Do you have a kitchen or cooking secret that saves time, calories or clean up?
Sew a drawstring bag from two kitchen towels. When you wash your lettuce, you can put it in the bag and shake so that the towels absorb the moisture. The towel bag can be washed and recycled. Use this for washing grapes too!
Grilling fruits and vegetables, makes it them easier to eat. It heightens their flavors, and brings your dish to a whole new level. Try it with Fruits also, great dessert on their own this way. With out adding sweeteners and extra calories.
I bought a Stanley food container (like a thermos) that keeps food hot or cold for 12 hours. At night I put 1/2 cup of steel cut oats in it, and add 1 cup of boiling water, and close the container. In the morning I have a no-fuss breakfast, which comes in handy for mornings when I'm running late!
If I'm cooking something in my oven, I'll throw in a few split breasts with the skin removed while I'm baking my casserole or whatever. Then, when the chicken cools, I shred it for later uses. That way, I'm not using my oven just to bake the chicken and I always have cooked chicken on hand.
Use your pasta pot when making home made stock or broth. Quick and easy way to strain out vegetables, bones, etc... with out the danger of pouring a hot liquid through a strainer.
When I return from the store I chop a green and red pepper and put on a cookie sheet in the freezer, then I chop green onions & spread on top of the peppers, followed by chopped ham, mushrooms, asparagus and broccoli. After all are frozen, they go into a zip lock bag, I can use 1/2 cup in my omelet
I shop on Tuesday. Sunday, I take out all the bits of leftovers, usually add some meat or beans, broth, seasonings, and make a soup for the week. I eat the soup for lunches. Its fun and I feel like I'm not wasting food.
use pan spray instead of oil..works great and saves LOTS of calories!!
In my efforts to cook in a healthier fashion I have become hooked on Pam cooking spray. I use it for stir-fry, eggs and even for coating on bread when I make grilled cheese sandwiches. It helps to reduce fat in cooking and also makes cleaning the pans a lot easier!
Chia seeds can replace butter in many baked goods. 1 of the qualities of the Chia seed is its hydrophilic properties, with the ability to absorb more than 12x its weight in water.
The shelf life is less than w/ butter, but the fat and calorie difference is huge!