When it comes to cooking healthy, there are a ton of advice and recipes, but following it can often be difficult since false information about nutritious ways of cooking has become so commonplace. We are unintentionally exposed to myths on a daily basis. Most of these misconceptions generally include a grain of truth. However, they also overlook crucial details. “Removing chicken skins during cooking helps reduce calories” and “Replacing butter with margarine is healthier” are just a few misconceptions that come along with a simple internet search.
Now on to the good part. Here we will be looking at some of the top 6 ways of learning to cook the healthier way.
- Roast Chicken
- Sounds pretty easy, right? And it sure is. But you need to keep certain things into account, such as investing in a good thermometer and following the right roasting method. Temp your bird in the densest part of the thigh until it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This will prevent the chicken from becoming dry, and will still maintain its moistness and juiciness. A good tip is to season your bird with pepper and salt under the skin as this will allow it to come in direct contact with the meat, thus offering more flavor.
- Get the Crisp without the Oil
- Rather than deep-frying your food, dip it in egg, dunk it in breadcrumbs or seasoned flour, lightly coat it with cooking spray or canola oil, then place it on a wire rack and bake at 425 to 450 degrees F until they become crispy.
- Split the Difference
- Rather than blindly following a recipe, begin by eliminating unhealthy ingredients like sugar, butter, or oil by 50%. You can then adjust to taste. You will most probably be able to utilize far less than what the recipe called for in order to come up with the same flavor.
- Replace Cream with Avocado
- If you are in the mood for a creamy salad, simply puree an avocado, then add herbs and other seasonings like chilies and mint to the solution. And presto! You’ve got yourself a nutritious yet delicious and creamy dressing that isn’t loaded with unhealthy fats.
- Make Your BBQ Sauce a little Less Unhealthy
- The BBQ sauce is usually rich in calories and salt. To cut back on these unhealthy quantities, all you need to do is dilute the sauce with surplus brewed coffee (2 tbsp of coffee per half a sauce cup).
- Curb Carbs
- When in the mood for pasta or a salad, boost the nutritional value by piling them up with vegetables. Replace 50% of the noodles as instructed in the recipe with lightly sauteed veggies such as mushrooms, snow peas, and peppers. For salads, use add-ins like cucumbers, feta, herbs, olives, and peppers.
These are just some of the many ways that will help you learn to cook healthy.