I cook most of my meals in an electric rice cooker, which has a steaming tray. Better carbs, no extra fat, and no picking at it while you eat. If you're shopping, try to find a rice cooker with a steaming tray. If you can't find one, there are still lots of recipes you can make, and a lot of them don't even include rice.
To get in lots of good veggies every day, make a soup or stew on the weekend to eat at lunch or dinnertime during the week. Be sure to throw in a green (spinach?) a can of beans for (fiber and protein) onions and possibly garlic, mushrooms, and a variety of colorful veggies. Use different spices to change up the taste.
You know what I mean...you are putting things away after a meal and there's a handful of olives, or a few slices of tomato, one little bit of leftover peas, maybe one solitary slice of pie or one dollop of whipped cream left over. You do not have to "clean up" the serving dishes to avoid putting away a single serving. I have to remind myself at every meal that every bite "extra" I take still counts on my daily calorie goals.
If you are craving cookies but don't want to eat the whole batch, this secret is for you! Next time you make a batch of cookies, bake only 1 or 2 for each person in your household. Use a melon baller to scoop the rest of the dough onto a cookie sheet and then freeze it on the sheet. When frozen, store in a freezer bag (separate w/ wax paper) & write the time to bake and oven temp on the front. You can bake 1 or 2 at a time by adding 2 minutes to the total baking time!
Do you like using fresh herbs in your cooking, but never use a whole pack? Waste money on those jars of ready chopped seasoning?
When we buy a whole pineapple and peel/core it to serve, we save the core and put it INSIDE a chicken or turkey while it's being roasted. GREAT flavor, keeps the bird moist and tender, and uses up what otherwise would have been thrown away.
I spent the money for a recipe program for my computer and save recipes I find in magazines, books, online, etc.. We can only recall and save so many recipes from the many places we see them. This way, recipes I find which are healthy and look good are at my fingertips. This program actually allows me to copy a recipe and "captures" it to avoid a lengthy process of transcribing it over.
Try using fat free cream cheese (available at Walmart) instead of butter and cream. One serving is 30 calories and of course no fat. It's really good on a baked potato instead of butter, and I have also used it to make Alfredo sauce and to make the creaminess for chowder soups.
Need to bring water to a boil before adding an ingredient? You probably know that covering your pot with a lid causes water to boil faster. I go one step further: My tea kettle is fully enclosed. I add the water to the tea kettle and put it on the stove.
For 2 servings, you'll need : Flesh of mango, chopped. 1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped. 1 small banana or half a large banana, chopped. 8 ice cubes. Half freshly squeezed lime juice (optional, depending on taste) and 150ml skimmed milk. Simply cruch the ice in a blender and then add the rest of the ingredients then blend until smooth. 1 serving is approximately 177 Calories.
I drink tons of water every day and flavor it with TRUE LEMON (or TRUE LIME or TRUE GRAPEFRUIT). There are no calories, no preservatives and no artificial ingredients. It's nothing but pure, crystallized fruit flavor.
If you're "vertically challenged" like me, you know how difficult it is to get high enough to push down on your apple slicer to cut through and more often then not it ROLLS to one side! I've found that if I put the apple top side down that it stabilizes the apple making for an easier cut!
The perfect way to make sure leftovers get eaten -- schedule them in on the food planner when you add the original meal. It's easy! You can copy the food group directly over and, for me at least, I'm making my lazy work for me. I'd almost rather just eat the leftovers that I planned than remove all those foods and add in what I really ate. Double win: leftovers get eaten AND tracked!
Always have healthy shredded chicken ready for use in quick main dishes and salads! Purchase chicken in bulk, cook it in a slow cooker until it is soft, and then shred it. Store it in the freezer in 4 oz servings and take it out as needed. It defrosts very rapidly that way!
Learning to can and preserve your own food does more than save you money. Many of the products on the market like canned tomatoes, beans, and fruits are canned in cans that have a lining that may be harmful to your health and can cause cancer. By canning your own food you save money and your health. Need help getting started? Go online, the library, or even your local cooperative extension has advice. You don't have to start out with pressure canning. (continued in more information)
When you switch to a lower calorie lifestyle, invariably you end up cooking differently. No doubt non-stick skillets and grill pans figure prominently as well as enamel coated cookware like Le Creuset). Cleaning these pans can be very difficult as things tend to stick the less fat you use in cooking.
They're convenient, cheap, fast and easy to make... We've all grabbed them off the shelf and served them up for dinner!
I really do not like processed breads and the wheat breads you get at the bakery are always lacking in flavor, texture, etc. So, I started making my own baked goods using white wheat flour.