Do you have a kitchen or cooking secret that saves time, calories or clean up?
In order to keep the same foods interesting, I buy a variety of salt free seasonings from Penskey's spices. I'm able to create a different "flavor" every night of the week and it keeps me from getting bored with my meal plan.
Download the free e-cookbook and show your child the joy of cooking. It offers healthy alternatives & ideas for parents & caregivers of children. http://www.peelregion.ca/health/obesity/resources/pdfs/cookbook.pdf
Using a multi-tier bamboo steamer that you put on top of your normal pan, makes great low fat or fat free cooking. It leaves all flavor and nutrients in the food and is much quicker than you'd think!
Having trouble getting omega-3 fatty acids or enough protein? Get some hemp seeds. They are fairly tasteless and small, so they can easily be added to foods. I add some to my oatmeal every morning
After training your cooked ground beef, try this!
When you bring veggies/fruits home from the grocery store or farmer's market, immediately wash them then cut them up or otherwise prepare them for eating and put them in bowls or baggies in the frig. This increases the chances of eating them 5 X Day!
Put a papertowel in your container/zip lock with fresh cut veggies to absorb moisture. For best results place a papertowel between each layer of veggies and replace throughout the week as needed. Also works well with fresh cut fruit such as watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew etc.
I use frozen Lean Cuisine type meals as side dishes. I split one w/ my husband so its only about 150 cals each for a decent portion. Pasta ones (i.e Basil Pesto, Portabella Marsala) go great with chicken breasts & the Southwestern Rice goes great with Mexican food. I add a veggie side and I'm set!
I love rich blue cheese dressing but I mix equal parts water with dressing. You still get the rich flavor of a full bodied dressing AND it spreads much more evenly over a salad so you get the delicious taste with every bite.
If seeds and nuts are roasted their flavour gets more distinct. Instead of buying them, roast them yourself. Just add them to a frying pan WITH NO FAT and carefully heat them, once they start to turn brown, remove pan from heat and put the seeds and nuts into an airtight container.