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5 cooking basics everyone should know to have success in the kitchen

If you’re looking to make healthier, more delicious homemade meals, you’re come to the right place. After all, as an online cooking community, this is our jam! Sometimes it’s best to start with the basics, so read on for 5 cooking basics you should know. 

Learn these 5 cooking basics to make more delicious homemade meals 

1. How to stir-fry vegetables

Cooking basics: how to stir-fry Black Pepper Tofu, Celery, Peanut Stir-fry Recipe

Stir-fries are pretty much the bee’s knees. They’re truly one of the easiest ways to load up on delicious and nutrient-rich vegetables. Stir-fries only require a small amount of oil as well. Even a novice cook can quickly learn how to make a knock-your-socks-off stir-fry by their second or third attempt. 

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2. How to use a chef’s knife

Cooking basics: How to use a chef's knife Crunchy Mediterranean Salad

Okay, we seriously can’t stress this one enough. But don’t take our word for it. Instead, consider these quotes from our co-founders:

“Your chef knife is the single most important cooking tool you have. You are what you cut. If you're not cutting, you're likely not eating well.” – Joe Girard, Swich co-founder

“Knowing how to use a chef’s knife is a life skill that you will have for the rest of your life. It's as important as breathing.” – Dawn Thomas, Swich co-founder

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3. How to set up a weekly salad bar

Cooking basics: how to set up a weekly salad bar Quinoa & Arugula Salad

This might seem like an unpopular opinion, but hear us out. Salads are one of the most satisfying meals available. When approached with some imagination and enthusiasm, salads can truly become a meal with endless possibilities, recipe or no recipe. Not to mention they give you an opportunity to further hone in on your knife skills. Win-win!

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4. How to roast vegetables

Cooking basics: how to roast vegetables Moroccan Roasted Carrots recipe

Whether it is a side dish, a main, or a simple healthy and nutritious snack, the art of roasting vegetables is a simple process that even the most beginner or novice home chef can accomplish with confidence. There is certainly something to be said about how roasting vegetables elevates their flavor (think caramelized goodness) and your senses at the same time. Not to mention roasted veggies can be served hot or cold, in a salad, or on their own. 

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5. How to cook rice 

Cooking basics: how to cook rice Fragrant Coconut Rice recipe

Rice is the staple food for more than half of the world’s population and is one of the oldest cultivated grains. It’s also very nutritious and delicious, if cooked properly. That's the key right there—not all of us have the magic touch when it comes to cooking rice. But that is about to change.  

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