Marinades may do more for your food than just improve its flavor. After Greek researchers marinated beef in soy sauce and red-win mixture, the beef's bacteria levels fell and stayed low for 10 days. Both soy sauce and red wine contain ethanol and penolic compounds, which may act as antimicrobials, the researchers say, Soak meat overnight for a good balance of flavor, texture, and potential protective effects.
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Freeze your meats in marinades! I buy meat in bulk, cut off the excess fat and pre chop it then I mix up my marinades myself (so that I can use less fatening items and healthier ingredients) lable the freezer bag with whatever you are mixing up then throw it in the freezer and forget it until you need it- this saves me a huge amount of time- all I have to do is pull the bag of meat out of the freezer the night before and I have flavorful ready to cook meats the next evening
I really love this because I can buy meats when they are on sale and the meat has a huge amount of flavor!!
To add interest to food and keep it low calorie - try marinades like this one: Great Marinade for fish - Tilapia or other white fish - In blender: 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil; 1 Tbsp lemon juice; 1 Tbsp fresh parsley; 1 clove minced garlic; 1 tsp dried basil; 1 tsp blk pepper; 1/2 tsp salt - BLEND - Pour into a zip lock bag - add fish. Marinate 30 minutes in refrigerator turning bag a few times. Great on grill. Four minutes each side or until fish flakes but not dry.
"The Walden Way". Switch from sugary barbeque sauce that can easily add hundreds of calories and treat yourself to Walden Farms Calorie Free BBQ Sauces. No calories, fat, carbs, gluten or sugars of any kind. Made with minced tomatoes, apple cider, Dijon mustard, Worchester sauce, cayenne pepper, dozens of freshly ground herbs and spices and the finest imported and domestic aged vinegars. Brush it on to your heart's content or use it as a marinade.
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