Winning Combinations: Easy Cooking in Your Apartment with Local Finds

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As you settle in to your apartment in Briargate, Colorado, you will probably want to spend more time relaxing at home. This includes less time eating takeout or dining in the many wonderful local restaurants in the Colorado Springs area. Even if you are not much of a cook, it is easy to throw together healthy, inexpensive meals if you keep things simple.
One thing that a lot of people do not realize about cooking is that you do not always need to follow a recipe exactly. Even something as simple as a salad or a sandwich, which you can toss together easily, can be the basis for a kitchen repertoire. This is especially true if you live in an apartment, which might not have a lot of storage space for fancy cooking equipment. Plus, even if you are already a pretty good cook, your new life in Briargate may change things a bit. Altitude has a big impact on both cooking and baking, and you may need to take some time to research recipe alterations before you jump in to complicated cooking projects in your new mountain home.
One great way to focus on cooking healthy, simple meals is to shop for local, in-season ingredients. Fortunately, the Briargate area has a lot of options when it comes to buying fruits, vegetables, and even meat. There are seasonal farmers’ markets all over the Colorado Springs area, including some local to Briargate, that tend to run from May or July to September or October, making the most of the local harvest season.
With your favorite local fruits and veggies in hand, you can toss together salads made from clean, freshly chopped farmers’ market scores. Just add some dressing and a serving of lean protein and you can make a meal of it. You can take a similar approach with pasta or healthy whole grains like quinoa. Chop up some fresh veggies, saute with salt, pepper, olive oil, and maybe some lemon juice, and toss it all together with some farmer’s market fresh herbs and maybe even a little cheese. You will probably be able to make enough to bring with you to work the next day.
If you are more of a meat eater, Briargate is also a great place for you to make the most of local food. Colorado is still home to many working ranches, and with just a little bit of research, you can find a local meat supplier that may even make deliveries to your home. That way, you can simply grill up a steak to go along with some fresh produce. If you like your meat seasoned, try marinating the steak in some worcestershire sauce for about 15 minutes before cooking and accompanying it with some grilled or sauteed bell peppers and onions.
So even if you are new to the kitchen, the opportunities for local healthy eating are too good to pass up in Briargate. You do not have to cook an elaborate meal to eat something that tastes good. Relying on fresh, local ingredients will help improve the overall quality of your diet while also allowing you to see the best of your new city.

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