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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 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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