Many modern cooks are concerned about preparing healthy, low-fat meals. Fortunately, there are simple ways to reduce the fat content of most dishes.
Many recipes call for butter or oil to sauté vegetables or other ingredients. Using oil lowers saturated fat right away, but you can also reduce the amount of oil you use.You can also substitute a low-fat or nonfat cooking spray for oil. Sprinkling a little salt on the vegetables brings out their natural juices, so less oil is needed. It’s also a good idea to use a small, nonstick frying pan if you decide to use less oil than the recipe calls for.
Dairy products like yogurt and milk are a common source of unwanted fat. Both items are available in reduced or nonfat varieties (2% milk has more fat than skim). Another easy way to reduce the amount of fat from dairy products is simply to use smaller amounts! Also, health food stores and natural foods sections of large groceries carry rice milk and soy milks, cheeses, and yogurts. People around the world enjoy these delicious foods as low-fat alternatives to dairy products.You may want to experiment with substituting these items.
Some cooks like to replace ground beef with ground turkey to lower fat. However, since this does change the flavor, you may need to experiment a little bit to decide if you like this substitution. Buying extra-lean ground beef is also an easy way to reduce fat.
There are many ways to prepare meals that are good for you and still taste great. As you become a more experienced cook, try experimenting with recipes and substitutions to find the methods that work best for you.