As this winter drags on, I’m growing a little weary of barbecued chicken and taco soup, which are the two primary things I cook. Well, there’s also Christmas cookies, but I’ve got about 10 months before I can make those again.
I’ve been watching the Food Network for some ideas, but to be honest, those people cook foods I either don’t like, don’t want, or probably can’t afford. Except for that Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show. They’ve got lots of stuff I’d love to prepare at home.
So I’m turning to you guys, the experts in healthy, affordable fare, for answers to these burning (no pun intended) questions:
1) Kroger had a clearance sale on Organic Coconut Oil, and since I’ve seen it mentioned (if only I could remember where!) as an alternative to other types of oils, I bought a jar. Now I’m wondering what I might do with it. Do I use it in the same measure as other types of fats (which would be sparingly, of course)? Got any good tips, tricks, or ideas for using coconut oil in cooking?
2) I’ve got a couple of recipes calling for egg whites only, and I don’t really care to a) fool with separating eggs or b) purchase egg white substitutes. And then I remembered my friends, the vegans. There must be a substitute for egg whites out there somewhere. (In fact, I have some elusive memory floating around in the fuzz that is my brain.) Any ideas?
3) I’m wanting to do something with chicken that’s not barbecue or taco soup-related. Anyone with a good chicken marinade recipe or anything interesting (and exceedingly easy) to do with chicken breasts?
Many thanks, in advance, for your help!