When cooking, many of us tend to taste the progress as we're adding spices and other ingredients. Those "tastes" can add up to a lot of calories, especially when cooking a big dinner like Thanksgiving! Keep a jar near the stove and every time you catch yourself "tasting", add an equal amount to the jar. You may be surprised at how much your jar adds up!
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I am notorious for eating as I cook, especially during the evening when I am cooking for my family. To keep me from pinching here and tasting there, I chew on sugarless gum to keep my mouth busy. I also chew gum throughout the day to curb my appetite.
These have so little fat that they can dry out during cooking and can be bland in taste. I mix in chopped vegetables (onions, mushrooms, etc) to add moisture and flavor during cooking, or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon healthy oil (olive, canola), plus spices. I sometimes use a 1/4 tsp of toasted sesame oil and Asian or Indian spices for something different from the usual burger.
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