Before we get into this week's coaching tip, we want to thank you for all your great feedback on the cookbook!
And, the great news -- it's now at the printer!
We want all of our Eat REAL America members to know about the SPECIAL PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT!
If you are anything like us, there are always occasions popping up when you need a gift idea, so....
If you order a cookbook before April 30th, you will receive $4 off, plus a free 3-month Eat REAL America membership...which would make a great gift (including for Mother's Day)!
The cookbooks will ship by May 5th, in plenty of time for Mother's Day on May 13th! Note, we have further discounts the more copies you buy, and a free 3-month Eat REAL America membership with every book.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Speaking of gift ideas, for our weekly coaching tip, we want to highlight the MANY uses of one of our favorite kitchen gadgets:
the microplane zester.
So, what is a microplane zester?
A microplane zester looks like something you would find in a woodworking shop, which makes sense because that's where the idea originated.
It's made of steel and has super-sharp blades, allowing you to zest and grate a variety of foods -- that add amazing flavors and textures to your meals!
What's so great about a microplane zester?
Not only is it easy to use, but it holds the zested ingredient inside the zester until you are ready to add it to your recipe. It also grates in a perfectly fine consistency, which can add just the right amount of flavor to your meals.
How does it work?
For example, if you are right-handed, hold an orange in your left hand, zester in your right hand, and zest the orange by moving the zester back and forth on the peel of the orange, turning the orange in your left hand as you go to get all of the peel, avoiding the white pith just under the peel.
How can you use a microplane zester?
Here are just a few ideas:
- Citrus - ideal way to grate the peel of a lemon, lime or orange. Try zesting fruit in these great-tasting recipes: Pasta with Mint, Lemon and Spring Peas, Green Beans with Fresh Herbs and Feta, or Key Lime Cheesecake Bites.
- Zest your veggies - add shaved carrots, beets, or radishes to any meal...works especially well in the Beet Salad with Pistachios and Feta or Raw Pad Thai.
- Add some heat - grate a jalapeno to create a kicked up topping and evenly spread the heat. Ideal for the Jalapeno Burger with Pineapple Salsa or Southwest Quinoa with Simple Guacamole!
- Ginger - this is our go-to way to grate fresh ginger...so easy -- check out our video for a handy tip! Try it in the Lamb Curry with Apricots and Almonds or Bok Choy Stir Fry.
- Garlic - need a touch of fresh garlic? Grate a garlic clove for the Garlic and Herb Spaghetti Squash!
- Cheese - kick your cheese grater to the curb! Once you grate parmesan cheese (or other hard cheeses) with a microplane zester, you may never go back! Try it for the Pesto Baked Wings or Massaged Kale Salad!
- Nuts - great way to add a decorative nutty topping to salads or sweet treats. Add an extra nutty flavor to the Greek Zucchini Salad or Scrumptious Swiss Oats.
- Spices - add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg to Hot Cocoa or your favorite latte!
- Chocolate - perfect way to add a shaved chocolate topping to sweet treats like the Black Dream Chocolate Cupcakes!
How do you clean a microplane zester?
You can then use a sponge or brush, running it in the same direction as the blades (to avoid destroying your sponge).
Most microplane zesters can also go in the dishwasher, but if you find yourself with dried on parmesan cheese or orange zest, you can soak it horizontally in a casserole dish for as long as needed.
Microplane zesters are inexpensive and ideal to have on hand in your kitchen -- consider giving one as a gift and educate your family and friends! You will all be asking, "what did we do before this great gadget?!"