One thing we cannot deny is that people the world over love good food. We tend to put off dieting and making healthy changes to our eating patterns because we do not want to give up our comfort food. Unfortunately, oftentimes a health crisis has to occur to spur us on to healthy cooking and eating habits. Let us not wait for disaster to strike; rather let’s rid ourselves of the notion that healthy cooking means giving up all our favorite foods.
The following tips will show you how to maintain a healthy cooking style and still indulge in your favorite foods.
Each one of us is unique and has personal preferences in all areas of our lives. However, comfort foods for many people often range from the ever popular lasagna to pot pies and roasts. According to the United States Department of Health, the daily fat intake should not exceed approximately 20 to 30 percent of the daily calorie intake.
Once we understand why comfort foods taste so good we can incorporate the same techniques in healthy cooking options to get similar great tasting dishes. The primary reason why food tastes good is because the fat content in the dish helps to carry the flavor of the ingredients throughout the dish. Hence, by strengthening flavor and reducing fat content, you can produce the same great tasting dishes without the unhealthy fat.
You can also opt for a healthier cooking medium rich in unsaturated fat rather than unhealthy saturated fats. The use of herbs and spices does not add to the calorie content or fat content in the dish; however, they can add enhanced flavor to the dishes you prepare. Adding chili flakes or a dash of paprika, some ginger or horseradish will put some bite into the dish. If you prefer your dishes with less spice, you can always add chopped herbs to the dish just before you take it off the stove.
Seared meat, browned onions, garlic and ginger can be used to develop the flavor of a dish. Rather than frying the onions in loads of oil, sweat them in a small amount of water. Toast your spices in a skillet for a few minutes before you grind them up, to get the best out of their flavors.
Marinating your meats means you can use a very small quantity of oil and water to cook them. This way you not only cut fat, but preserve the nutrients in the meat and vegetables.