Do you have a kitchen or cooking secret that saves time, calories or clean up?
I measure all my meat, by the ounce, store in separate freezer bags and label them. This saves time and helps me plan my meals quicker.I also measure trail mix nuts
and dried fruit into 1/3 or 1/4 oz bags. I like to add these to my yogurt for a snack.
Buy good quality pans. I no longer need oil to prevent sticking to frypan. They are more expensive, but well worth the investment
Replace any cooking oil with canola and/or olive oils. A little more heart healthy.
Pre cooking lean meats (watch for sales!) then freezing them in food saver type bags saves time, makes meal prep easy! Lean ground turkey, BBQ'd London Broil or boneless/skinless chicken breast thinly sliced. Freeze into meal-sized portions for your family (my bags serve 2)
I add a half cup or a cup of frozen veggies to everything - soups, chili, stews, even spaghetti sauce! Doesn't add many calories and you up your servings of veggies without even noticing. Also fills you up faster.
Saw this on Tyler Florence, the "Ultimate" show so can't claim for my own, but he made a ceasar dressing and coated the inside bottom third of the salad dressing bowl and tossed.
Mashed Potatoes are my downfall but now I cook them in advance and portion them out before freezing. I know just how much I can eat to keep within my allowance.
As many who know me know I HATE to cook so eating healthy espically as a single is a chore. I have discovered the deli section of my gorcery has cooked chicken, skinless whole cooked chickens.. So I buy one, grap a couple of sweet potatoes and a bag of frozen veggie and I have dinner for couple days
I try to cook once a week - normally Saturdays - for the week. It is just my daughter and I and so what I do is I will make several meals at once. Then portion them into those seal and save bags. Stick them in the freezer and pull them out for lunch or dinner during the week.
When you're baking muffins or quick bread or making waffles or pancakes, you can substitute applesauce (or pear sauce) or mashed ripe banana for a portion of oil. I generally sub 1/2 to 3/4 of the volume for muffins or quick bread, and about half for waffles or pancakes.