The Way to Cook Healthier: Some Tips to Improve Your Wellness, Without Giving Up on Delicious Meals
Is it possible to cook healthier without radically changing your diet or compromise in terms of flavor? The following techniques will help you accomplish that!
Learn how to use grease in your cooking.
Some people are convinced that fats are the number-one evil in the kitchen: something to avoid at all costs! While you should certainly not go ahead and drink a glass of olive oil, or munch on a spoonful of butter, using grease correctly in your cooking can help you stay healthier.
Learning how to use oil at the right temperature for frying, for example, is essential. Instead of ending up with a soggy, greasy meal, you’ll be able to enjoy a crisp, surprisingly light flavor without needing as much oil. The same goes for butter, coconut oil, lard, margarine, and other forms of cooking grease.
Take the time to learn more about the optimal temperature of whichever fat you are using, and consider buying a cooking thermometer, which can help you improve your technique. Not only will your cooking taste better, but it will be healthier since you won’t be soaking it in oil and grease at the wrong temperature.
Many people add sugar to sauces, stews, dips, and salad dressing to enhance the flavor. If you don't add sugar, you might rely on some sauces, spices or flavor enhancers you buy at the grocery shop. Chances are, these products feature a lot of sugar! This is a widespread technique to use when making a tomato sauce.
However, added sugar might not always be the most beneficial thing for your wellness! Thankfully, there is another trick to add that much-needed sweet aftertaste to your recipes. Caramelize your veggie! This is an easy technique that will allow you to ramp up the flavor profile of your dishes and enhance the nutrients as well.
Try it with some onions. Chop up an onion as thinly as you can and let it cook at very low heat for 15 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on how much caramelization you want to achieve. Keep adding a little bit of water or broth when the onion dries up, just to stop them from burning and becoming bitter. You’ll notice that the onions will become incredibly sweet and add a nice flavor to your recipes!
Since caramelizing veggies can be a bit time-consuming, you could even do a big batch and split the content into several containers. You can use them later or even freeze them for long-term storage!
This technique also works with carrots, leeks, and many other veggies and fruit. Give it a try, as this is a fantastic way to release the natural sugars of your ingredients without necessarily adding more sugar.