Do you love Asian food but worry about the sodium? I know I do! Even if you are making the meal yourself, you still have to be careful about the sodium in different ingredients. Always make sure to use the low-sodium version while cooking. My secret technique is to use a small amount of chicken broth to replace certain ingredients. For example, you can replace a 1/4 cup of chicken broth for soy sauce in many recipes. The healthiest chicken broth is made by you, but there are many brands out there that are healthy choices. Check out my Chicken Yakitori recipe for an example of a chicken broth swap.
I saw this idea in one of the cookbooks I recently found at the library, The Family Cooks by Laurie David. Make a rainbow of vegetables. Ridgely and I had a great time matching up the colors of the rainbow with fruits and veggies she and her brothers like to eat. Try this with your kids – and get creative!
Cilantro is the herb I use the most…why? So many reasons, but mostly because I just love its fresh and bright taste.
How do you store it? Gently wash, blot or air dry, then wrap loosely in a few paper towels, place in a ziploc bag and put it in the fridge. If you change the damp paper towels every 2 days your cilantro will remain fresh for 5-7 days.
How do you use it? Cilantro is great sprinkled on salads, lots of main dishes (Mexican, Asian and Indian meals are great places to start) and is terrific in dressings and marinades.
Brining is so important and you can use this simple process to make your healthy meal so much tastier! When you cook lean proteins – chicken, pork, turkey and shrimp – they have a tendency to dry out. Brining ensures that that your food stays moist and juicy. Water and salt are the essential ingredients in any brine. You can also use sugar and all different types of herbs as flavor enhancers.
Make sure you always keep the brine in the refrigerator and rinse thoroughly before continuing with your recipe. Try it and you will be amazed at the difference! Have some questions? Let me know – I would be happy to modify your specific recipe.
Yogurt is your fridge’s new MVP ingredient! Replace mayonnaise with yogurt and you’ll cut fat and calories without sacrificing flavor.
Here’s how – take a favorite recipe and replace the mayo with an equal amount of 1/2 non-fat plain yogurt and 1/2 Greek yogurt. Why do you need both? The plain yogurt keeps the dish creamy and the Greek yogurts adds a tangy flavor. Have a substitution you want to try, but have a question on how to do it? Let me know – I would love to help!
Ground turkey and chicken are lean and healthy, but not very flavorful. Instead think of them as blank canvases. For each lb of ground protein heat 2 tbsp of canola oil in a non-stick pan – you need to add some fat for the browning to work well. Then get to work seasoning. For example in an Italian inspired dish – add 1 tsp kosher salt, 1 tbsp garlic powder and 1 tsp oregano for each lb of ground turkey or chicken. Once the protein is browned you can continue with your recipe as directed. Your meal will so much tastier and the difference is the layers of flavor that you added. Your flavor combinations can be tailored to the meal you are making.