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Bravo! Tips And Easy Ravioli Recipes For Beginners

Bravo! Tips And Easy Ravioli Recipes For Beginners

Ravioli may seem like one of the scarier and more difficult pastas to get the hang of making at home, but never fear! It is actually much simpler than you think. Basically, you just mix your ingredients together and wrap it up! When you have the right tools and suit it to your own tastes, ravioli can be as simple as 1,2, eat — or at least, it will be with time and a little practice.

Perhaps you are an experimental pasta lover, a lover of walnuts or basil cream, or maybe you are a more traditional meat-and-tomato foodie. Whatever your type, these easy tips and recipes will have you on your way to making delicious ravioli for you and your friends.

1. Have all your tools ready

Be prepared and have everything you need ready before you start. Have your ingredients, your pasta cutter, utensils, and bowls out.

Hint: have a plastic bag ready for your dough. When you are rolling it out, you will only use a bit at a time, so keep the rest wrapped up and moist.

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2. Use quality dough

It is important that you use good dough. All you really need is eggs, flour, and salt. You can buy the dough readymade from the store (we recommend fresh homemade dough — it wins by a mile!) but if you want to try making it yourself, we recommend this incredible easy pasta recipe.

3. The filling is just as important

Don’t make your filling too runny and make sure it’s something you would eat on its own. The beauty is that you can choose whatever you like!

4. Invest in a ravioli cutter or press

It will save you time and energy. The process will be much easier and the outcome will be worth it.

5. Use lots of filling

Make the ravioli firm and full and try not to let any air in — but don’t worry too much about getting a little trapped air inside, you will get better with time and practice.

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6. Be creative!

Pick whatever filling you like. You can start small and easy, but try new things — crush nuts, blended vegetables, or slow-cook meat! You may not always love the outcome, but you’ll never know until you try.

Filling Recipes To Try

Four Cheese:

This is a simple cheese ravioli recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup provolone
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Combine all ingredients and mix together thoroughly.

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Mushroom and Spinach:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup parmesan
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked spinach
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped chives
  • salt and pepper to taste

Beat the cream cheese until it is smooth, then mix in the rest of the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste!

Easy Beef:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • a pinch of dried rosemary
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup ricotta
  • salt and pepper to taste

Scramble meat over medium heat until it is cooked through. Heat the dry herb ingredients until aromatic, remove from heat and add all of the cheese ingredients. Serve with a tomato sauce of your choice.

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Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 250g cooked chicken mince
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 2 sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup cooking cream
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives

Heat the chopped mushrooms, garlic, and sliced green onions in olive oil. When the onions soften, add your cooking cream and chopped chives. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.

Shape and cut the ravioli. Add your chicken filling. Heat a large saucepan of water and add a small amount of salt. Drop the ravioli in and cook until it’s tender (approximately 3-5 minutes). When your pasta is cooked, add your cream sauce. Serve sprinkled with chives. Bon appetit!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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