The easiest way to suppliment for fat, oil and cholesterol without sacrificing flavor is to add spices.
Try replacing fried chicken with something like panko crusted chicken breasts. You can add some seasonings to the panko crumbs. Also try using light olive oil if any oil at all in getting the panko to stick. I ended up realizing I like panko better than batter anyways!
Also you can substitute apple sauce for alot of butter in recipes that can help as well. typically baking (smartly) can save you alot of fat and cholesterol over frying dishes. The biggest thing is to be smart and plan ahead. When "throwing something together" last minute, it is usually alot harder to be good.
You're 100% on track with the grill, but anything you can make on the grill you can make on the stove or in the oven as well (albeit without as nice of grill marks :-p). I have a pan that has grill bars on it to even make my steaks look like they came off the grill. It's great for bad weather.
It's hard at first but low fat doesn't have to mean bland and you will definitely get used to it. Other small things you can do to help are switch to a lower fat percentage of milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, etc. Dairy is an easy item to lower fat in. turkey bacon is not as good as regular bacon but it's better than no bacon so you can substitute that as well!
One example of something you can do is the meal your family had last night:
You can make their omelettes normal if you want, and then make yours using egg whites (more expensive than eggs unfortunately). Don't use very much cheese in yours, and use extra sharp cheddar because you get the cheese flavor without nearly as much cheese to get it. Try cutting up a couple pieces of turkey lunch meat to put in yours and make sure to fill with vegetables, such as chopped peppers, onions, tomatos, etc.
I think you'll find that you can still have delicious meals without sacrificing too much on flavor :).
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