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recommend • seasonal • round
heated • season
  1. I burned my mouth on the pizza, because I it up too long.
  2. What spices do you use to your chicken?
  3. He plays soccer all year .
  4. We just moved to this area. Can you a nice park?
  5. You will only find vegetables at the market, because nothing is imported.
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474 Cooking Tips
Akane gives cooking advice.

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Can you recommend something that is very, very easy to cook?

When you 'recommend' something, you say that it is a good option or a good idea.  Notice the following:

  1. We went to that store that you recommended, and it was great.
  2. Can you recommend a good restaurant in this area?

seasonal vegetables

I recommend seasonal vegetables because they are higher in vitamins and nutrients.

'Seasonal vegetables' are what are grown at a particular time of year.  It is what is being produced at the time you want to eat it.  Notice the following:

  1. He only eats seasonal vegetables from the local market.
  2. Fall is my favorite time for seasonal vegetables.

all year round

Well, bean sprouts are good all year round.

'All year round' means for the whole year or constantly throughout the year. Notice the following:

  1. Most of the farms in this area produce food all year round.
  2. It's an indoor swimming pool, so you can swim all year round.

heated up

When the vegetables have gotten soft, add the noodles and mix it up until the noodles are heated up.

If something is 'heated up,' it goes from being cold to being warm. We usually use this phrase to refer to food or drinks. Notice the following:

  1. Can you heat up my soup a little bit? It's kind of cold.
  2. There is some spaghetti in the refrigerator if you want to heat it up.

season with

Just season it with salt and pepper or a sauce that you like.

When you 'season' something, it means that you add spices to give it more flavor. Notice the following:

  1. Mexicans season a lot of things with lime.
  2. I don't like butter on my corn. I just season it with a little pepper.