Life Hack for Tastier, Easier Meals: Sous Vide Cooking

Want to experience the tender deliciousness of a cut of meat or fish from a high-end restaurant without leaving your home or laboring in the kitchen for hours? If so, sous vide (pronounced sue-veed) cooking is right for you. For anywhere from under $100 to $300 for the sous vide precision cooker, plus a few dollars for plastic freezer bags and food cost, you can have a gourmet meal on the table in a couple of hours, with mere minutes spent in preparation.

This cooking method, which means “under vacuum” in French, requires placing food in a vacuum-sealed bag and cooking it at a precise temperature immersed in water. All you need to do is attach your sous vide precision cooker to a pot of water, set the time and temperature, season the meat or fish, place it in a sealable bag, clip it to the side of a pot, and cook. Finish it off by quickly searing, grilling or broiling the food. Some sous-vide cookers have an appliance app that provides instructions, recipes and real-time monitoring of cooking progress.

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD

"Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine physician, registered dietitian and health coach. She practices general pediatrics with a focus on healthy family routines, nutrition, physical activity and behavior change in North County, San Diego. She also serves as the senior advisor for healthcare solutions at the American Council on Exercise. Natalie is the author of five books and is committed to helping every child and family thrive. She is a strong advocate for systems and communities that support prevention and wellness across the lifespan, beginning at 9 months of age."

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