free but save you plenty of time to grab a cup of tea or a beer pint.

For those just starting out with baking, a smaller and compact hand beater is perfect for tasks such as whipping a couple of eggs, mixing a small batch of cake batter or vanilla frosting etc.

stand mixer

Food processor

This is one multi-purpose equipment for your kitchen. From chopping and dicing veggies for your salad and dips, pureeing tomatoes for the dinner meal to powdering herbs and spices for daily use there’s not much a food processor can’t do.

Preferably go for a bigger model since they are more durable, reliable and efficient and come with attachments even for baking purposes but if you’re on a tight budget a mini model should do equally well.

food processor

Electric Kettle

Probably not one of the first appliances to come to mind but that’s only until you use it. It’s one of the most widely used appliances and one every tea or coffee lover will use 4-5 times a day.

It boils water at a speed of 10x faster to that of a stove and is energy efficient and saves you tons of time, a game changer in its own right and thus a must have on my list.

electric kettle

Juicer/Blender

If you’re not into tea and coffee I am sure you’ll love a glass of smoothie or fresh fruit juice and unless you have hulk like hands squeezing them out probably isn’t as an option and this is why you need a blender or a juicer but remember they aren’t the same. Read about their differences here.

Irrespective of the machine you pick always opt for the top models since they’re the most powerful and come with multiple attachments, setting and are reliable.

juicer

6 Rhubarb recipes to light up your spring diet

The reddish pink vegetable known as Rhubarb isn’t something you’ll find commonly and is often mixed together with fruits in tons of awesome desserts. They are crisp and have a strong tart taste. So today I decided to cover some recipes both desserts and shakes that you can try out with this vegetable.

Note, only the stalk is edible, always chop off the leaves as they tend be poisonous.

Strawberry rhubarb Kuchen

Coffee lovers looking for a crumbly bite alongside will love the kuchen. To prep the base mix some yeast with flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, sour cream, egg, lemon zest, and vanilla. The second layer consists of fruit filling that’s kept in the freezer after it’s cooked and thickened for about an hour.

For the third layer add some crumbs of brown sugar, butter, and spices. Always use a piping bag to layer the filling that will help you in layering evenly. This dish is also often served with milk.

rhubarb kuchen

Rhubarb Ginger cooler

For this mocktail you’ll need rhubarb syrup that’s made at home, tangy ginger beer and some lime squeeze.

For the syrup combine some fresh ginger with some orange, allspice and berries for tangy twist. Leftover syrup can be stored for future use. Mix the syrup well with the ginger beer, throw in some ice cubes and use a pitcher to serve.

rhubarb cooler

Pork shoulder with rhubarb ketchup

Preparing homemade ketchup isn’t a big deal. You’ll require tomatoes, vinegar, onions, and sugar and this time for a change try to combine rhubarb to add a subtle fruity punch to the flavors.

For the spice rub use some smoked paprika to add a smoky flavor if you’re not using a grill. Use a dash of beer and once the shoulders cooked serve it alongside the sauce.

Rhubarb Lime Gimlet

This drink is usually made by simmering fruit or veggies with vinegar and sugar and is quite a popular mocktail.

Since both rhubarb and lime squeeze tend to be tangy a hint of maple syrup is a must and top it off with some seltzer to ensure original flavors remain.

rhubarb gilet

Rhubarb Juice

This pinkish liquid of goodness and health is really simple to make. Firstly cut rhubarb into small pieces, put in a pan with some water and turn on the gas to the lowest heat till the water changes to pink color. Strain the juice and refrigerate it or throw some ice cubes and have it right away.

rhubarb juice

Crepes served alongside Blackberry-Rhubarb Compote

It’s a combination of rhubarb and blackberries which is cooked along with a dash of vanilla extract and some orange juices with a hint of maples syrup which gives it a sweet touch.

Give all the ingredients a good smash and serve with the crepes. To beat the summer heat it’s best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

6 Ways to keep it healthy this season

I am sure you’re going to spend a lot of your summer weekends either at the beach or barbecuing in backyards which I agree is fun but aren’t most of these parties loaded with fat rich foods like pasta, fried potatoes, noodles etc.? So how do you get beach ready this summer? Here’s what you can do for a healthier and fitter.

Turn to salads more often

Even salads are perfect meals for your main course especially dinner, sounds unlikely right? When made with the right ingredients even salads can be yummy and fill so for dinner tonight chop off some lettuce, rhubarb, cabbage, onions, few olives, a tomato, some chicken and top it all off with a little with sweet corn, avocado and salt, and pepper.

salad

Increase water intake 

When it comes to drinks there’s nothing that equals the role of water in the body so my suggestion you stick to it and reduce consumption of sweetened juices or even sports drinks.

A glass of water before every meal will keep you full and reduce intake. The daily water consumption as suggested by experts is about 7-8 glasses.

Switch to fruits for desserts

Being a fan of desserts I understand your craving to reach for the last remaining cake slice or tart but I am sure you’re aware of the curse of diabetes, weight gain etc. hanging over it so my suggestion would switch to healthier choices such as a bowl of fresh fruits like berries, watermelon, oranges,  peaches etc. topped with some Greek yogurt.

Healthy desserts like rhubarb crumble, rhubarb pie too is extremely popular so here’s how you can make them at home.

Tips for a lazy afternoon

We all have those lazy days where cooking seems like a tough chore and ordering pizza seems easier. Well here’s a healthier solution, chop raw vegetables with mayonnaise or hummus, sliced whole-grain bread or crackers, olives, fruit, nuts and boiled eggs or chicken.

A mug full of mixed fruit and vegetable smoothie topped with some cream or yogurt is an excellent alternative or just simply grab a bowl of oats, throw in some fresh fruits, a scoop of Greek yogurt and you’re good to go.

Get moving

Your diet alone isn’t going to get you in shape this summer you’ve got to get off the couch and get going and no the gym isn’t the only best way to work a sweat. Hiking, bicycling, roller skating or simply walking are perfect alternatives and fun too plus you can tag a friend along too.

hiking

Get more Sleep

Eight hours of sleep is the golden rule we all know it but here’s why. Lack of sleep raises the body’s stress level which in turn boosts cortisol levels which is known as the hunger hormone. This results in more cravings, in turn, resulting in excessive or unhealthy eating. 

 

 

6 Reasons the rhubarb is the best vegetable

rhubarb image

While a lot of people know about the rhubarb plant and have been reaping its benefits by growing them in their homes, farms etc. there is a huge population that hasn’t yet realized it and have been missing out on it.

So today at rhubarb recipes we decided to tell you more about this dessert vegetable. Here’s what you need to know.

Nutritional Value of Rhubarb

It is mainly for it’s incredible nutritional gains that you find people all over the world growing rhubarb even in houses and adding it to their daily salads, desserts etc. It’s loaded with dietary fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, B complex vitamins, calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium.

Also organically it is a rich source of polyphenolic and flavonoids. So let’s find out below why these nutrients are so important to the body and why rhubarb needs to be a dietary staple.

Aids Weight Loss

Finding it difficult to lose weight? Simple solution, add rhubarb to your meals. Why? That’s because its caloric value is one of the lowest in the vegetable calorie chart.

There are around 42 calories in 200 grams of rhubarb so whether it’s lunch or dinner, feel free to load up on it. Also its various nutrients can speed up the body’s metabolism which further improves fat burning.

Lower risk of Cardiovascular Diseases

The low amount of calories, fat and cholesterol make it one of the most ideal veggies to maintain good cardio health plus the presence of dietary fibers helps prevent any kind of blockages in the blood vessels and arteries by pushing out excess cholesterol.

Also the numerous antioxidants present in it reduce the risk of heart disease and lower the risk or damage caused by life threatening diseases such as cancer etc.

Helps with Digestion

Proper functioning of the digestive system is crucial to maintain good health and by now you know rhubarb is loaded with dietary fibers.

These fibers further aid proper digestion by making sure that the bowel movements are consistent and face no unwanted interruptions which also makes it the perfect medicine to heal constipation. Rhubarb also prevents many other digestion issues like gastrointestinal disorders, bloating, cramping, colorectal cancer etc.

Prevents Alzheimer’s disease

One of the more silent heroes the rhubarb is loaded with is vitamin K which plays an important role in maintaining proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.

Oxidation of the brain cells and cognitive activity is controlled and managed by this vitamin and hence it proves vital in delaying Alzheimer’s disease.

Take note:

While its tons of nutrients benefit greatly I would advise people with kidney or gastrointestinal problems to curtail its use since regular usage can further complicate your health.

The most dangerous part of the vegetable remains its leaves and should never be ingested by anyone as it can also lead to death in higher quantities.