Do you have a kitchen or cooking secret that saves time, calories or clean up?
Just be creative with substituting. I always use just egg whites. Applesauce for oil and the sugar (homemade with no add sugar) since the apples sweeten things enough. Shredded carrots in most cake and bars as they add moistness. I have found any recipe can be made healthy when substitutes used.
Instead of drizzling oil over veggies in the pan you use to roast them in, first put your veggies in a bowl with 2 Tbs. of oil. Mix veggies to coat. Then put the veggies in the roasting pan. Excess oil stays in the bowl, and you know exactly how much oil was used.
I try to make a meal plan for every week. I choose 1 cook book and sit down with my coupons and the grocery sale ad. This way I can make the most of our dollars, and plan the healthiest meals at the same time. I just mix up what's on sale with my coupons with the recipes. Easy and quick!
I do my big grocery shop on Sunday then put everything pre-measured into ziplock baggies with the calories written on the front so we can mix and match to get our calories for the day. It takes an hour or so, but then everything is grab and go of a morning!
I often use healthy frozen dinners when I am in a hurry. Steaming some veggies to add to the meal makes it more filling. I then take all the food and put it on a plate. It seems more like a nice meal than a frozen dinner.
For a low calorie quick breakfast I toast an Eggo (or your choice) whole grain waffle. Then I arrange blue berries on top in the little squares (1/4 C per waffle) and microwave for about 20 seconds (you don't want them to burst, but close!). There's so much flavor you need little or no syrup.
I can't afford a lot of food, so I write down different recipes that I could make with what I have on little slips of paper and organize them according to which meal they are for. Then I mix them up and randomly pick out one for the current meal.
whenever I cook boneless skinless chx breast on the stove instead of using olive oil, I cook it in chx broth. It makes the chx tender and juicy and doesn't add any fat. It also flavors the chx!!
If you hate having a solid block of onion or garlic after moisture gets in your onion or garlic powder, get granulated onion or garlic. It's still small enough to blend into sauces, but large enough that the moisture doesn't make it clump.
Buy large boxes of salad greens and keep them fresh by adding a paper towel to the box and refrigerating it upside down. The paper towel will absorb excess moisture so the greens will stay fresher longer.