I buy lot's of produce and sometimes I can't always finish it. Instead of wasting it. I now take veggies that are near expiring and toss them into a food processor. I use the mixture to pep up boring foods. Use in your meatloaf mixture, hide in meatballs and pasta sauces. I even toss with mayo and tuna for a tasty sandwich. My kids haven't even noticed!
When you switch to a lower calorie lifestyle, invariably you end up cooking differently. No doubt non-stick skillets and grill pans figure prominently as well as enamel coated cookware like Le Creuset). Cleaning these pans can be very difficult as things tend to stick the less fat you use in cooking.
About 98% of the times that I use oil I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil and many applications only require a tiny bit. So I invested in a Misto spray pump. You put whatever oil you like in it, pump it until you can't pump any more, and spray. 1 full spray, spraying it until it fizzles out, is about 1/2 tsp. When I cook something like fish I spray the pan (1/2 a spray) place the fish and use the rest of the spray for the other side. (Not recommended for baking.) I got mine at Sur La Table for about $10.
For the same price as a bunch of cut fresh herbs at the supermarket, you can buy a small potted herb plant at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Keep it on your kitchen windowsill and use when you're cooking. Fresh herbs add so much flavor that you won't even miss the salt and fat you cut out of the recipe!
An easy way to dress up a soup differently for lunch.
I got a steamer,its the only kitchen appliance I use every day.I cook everything in my steamer,fish,chicken and vegetables are great done in the steamer,20 minutes or less with the turn of the 'on' button and I have a lovely dinner ready.best of all its one of the healthiest ways to cook,no oil!