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That's why the untidy house makes us fat – Italian Cuisine

That to be healthy and beautiful you need to look after the kitchen – choosing foods that should never be lacking to stay fit, according to the WHO – is certainly now known to all. Much less known is the fact that it is important to look after the kitchen also as a physical space. And not just to the kitchen: to the whole house.

According to science, in fact, it's not just stress, fatigue, worries or boredom that makes us get hundreds of superfluous calories a day (and at night: here, yes and no foods for nighttime snacks). Also the disorderin fact, first of all in the kitchen, it does not help the regularity of food and would rather push us to consume food in a chaotic way, just like the state of our home.

For this reason it is worth refreshing the results of a couple of academic studies – certainly not the only ones in recent years – led by Cornell University in 2016. The first research, conducted by photographing 200 women in their kitchens, found that where there were in plain sight cereal boxes, biscuits, sodas or sugary, the inhabitants weighed on average 9 kilograms more than the houses where the order reigned and all the food it was stored not in sight. The only element that helped the inhabitants not to transgress with highly caloric foods was the presence of a fruit bowl, with apples and other fresh fruit – that according to another, very prestigious university, that of Harvard, it does indeed lose weight.

The same research has also shown how disorder does not have such a strong influence on weight and eating habits men. For women, however, there is a strong psychological connection between the chaos in the kitchen and the inner chaos: the feeling of not having things under control led her to find compensation mechanisms, through the unregulated consumption of food. The speech then, tell the American researchers, also applies to the office: a study has in fact shown how to have a box of chocolates in sight at work increases daily food consumption by 125 calories.

A second study had tested a group of students in different kitchens: on one side, messy and chaotic environments, with food at sight, newspapers, telephone ringing, remains of meals; on the other a clean and organized environment perfectly. The girls had to wait an hour in the room, in total freedom. They had cookies, crackers, carrots before them. Well, those who stayed in the less orderly environment were the ones most likely to look for refreshment in the most caloric food and had consumed a greater quantity of biscuits. The consumption of crackers and carrots, however, did not have significant fluctuations depending on whether you were in the messy room or the neat one. Once again, the researchers could demonstrate that they live inside messy environments makes it more vulnerable to transgressing.

Eva Perasso
2 December 2016
updated January 2019
from Carola Traverso Saibante

Photo credits Flickr / Jamie Anderson

10 ingredients = 10 meals

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You don’t need to have lots of expensive ingredients to make lots of different meals for your family. We picked 10 classic ingredients to show you how you can turn them into 10 different dinners!


You don’t always have to use all of the ingredients listed in a recipe – vegetables can be replaced by whatever you have, as can most meats and cheeses. And feel free to make additions of whatever you have in the house to give your meals a personal family twist. 


A simple tomato sauce is the basis of a lot of family meals and you don’t need lots of ingredients to make it either. Where the recipe calls for it, use our classic tomato sauce – all you really need is a tin of chopped tomatoes. 




  • Mince 
  • Chicken (breasts/thighs or fillets)
  • Sausages 
  • Rice 
  • Pasta 
  • Potatoes 
  • Chopped tomatoes 
  • Bag of frozen vegetables 
  • Cheese 
  • Eggs 

We assumed you already had these essentials in:

  • Gravy granules 
  • Onions 
  • Garlic 
  • Herbs and seasonings 
  • Butter
  • Stock cubes 
  • Sauces (mustard, Worcestershire sauce etc)


Meal 1

Get the recipe: Chicken and pea risotto



Meal 2 

Get the recipe:Pasta Bolognese



Meal 3

Get the recipe: Sausage and mash



Meal 4

Get the recipe: Chicken and potato pie 



Meal 5 

Get the recipe: Chicken and tomato pasta bake



Meal 6

Get the recipe: Cottage pie



Meal 7 

Get the recipe: Sausage and tomato casserole



Meal 8 

Get the recipe: Cheese and onion frittata



Meal 9 

Get the recipe: Meatball pasta bake



Meal 10 

Get the recipe: Chicken and veg pilaf



Where to next? 

Things you didn’t know you could freeze 
100 ways to save money on your food shop
How to use up your leftovers 


By Holly Arnold

Organize the kitchen of the house like that of a restaurant in 6 moves, with the guide of the chef – Italian Cuisine

Working in your own home with the efficiency of a cook in a professional kitchen: it is not impossible, if you follow some simple instructions

Whether it's preparing dishes everyday or cooking for a great occasion, the organization of the kitchen is essential: if everything is clean, tidy, well prepared, the work becomes easier and faster. This is the approach that is followed in restaurants (in those that work well, of course), and that we want to try to "copy" and export to our homes. Of course, certain things are impossible: none of us has a brigade available to help them or professional equipment. However, there are no obvious precautions that can make the way we move in the kitchen more effective. Someone reveals it to us Flavio Forte, chef ofHostaria Quinto Quarto of Monza. Six tips that always refer to the concepts of order, cleanliness and attention to quality: very useful rules even in smaller kitchens and that allow you to eat quickly and well.

1) Check refrigerator and pantry before deciding what to prepare: knowing with certainty what you have available facilitates the work and allows you to avoid unpleasant hitches.

2) Store foods properly, in order to always have the possibility to control the product: everything must be well kept and tidy. Complete packages, foods divided by type, so as to find them without fail; in the refrigerator and in the freezer always separate the raw and cooked foods; frozen foods should always be labeled with the specification of what it is and the date of preparation.

3) Always work in the clean: clean and tidy worktops and work spaces allow you to move better, faster and more effectively. When you finish using an instrument, wash it and store it: we will then know where to find it without wasting time.

4) Organizing work to do more things together: prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking; season the vegetables while the meat browns … synchronize the various actions increases efficiency. Especially if the preliminary operations are done before and you have available already cleaned and washed vegetables, already minced sauté and so on.

5) Use different tools to make less effort: oven, stove, microwave, blender … everything that is available plays an important role. And once again, making the various tools work together can shorten the preparation time.

6) Choose good quality products it facilitates work and enhances what is cooked. You avoid wasting time and raw material with scraps and you are sure to put something good on your plate.