Chef Solus’ Healthy Cooking Tips
Healthy cooking doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste. There are many little changes you can make to a recipe that will make it healthier
- Use reduced fat or low fat ingredients such as low fat cheese or skim milk
- Use small amounts of high salt ingredients such as soy sauce or chicken broth. Add water to dilute the amount.
- Use a small amount of healthy oils instead of butter, shortening or lard. Using a teaspoon or brush helps control the amount of oils you are using.
- Use low fat cooking methods such as grilling, steaming, boiling, or baking.
- Preserve the nutrients and colors in veggies. Cook them quickly by steaming or stir-frying.
- Skinless white meat chicken/turkey are low in fat. Lean ground turkey is a healthy substitute for ground beef.
- To lower sodium, you can replace salt with herbs and spices or some of the salt-free seasoning mixes. Use lemon juice, citrus zest or hot chilies to add flavor.
- Use whole grain rice, flour, and pasta. Look for the word “whole” on the package.
- Healthy oils (fat) usually comes from unrefined products such as fish, nuts, avocado, seeds, and olives.